Broccoli Pasta Salad Recipe
If you’re looking for the perfect side dish for Easter (or anytime) give this Broccoli Pasta Salad a try. For as far back as I can remember, I have loved broccoli and cauliflower. That may seem odd since most kids hate those particular veggies but I have always had a love for them. In fact, the first “meal” I cooked involved broccoli. I had the bright idea of chopping up some broccoli and tossing it on a baking sheet with thick slices of cheddar cheese.
After baking this concoction until the cheese melted, it was then served to Granny with Ranch Dressing. I thought it was delicious and was so proud of my very first meal to ever cook! Looking back, that’s one of my favorite memories in the kitchen. My recipes have certainly evolved since that day many years ago, but I still put just as much love and pride into what I create.
How to make Keto or Low Carb Broccoli Salad
Before we go any further, I want to acknowledge all of my Keto and Low Carb friends out there. This Broccoli Pasta Salad can easily be made Keto or Low Carb friendly by simply omitting the pasta. The great thing is that it tastes just as fabulous without the pasta too!
Broccoli Salad Recipe
Start by rinsing your broccoli and cauliflower under water to remove any dirt. Shake off any excess water and cut the broccoli and cauliflower crowns into florets. Once you have 2 cups of each, toss them into a large mixing bowl.
Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad with Onion
Slice a red onion in half and remove the papery, outer skin. Dice the red onion into very small pieces and add it to the mixing bowl with the cauliflower and broccoli. Grate 1/2 cup of Colby Jack cheese and 1/2 cup of white cheddar cheese and. Add the freshly grated cheese to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients.
Sauce Recipe for Easy Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad
Let’s make some awesome sauce for our Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad. The ingredients are simple; just mayonnaise, plain Greek yogurt, and Ranch seasoning. I’ve got a great Homemade Mayonnaise recipe HERE, just saying.
Broccoli Pasta Salad
Stir the Ranch seasoning along with the mayo and Greek yogurt into the Broccoli Pasta Salad. Cook 5 ounces of pasta until al dente (any kind will do), drain the water from the pasta, and rinse in cold water. Add the cooked pasta in with your other ingredients.
Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad
Toss everything really well until all ingredients are well combined and coated in the sauce. Crumble 5 pieces of cooked turkey bacon and add to the Broccoli Pasta Salad because bacon makes everything better! Beef bacon can also be substituted in for turkey bacon.
What goes well with Broccoli Salad?
This Broccoli Pasta Salad can be served immediately, however I recommend chilling it beforehand. In order for the flavors to really set in and combine, chill this Broccoli Salad in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. Wondering what to serve this fabulous pasta salad with? Some meals that pair well with this Broccoli Salad include my BBQ Ranch Chicken Quarters, and my Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. This Broccoli Pasta Salad also makes a great Easter dinner side dish! My mom makes this Broccoli Salad every year for Easter and it has become a fast favorite around our table.
Thank you for stopping by my kitchen today and allowing me to share a treasured memory with you, along with this delicious recipe. I hope you’ll come back soon and visit with me! Happy dining!
Broccoli Pasta Salad
A creamy, delicious pasta salad with crunchy broccoli, crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and the wonderful flavor of Ranch seasoning.
- 2 cups broccoli florets fresh, raw
- 2 cups cauliflower fresh, raw
- 1/2 small red onion diced
- 1/2 cup Colby Jack Cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup Real Olive Oil Mayo
- 2 tbsp Ranch Seasoning
- 5 oz uncooked pasta any kind
- 5 slices cooked, crispy, turkey bacon
Boil pasta according to package directions until al dente, then drain, rinse in cold water, and place in a large mixing bowl
Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet until crispy and crumble into small pieces. Add to the bowl with the pasta.
Wash the broccoli and cauliflower under cool water and cut into florets, remove the long stems. Place in a the bowl with the pasta and bacon.
Remove the outer skin from the onion and dice into small pieces, then add with the rest of your ingredients.
Shred the cheese and add in with other ingredients.
Add in the Greek yogurt, mayo, and ranch seasoning, and begin to gently stir all of the ingredients together.
Stir until all ingredients are well combined and serve immediately or allow to chill, covered, in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.
Calories and nutritional information have been calculated using Penne Protein Plus Pasta and turkey bacon.
This pasta salad can easily be made into a tasty, Low Carb/Keto friendly salad by omitting the pasta.
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