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Creamy Broccoli Pasta Salad with Bacon and Grapes

This creamy bacon broccoli pasta salad is perfect for summer picnics, family dinners, and entertaining.  
The addition of sweet red grapes gives it just the right amount of sweet to balance this simple to make recipe. 
Close up photo of broccoli pasta salad with bacon and grapes in a sweet and tangy creamy dressing.

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 cupcakesandcrinoline.com

In the winter months I make lots of potato dishes including my Mom's sweet potato casserole and classic mashed potatoes ~ but in the summer I want something a little lighter.

Broccoli and Pasta Salad with Bacon from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Ignore the bacon....I know it's not light).  

But, pasta is filling and with a family of all guys who are almost always hungry the filling part of any recipe is important.  

This recipe is so tasty and an easy side dish that's perfect to make ahead for picnics, pot lucks, and summer entertaining.

Creamy Broccoli Pasta Salad with Bacon and Grapes

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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:8 mins
Total Time:23 mins

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces rotini pasta one box
  • 2 pounds fresh broccoli crowns
  • cup sugar
  • cup red onion chopped
  • cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 cups seedless red grapes halved
  • ½ pound bacon slices cooked and crumbled

Instructions

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

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 874kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 27g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 724mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 105mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 874kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $8.00

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  1. Jamie | anderson + grant says:

    Would you mind if I picked out the broccoli and took a second helping of bacon 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      LOL I will make a batch just for you with no broccoli and extra bacon, Jamie! 😉

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