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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    Jen H — May 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I love the addition of olives! Sounds delicious!

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    Tara L — May 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    This looks delicious & healthy.

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    Marti Parks — May 24, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This looks great, i definitely need to try it.

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    Shaunda Eppes — May 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This looks awesome. Broccoli is one of my kids favorite veggies, so I will have to try this.

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    Constance Zimmer — May 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I love broccoli, love salad, and love pasta…. you can’t lose with combining all three!!! This looks DELISH!

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    Kelly R. — May 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I love broccoli, this sounds yummy!

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    s riches — May 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    This looks very tasty! Now that summer is almost here this dish would be great for a cookout. Plus it has all the good stuff in it.

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    Jennifer Graham — May 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Looks Yummy!

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    Shane — May 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    That looks delicious!

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    brett — May 31, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I would love to try this!

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    Christian Alejandro — May 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Forget fast food! This looks delicious

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    Connie Gruning — June 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    This looks delicious!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Debby Chandler — June 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    wonderful recipe, I’m going to try and surprise my family this weekend. Thanks!

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    jamie braun — June 16, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Yum! ive never had it with corn in it before!

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