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Broccoli Pasta Salad

Today I decided that our supper would be enjoyed out on the back patio.  Not a terribly hard decision except that it is summer in Florida.  Outside is HOT.  Then again, there are beautiful flowers, lots of birds, and a blue, blue sky – the perfect day for a cold pasta dish to keep us from sweating in our food!

This is an easy one to make and the trick, as with all cold pasta dishes, is to fix it early in the day so the flavors have a chance to blend together and it tastes like it is supposed to.  A pasta salad is so easy and there are infinite variations of both the ingredients and the dressing.

Gather all of your ingredients! When I was a kid it seemed pasta salad was always a mixture of  pasta, onions, pickles and celery mixed with mayo, but we have come a long way from that.  Or maybe my mom just wasn’t an inspired cook!


  • ½ box of elbow or tricolor pasta, cooked, drained and rinsed in cool water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Grinding of peppercorns
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, cut to your preferred serving size
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup red or yellow onion, diced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled



In a large bowl. mix together the broccoli, cheese, onion & bacon.  Add cooked pasta.

In a smaller bowl whisk together the mayo, vinegar, sugar and salt.  Pour over the other ingredients and mix well.  Top with a grinding of black pepper (to taste), cover and refrigerate.

Dinner is served! This Broccoli Pasta Salad is great with some sliced ripe tomatoes.  Add a burger if you have a very hungry family!




Broccoli Pasta Salad – An Easy and Delicious Summer Meal — 11 Comments

  1. This looks absolutely delicious! Using Bacon Bits would make this a great vegetarian dish. My kids will love it.

  2. boy oh boy this sounds so good, I’ve made broccoli pasta salad but so bland compared to this recipe I must try it – good for winter, too!

  3. This looks delicious! I will be sure to try it! thank you for sharing.

  4. I would love to make this! (But taking out the bacon and adding something else, for vegetarian-friendly.) I don’t really have any recipes for cold pasta dishes… unless leftover spaghetti counts. 🙂

  5. I love salads like these with fresh vegetables in them. Will taste yummier with the bacon in it for my family. thanks for the recipe. Perfect for cookouts .

  6. I always make this in the summer time. So refreshing and yummy. Thank you for sharing.

  7. This looks very delish! and I bet its great for someone like me who is trying to watch what they eat.

  8. This sounds so good. It presents itself beautifully with all the color. I will have to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing

  9. This will make a great summer meal. I can’t wait to make this. Thank you so much

  10. This looks good . We are huge fans of broccoli. I try and serve it as much as possible. I like how this would work well for the summer.