7/5/12

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

This is a pasta salad that is crunchy and full of healthy goodness. I love broccoli, but I think even a broccoli skeptic might become a convert when the broccoli is tossed with all the red grapes, pasta, toasted pecans, bacon, and tangy dressing in this salad.


Original recipe source: Southern Living



Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 (16 ounce) package farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
1 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a shallow pan. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Set aside.
Prepare pasta al dente according to package directions. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces.
To make the dressing - Combine mayonnaise, sugar, onion, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl; whisk together. Add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes; stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Just before serving, stir bacon and pecans into the salad.


The dressing is made from mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, diced red onion, sugar, and salt.


Combine the broccoli, pasta, and grapes with the dressing mixture, then chill for 3 hours.


Just before serving, stir in the bacon and toasted pecans, delicious.




16 comments:

  1. I love this salad, though I've never tried it with the pasts. I've read versions where raisins are used instead of grades, but I much prefer the red grapes; yum!

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  2. There is not one ingredient in there that I don't love so what do you think the odds are I am going to love this recipe! It's like the perfect food and so good for this hot, hot, can I say it one more time....HOT weather! Thanks Anita!

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  3. Hi Anita, I saw you on My Turn For Us's party! I too have been putting grapes in my salads lately and it's SO good! I will have to try yours sometime!

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  4. What an different twist to pasta salad, I would love to try this. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays:)

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  5. Your pasta salad sounds wonderful! I make a broccoli salad that I love but add grapes and pasta? I'm in! We'll be making this this summer. Thank you!

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  6. What a great summer recipe. With the weather reaching near 100 everyday this week, this simple pasta salad could really hit the spot !

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  7. I love broccoli salad and I love pasta salad and here they are together....a match made in food heaven! I'm thinking about using cherry tomatoes in place of the grapes because my hubby gets sooo many from his friend's garden that he helps with.

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  8. It looks yummy! I shouldn't feast my eyes on an empty stomach :)

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  9. say what!?! This looks so great and yummy!! Can't wait to add this to my recipes I gotta try list! Thank you!!

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  10. love this combination never really put grapes in mine but they sound so welcoming and good will have to try this come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  11. Anita, grapes and bacon! Yum! This looks heavenly. Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday. Have you liked us on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/NotYourOrdinaryAgent

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  12. Anita, I love the grapes and bacon! Fantastic flavors! Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday. Have you liked us on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/NotYourOrdinaryAgent

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  13. Hi Anita,
    I just love the addition of the grapes to this awesome recipe. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  14. The subject of this week's Food on Friday is Salad. It would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . I found this through Melt in Your Mouth Mondays

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