Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad - great for all your summer cookouts! SO easy to make! Broccoli, grapes, pasta, bacon, pecans, mayonnaise, sugar, red onion, red wine vinegar, and salt. Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve. Took this to a potluck and everyone went back for seconds. I didn't have any leftovers!
Broccoli Grape Pasta salad in a bowl

This Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad is Great For a Crowd

I served this Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad at our Memorial Day cookout and it was a huge hit! Everyone went back for seconds. I didn't have any leftovers! I can see why. This stuff is crazy delicious! It combines two of our favorite side dishes into one. Broccoli salad and pasta salad. Add in some seedless grapes and you have an unbelievable side dish that everyone loves!

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad in a bowl

How to Make Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad

This Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad is very easy to make. Boil the pasta and chop the broccoli. Toss it together with some pecans, onion, grapes, bacon, and a quick homemade dressing. YUM! The dressing is a little sweet and a little tangy. Perfect!

Can Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad Be Made in Advance?

Absolutely! I prefer to make this Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad the day before serving and refrigerate it overnight. This allows the flavors to develop. This will keep 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.

Can Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad Be Frozen?

Unfortunately, this Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad can NOT be frozen. Freezing mayonnaise-based salads like this don't work. The mayonnaise will separate and you will be left with a greasy mess.

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad in a bowl

What Goes with Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad?

This Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad is great for all your summer cookouts. It makes a great side for burgers, chicken, pork, just about anything. You could even add some chicken and make this a main dish! Here are a few of our favorite recipes on the blog that are good with Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad:






Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad in a bowl
Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad in a bowl
Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad in a bowl
Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad in a bowl
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broccoli grape pasta salad in a bowl




quick, easy, simple, gluten-free, crowd, potluck, tailgating
Entree
American
Yield: serves 10 to 12

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad

prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins
Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad - great for all your summer cookouts! SO easy to make! Broccoli, grapes, pasta, bacon, pecans, mayonnaise, sugar, red onion, red wine vinegar, and salt. Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve. Took this to a potluck and everyone went back for seconds. I didn't have any leftovers! #pastasalad #broccolisalad #sidedish #potluck

ingredients:

  • 8-oz bowtie pasta
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked & chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion

instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, chopped broccoli, pecans, grapes, bacon, and red onion. Toss to combine.
  4. Pour dressing over pasta mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  6. Garnish with more cooked bacon, if desired.

NOTES:

Can make ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve.




MORE PASTA SALAD RECIPES:
Macaroni Coleslaw
Sweet Macaroni Salad
Cracked Out Pea Salad
Mac & Cheese Pasta Salad
Pepper Jack Pasta Salad


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4 comments

  1. Have you ever blanched the broccoli?

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    1. I have not blanched the broccoli, but I think it would be just fine.

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    2. I made this and did blanche the broccoli first. About, four minutes, then the ice bath. I liked this salad very much! I was so intrigued by the ingredient combination. One person requested, "More bacon, please!" go figure.

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    3. SO glad you enjoyed it, Susy! I guess you can never have too much bacon! YUM!

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