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. 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.

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Recipe Summary

hands-on:
25 mins
total:
3 hrs 25 mins
Yield:
Makes 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.