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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.  

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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.

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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

Mary Beth
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 874 kcal


  • 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


  • 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 Facts
Creamy Broccoli Pasta Salad with Bacon and Grapes
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 874 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 27g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 827mg36%
Potassium 724mg21%
Carbohydrates 82g27%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 803IU16%
Vitamin C 105mg127%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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