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 “Creamy Broccoli Pasta Salad Recipe”

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    Monica — May 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

    This looks delicious Aly, I love the variety of vegetables. I have pinned it and will be trying it very soon.

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

      Thanks Monica! Let me know if you give this a try! (:

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    angela m — May 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    This looks delicious. great for a party , we are having a birthday party this weekend I might have to try this. Thanks

    • Aly replied: — May 24th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

      Let me know how it goes, Angela! (:

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    Maddie K. — May 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I like broccoli salad, but for me I would not used canned veggies. Like the corn, I would use frozen, but cook it first.

    • Aly replied: — May 24th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

      Oh, what a good idea! I didn’t even think of that. Thanks for the tip, Maddie!

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    April @ Angels Homestead — May 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

    This pasta salad looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe with Saturday Spotlight. Hope to see you at this weeks party!

    April
    Angels Homestead

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    samantha s — May 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    This looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m quite excited to save this recipe and make it for my husband this week.

    • Aly replied: — May 24th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

      I hope he likes it!!

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    Shannon Gallagher — May 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    This looks sooo good! I pinned it to make it soon!!

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    BETTY CRUMLEY — May 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Looks delicious- have t try this next week – thanks!!

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    BETTY CRUMLEY — May 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    looks deeeeelish!

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    valerie — May 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    omg this looks so delicious and super healthy! Im so going to try this for dinner tomorrow

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    Heather Zeh — May 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Looks delish! Think i’ll give it a try for memorial day picnic

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    Erin Ellis — May 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

    That looks fantastic! I’m bookmarking this page for my next shopping trip!

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    Wehaf — May 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    This looks so good, and I have a head of broccoli in the refrigerator just waiting to be used!

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    Lisa — May 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    This salad looks perfect for a summer BBQ! Yum!

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    Ashley Morrissey — May 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Wow, sounds absolutely delicious! I love broccoli and I love my pasta!! Yum!

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