Southern Broccoli Pasta Salad the perfect accompaniment to any summertime cookout. This unique twist on a sweet Southern staple will impress everyone at the party! And the recipe is so easy!
If you’re from the South, or if you’ve ever been to a barbecue in the South, you are probably familiar with the crunchy, sweet goodness that we call broccoli salad. *Warning* broccoli salad may sound healthy but this life-changing medley contains cheddar cheese, bacon, sugar and mayo… which is what makes it so darn delicious. If we’re being honest, 80% of all southern food is either coated in butter, gravy or mayo. Sorry not sorry.
I’ve probably eaten broccoli salad 100 plus times in my life but a few weeks ago, I was at a backyard barbecue at a friend’s house where I was struck with the inspiration for this next dish. Imagine that this classic broccoli salad and your favorite pasta salad had a baby. Boom, Broccoli Pasta Salad is born!
Broccoli Pasta Salad is Perfect to Make Ahead!
When I was developing Broccoli Pasta Salad, I knew that there was literally no way it wouldn’t turn out completely delicious! It’s fresh, bright and requires little cook time – perfect for summer! I made this salad to accompany ribs on the grill. I don’t know about you but when we are cooking outside on the grill, the last thing I want to do is slave away over a hot stove. This pasta salad can be prepared hours ahead of time; the longer it chills, the tastier it gets. While it sits in the fridge, the cranberries and pasta soak up the dressing and make every bite packed with sweet and tangy flavor!
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Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes