Easy BBQ Side Dish: Creamy Broccoli Pasta Salad Recipe

If there’s one thing I love more than broccoli, it’s broccoli pasta salad.

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And boy, do I love it.

Broccoli pasta salad is a great side dish to accompany any meal. I usually make a large amount for a party or gathering and it’s always gone the next day. It’s a huge hit!

We recently had a BBQ to celebrate the amazing weather we had last weekend, and I decided to make some creamy broccoli pasta salad on the side. My two older sisters and their families were over (in-laws included!) and so I made a lot of it.

This dish is a staple at any gathering at my house, so I decided to share with you how easy it is to make.

Broccoli Pasta Salad Ingredients

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Cast of Characters: Pasta of your choice, mayonnaise, salt & black pepper (not pictured), ranch & italian salad dressing, corn, peas, olives, cucumbers, carrots, and broccoli.

You can make the broccoli pasta salad using whatever dressing (and vegetables) you like, for this specific one, I used Italian salad dressing for the entire recipe but used the ranch dressing on my own bowl of pasta because I just love ranch dressing. It’s all up to you though.

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I like to prepare my veggies while the pasta is cooking and put them all in a huge bowl. The corn, peas, olives, and carrots are technically already prepared… so really, I’m just chopping cucumbers and broccoli but shhhh!

No, I don’t have OCD I just wanted to show you how pretty the vegetables look side by side.

*STARE AT THE VEGETABLE GLORY*

When the pasta is finished cooking, I strain it and rinse it in super cold water to reduce the cooling time in the fridge. I add some black pepper to the pasta and then pour it in the bowl of vegetables.

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Once you mix the pasta with the vegetables, then you’re going to add the italian dressing and mayonnaise and mix, mix, mix until it’s all creamy.

Cover the pasta and then refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before serving. This helps the pasta cool down and allows all the flavors to blend.

I love the combination of creamy and crunchy in this dish from the dressing and vegetables. I think I could totally get away with eating this all day if I wanted. It’s delicious!

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I hope you enjoy it. If you give this recipe a try, let me know!

XO,
Aly

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Broccoli Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Pasta
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 1 can of peas
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • shredded carrots
  • 1 can of olives
  • italian salad dressing
  • mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box with some salt.
  2. Meanwhile, prep your vegetables (the cucumber and broccoli) by giving them a rough chop.
  3. Add all of the vegetables to a bowl.
  4. Drain and rinse the pasta in cold water and then add black pepper.
  5. Mix the pasta and vegetables together and add  a couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise (I used about 4-5) and the about 4-5 tablespoons of salad dressing depending on your personal preference.
  6. Mix everything together until it reaches your desired creaminess and taste.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

83 Responses to “Easy BBQ Side Dish: Creamy Broccoli Pasta Salad Recipe”

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    Kristin Wheeler (Mama Luvs Books) — May 12, 2013 at 2:58 am

    That looks healthy and delicious!!! YUM! Pinning to make later!

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    Quida — May 12, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Love this kind of salad. I will be trying it this week. Thanks Aly!

    • Aly replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

      No problem, Quida! Let me know if you make it!

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    Jodi @ A Mom Having Fun — May 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

    That looks like a delicious salad! I think I will be making that and bringing it up to the pool this summer!

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    SoberJulie — May 12, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Your photos are fabulous, they make me feel like it’s right in front of me. I’ll be pinning to try this summer, without the olives ;)

    • Aly replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

      Thank you, Julie!

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    Ronni Keller — May 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    My mother-in-law makes Broccoli Salad for every occasion, ever… Completely different that yours. Don’t tell her I think yours sounds way better! :)

    • Aly replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

      Hahah, I won’t tell I promise (:

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    Susan — May 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    this looks so simple, and looks tasty I will have to make this for my family,

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    Kim Bergeron — May 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Wonderful recipe! We are having a big get together Friday, I”m making it. I like something a little different!

    • Aly replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

      I make this for all of our get togethers. Let me know if you make it!

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    Emily — May 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like a great, light meal for hot summer nights.

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    LisaLisa — May 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, this is a must try recipe. Looks so good and very healthy……thanks for sharing it with us. Can we say Yum! LOL!!

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    Jenn — May 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    That looks like the perfect Summer salad! I would have never thought that olives would be included! I love olives so I’d love to give this a try!

    • Aly replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

      Thanks Jenn! You can generally make this with whatever you have on hand, which is why I love pasta salads in general. But the olives definitely give it a nice variety.

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    Lindsey Clair — May 14, 2013 at 7:50 am

    These look wonderful! Love your photos and your blog is beautiful. It was great meeting you briefly at Melissa’s house for the Invisalign event. I look forward to following your blog. Feel free to stop on by. I am also getting ready to launch an online magazine as an extension of my blog.

    • Aly replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

      Thank you, Lindsey!! It was nice meeting you, too. Hopefully we can all get together again sometime. Let me know when you launch your magazine, I look forward to reading it!

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    Amy Tolley — May 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    this sounds yummy i am gonna try this, this weekend with out cook out thanks for sharing….

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    Kari — May 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    This looks delicious! I pinned this recipe and will definitely be trying it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Carrie Phelps — May 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! All the ingredients my grandchildren also happen to like, a double yummy. Thank you.

    • Aly replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

      No problem, Carrie! Hope you give a try sometime!

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    Keara B. — May 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    This looks so yummy! And a bonus- I think my picky daughter will actually eat it! I have several pot-luck parties coming up, and I think I’ll have to try this out next time. :)

    • Aly replied: — May 16th, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

      I have a very picky 2 year old boy that loves this! Let me know if you give this a try (:

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