Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad is a great choice for any summer get together! Bow tie pasta, fresh broccoli, sweet grapes and salty bacon come together in a light mayonnaise based sauce for a wonderful combination of textures and flavors.

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy recipe for a fresh broccoli and grape side dish perfect for your BBQ or summer party!



It's the second Monday of the month and that means it's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal.  This month I was assigned to the blog Flavors by Four.  Flavors by Four is a blog run by mother and daughter foodies Susan and Nicole where they take turns sharing all kinds of delicious recipes! 

Once again, like I have every month this year, I had a difficult time choosing a recipe to make and highlight.  I've had a difficult time because there have been so many excellent recipes to choose from and the blog, Flavors by Four, was no exception.  I bookmarked several recipes to try including this Vegetable Frittata, these Oatmeal Fudge Bars, and this Greek Orzo Salad...but ultimately, I decided on this Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad because it reminded me of one of my favorite choices on the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays restaurant.  

I will warn you, this recipe makes A LOT of salad!  So it's perfect for all those upcoming summer BBQ's and occasions where you need to bring a dish to share!  If you are making this for your family at home you might want to halve the recipe.   

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy recipe for a fresh broccoli and grape side dish perfect for your BBQ or summer party!

I loved the sweet "pop" of the grapes in this salad!  It was a really nice contrast to the salty bacon and the broccoli.  This was one of Nicole's recipes and she used pecans in her salad, but since I was trying to mimic that salad I love from Ruby Tuesdays, I replaced the pecans with sunflower seeds in my version.  Otherwise, I made the recipe as it was written.  

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy recipe for a fresh broccoli and grape side dish perfect for your BBQ or summer party!

With my son's upcoming graduation party this summer, I know I will be making this salad again!  We all enjoyed it and I think it would be a great addition to the menu for the party! Thank you Nicole for a great recipe!  

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy recipe for a fresh broccoli and grape side dish perfect for your BBQ or summer party!

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad

Renee P.
Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad
Bow tie pasta, fresh broccoli, sweet grapes and salty bacon come together in a light mayonnaise based sauce for a wonderful combination of flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1- 12 ounce box of bow-tie pasta
  • 2 lbs. fresh broccoli florets
  • 4 cups seedless, red grapes, halved
  • 3/4 roasted, salted and shelled sunflower seeds
  • 12 slices of bacon, cripsy cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 cups reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions in well salted water to al dente, drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In VERY LARGE bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Add in the cooked and rinsed pasta, broccoli, grapes, sunflower seeds, bacon and red onions. Mix well to coat in dressing.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to allow flavors to combine and pasta to get cold.
Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: salad, broccoli, pasta, grapes, side dish Like what you see?

Adapted from Flavors by Four 




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19 comments:

  1. Renee, What a lovely salad! I can't wait to try this one, as I am a Ruby Tuesday's salad bar lover myself! ;) I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed cooking from your blog this month! It was truly a pleasure! Thanks for all of the great recipes!

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    1. Thank you so much Michaela! I loved your pick from my blog...your photos are just beautiful!!!

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  2. Broccoli Salad rocks....I love the combination of flavors! Great SRC selection.

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  3. Oh my yum! This salad has all of my favorite flavors in it. Pinned!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Bec! We enjoyed this salad a lot!

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  4. This is my favorite pasta salad! The flavors are so incredible!! Great photos, Renee!!

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  5. This salad definitely sounds like a winner for a potluck.

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  6. So glad you liked the Pasta Salad recipe!! Congrats to your son on graduating!!

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  7. Of course it will be good..hello, bacon? Sounds perfect for summer pot lucks and BBQs

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  8. I love grape in salads! It's a sweet surprise in a hearty side dish. This one looks so great!

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  9. This pasta salad looks so tasty! Love the sweet grapes in this recipe!

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  10. I'm pinning this to save and will try it in a couple weeks. I'm in a club and twice a year we do a "Salad Supper" where have dinner with just pot-luck salads. Gong to make this one!

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  11. Wow! I never would have thought to add grapes to a pasta salad! :) I bet the contrast of the sweetness of the grapes with the bacon and broccoli is delicious.

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  12. Broccoli salads are a favorite of mine, but never thought to add pasta. What a great dish to make for this month's SRC!

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  13. I love the idea of sweet grapes with savory broccoli. Fantastic!

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  14. This salad looks very delicious! Perfect for my upcoming family reunion in June!

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  15. This looks over the top delicious!

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  16. What an interesting combination for a salad Renee! Pinned and shared!

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