Broccoli Pasta Salad – the perfect easy side dish for summer barbecues, potlucks and picnics. Best of all, so easy to make with broccoli, red grapes, pecans, feta, dried cranberries and a homemade Mediterranean inspired dressing. Plus recipe video.
With summer just around the corner, pasta salads are the perfect easy side dish for all those outdoor cookouts.
After Wednesday’s 4 pasta salad post was such a hit on Facebook, I decided to create a separate blog post for each recipe that was included – there’s Caprese, Chicken Caesar, Greek Tortellini and this Broccoli Pasta Salad included.
This Broccoli Pasta Salad is loaded with a ton of good stuff. Besides penne, there’s also broccoli, red grapes, cucumbers, radishes, pecans, dried cranberries and some delicious feta.
And the best part? It’s NOT mayonnaise based. Instead, I used Greek yogurt to make it slightly healthier. If you’re in a pinch and don’t feel like whipping up your own dressing, you can totally use your favorite storebought poppyseed or ranch dressing instead.
And on top of that, this Broccoli Pasta Salad keeps well in the fridge! So it’s perfect if you’re planning to make this ahead of time for a picnic or a summer barbecue the next day.
And how amazing would this Broccoli Pasta Salad be for Sunday meal prep? Plus leftovers would be delicious for your school or work lunchbox. Definitely saves you time and money. You can even serve this with some diced chicken to make it even more hearty and filling!
MAKE AHEAD TIPS FOR THIS BROCCOLI PASTA SALAD AND SUNDAY MEAL PREP
- cook the pasta ahead of time and store in a large zip-top bag in the fridge
- wash and chop the vegetables in advance and store in an airtight container or large zip-top bag in the fridge
- make the dressing in advance and store in an resealable jar
- for Sunday Meal prep, divide the pasta salad into lunchboxes – this is my favorite lunch container. Or make all four pasta salads HERE and bring a different one to lunch every day.
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