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Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

1 (6 ounce) box gemelli pasta
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 (16 ounce) bags frozen broccoli florets
1 (16 ounce) package bacon, crisply coked and crumbled
1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey mustard
2 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 cups dried cranberries

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Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

  • Serves 8
  • Easy

About This Recipe

The famous salad of broccoli with bacon and grapes has been around for a while. While this salad is delicious, I wanted to stretch it a bit and make it more of a main dish. So I added pasta, and changed up the dressing.

This salad is fresh and full of wonderful flavors, even though it’s made with frozen broccoli. It’s ideal for a summer meal and is even great as a snack.

You can use fresh broccoli to make the salad; just remove the florets and cook them in simmering water for a few minutes until they are tender. Drain and continue with the recipe.

Enjoy!

Steps

1
Done

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, then drain.

2
Done

Sauté the onion in butter until tender.

3
Done

Prepare the broccoli according to package directions; drain and set aside.

4
Done

Prepare the bacon.

5
Done

In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, vinegar, sugar, and honey mustard.

6
Done

Add the pasta, cooked onion, broccoli, bacon, and dried cranberries and stir to coat.

7
Done

Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Linda

Linda Larsen has a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College, and a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for the Pillsbury Company on the Bake-Off and in their test kitchens since 1988. Linda has written 37 cookbooks (and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005.

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