April 14, 2016

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes

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Hey, do you love traditional broccoli salad?  Then you've got  to try it turned into a pasta salad!  Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes packs all the fabulous flavors of traditional broccoli salad, with the added hearty punch of pasta.

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I've long been a fan of good ol' broccoli salad.  With it's slightly-sweet dressing, crunch of fresh raw broccoli, bacon saltiness, and sweetness of grapes {or craisins, if you're my Mom}, it's like a flavor rainbow in your mouth.  What's not to love?  {Unless of course, you don't like broccoli ... in which case, you probably shouldn't be reading this post.  Just sayin'.}

But hey, broccoli salad gets even better with the addition of a hearty dose of pasta!
This Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes is one of those recipes that's been in my "gotta try this" pile forever.  We all have that pile, right?

I know I sure do.

I tear recipes out of magazines all the time.  Beg recipes from my friends all the time.  Find goodies to try in new cookbooks all the time.  Come up with new ideas and jot them down all the time.

And into a pile they go.

Oh, it's now at least an organized pile ... categorized and filed in a pretty binder after I got tired of digging through a truly big ol' regular  pile.  But it's a pile, all the same.

So after finding the inspiration for this delicious Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes in Southern Living Magazine about three years ago, I finally got around to digging it out of the pile and giving it a try.

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes packs all the fabulous flavors of traditional broccoli salad, with the added hearty punch of pasta.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Well, it was worth the wait.

Yes, this salad packs all the wonderful flavors of the traditional broccoli salad we love.  And I love the addition of pasta.  It adds a soft textural element to the crunch of the raw broccoli.  And adds a bit more heartiness to the dish.

If you're looking for a flavorful salad to feed a crowd, or just want to put a new little spin on your classic broccoli salad, print out this recipe and give Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes a try.

Just don't stick the printout in your recipe pile ... It may just stay their untouched for about three years.  Like it did for me.

And it's way  too tasty for that.

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes packs all the fabulous flavors of traditional broccoli salad, with the added hearty punch of pasta.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes
Source:  Adapted from Southern Living Magazine, September 2011
Ingredients
  • 2 c. dry bow-tie pasta {about 8 oz.}
  • 4 c. fresh broccoli florets {about 1 pound}
  • 1 1/2 c. halved seedless red grapes
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 2/3 c. diced red onions
  • 1/3 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta cooks, cut broccoli florets into small pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, red onion, red wine vinegar, and salt. Add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes. Stir to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
  3. Stir in bacon and pecans just before serving.
Enjoy!




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7 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, this looks so good! Happy Sunday!

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  2. This is my kind of salad. Looks like a great combination of textures and flavors!

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  3. I love broccoli salad and this version of it looks so good! I can't wait to give it a try.

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  4. I just love the addition of the grapes and the pasta to your Broccoli salad, this looks great! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. I"m so glad I found you on the Create Linky Inspire Linky! I Love finding new broccoli recipes. and this one looks so delicious! I can't wait to eat it!

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  6. This looks yummy!Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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