Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad


Give your pasta salad a fresh, colorful spin.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
6 to 8 serves

Easy to assemble and easy to transport, pasta salads instantly take the guesswork out of prepping for crowd-filled occasions like potlucks and picnics. A classic pasta salad recipe is a staple for any Southern hostess, primarily because cold salads will always fit perfectly for brunch, ladies luncheons, and light summer suppers alike. Give your salad lineup a fresh, colorful spin this season, starting with broccoli-and-grape salad.

If you're a broccoli salad fan, you'll really swoon over this version. Fresh broccoli and chopped pecans add glorious crunch to the creamy, farfalle-based pasta salad, while grapes add just a touch of sweetness. Finish it all with some crumbled bacon slices? Now we're in business.

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Jennifer Davick

A sweet-yet-tangy dressing lets all the ingredients really shine. Serve this broccoli pasta salad recipe as a spring or summertime side alongside your favorite grilled chicken recipe, or double the batch to share at a potluck or church gathering.


  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 pound fresh broccoli

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • cup sugar

  • cup diced red onion

  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

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

  4. 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.

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