The Shady Porch: Broccoli Pasta Salad...side dish or supper it works either way!

7.12.2013

Broccoli Pasta Salad...side dish or supper it works either way!

This is our favorite pasta salad. It is a wonderful combination of crunchy and soft with lots of flavor...like bacon and cheese! I use this recipe for big family gatherings since it's so easy to make and you can prepare it ahead of time too! 
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Super Side dish or Super Supper!





Broccoli-Pasta Salad
1 box pasta (corkscrew, bow tie and large elbow each work well)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Splenda (or sugar)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (we've used both salted & unsalted)
1/2 cup crumbled bacon pieces (8 to 10 slices)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup diced green onion (or red onion...I use both)
3 cups chopped, raw broccoli (in small pieces)

Broccoli Pasta Salad by The Shady Porch #salad #gardenharvest #pasta #pastasalad #broccoli #sidedish #supper #entree Directions:
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse pasta in cold water to stop the cooking. Place completely cooled pasta in large bowl.
  • Add broccoli pieces, bacon, onion(s) and sunflower seeds to the pasta and toss. 
  • To prepare the dressing - whisk mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and Splenda. Pour over pasta mix. Toss until coated. Refrigerate until chilled (if you can wait) for about 1 hour. Toss and serve. 
recipe courtesy of Dreamfields website 

Other Shady Porch recipes you might enjoy!
Homemade Potato Salad - Quick Southern Recipe
Grape Salad...creamy and crunchy too!
 Cornbread Salad...a meal or side dish
Delightful Watermelon-Cucumber Salad