This salad is perfect for family dinners and entertaining.  You can take it with you on picnics or to get togethers has bacon so in my book that pretty much means it's perfect!

Broccoli and pasta salad with warm bacon ~ the perfect recipe for summer entertaining from

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Summer cooking can be a little tricky ~ yes, you can grill (yum) but side dishes are a separate issue.  

Broccoli and Pasta Salad with Bacon from

In the winter months I make lots of potatoes ~ mashed, scalloped, baked ~ but in the summer I want something a little lighter.

Broccoli and Pasta Salad with Bacon from

Ignore the bacon….I know it’s not light).  Pasta is filling – with all boys they’re always hungry so filling is important.  This recipe is tasty, filling and an easy side dish.  

Bacon, Broccoli and Pasta Salad
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1 box of rotini pasta

2 pounds of fresh broccoli crowns

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup chopped red onion

2/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 tsp. salt

2 cups mayonnaise

4 cups of seedless red grapes, halved

1/2 pound bacon slices, cooked and crumbled


  1. Prepare pasta according to the directions on the package cooking al dente.
  2. Cut broccoli florets and separate into small pieces; finely chop stems.
  3. Whisk together sugar, red onion, red wine vinegar, salt, and mayonnaise until smooth.
  4. Add broccoli, pasta, and grapes to the above dressing. Cover and chill 3 hours.
  5. Add bacon just before serving.

If you like the recipe above (I so hope you do) you may also like these other salad ideas: 

Southwestern Cornbread Chicken Salad

Southwestern Cornbread Chicken Salad

Balsamic Chicken Salad #MealsTogether @cupcakesandcrinoline

Balsamic Chicken Salad

Have a beautiful day!