Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad


Pasta with fresh broccoli, red onion with sweet red grapes, a little bacon, and pecans. Toss with a creamy sweet and tangy dressing and you have a delish side dish. 

1 cup chopped pecans
1 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup diced red onion
⅓ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
8 ounces bow-tie pasta, cooked (½ of a 16-oz. package)
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cut
broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using tip of a paring knife. Peel away the tough outer layer of stems, and finely chop stems.

Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes, and stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Stir bacon and pecans into salad just before serving.




Joanne said...

This sounds delicious! I have made a similar pasta salad using pasta, broccoli, pecans, and grapes but just used a simple vinaigrette dressing.