Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad


  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 (16-oz.) package farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
  • 8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
  2. 2. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using tip of a paring knife. Peel away tough outer layer of stems, and finely chop stems.
  4. 4. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes, and stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Stir bacon and pecans into salad just before serving.
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13 Responses to Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

  1. foodyrach says:

    I really like the inventive way that you’re using grapes. The salad looks so fresh, too. Do you buy organic?

  2. Joy says:

    This looks SUPER good minus the pecans 🙂

    • Nikki says:

      Pecans are my VERY least favorite nut, right behind walnuts.

    • Joy says:

      LOL!! Toby was talking about this Sunday. We all love nuts but not in our food. I think it’s my fault my boys don’t like nuts in their food. I think it’s so gross.

      • Nikki says:

        LOL That’s funny.

        It’s always funny to watch the people at DQ, when Jason orders a “peanut buster parfait without nuts”….just ask for a large chocolate sundae!

  3. Nikki says:

    I found this recipe at Southern Living, I forgot to include the link in the recipe. Doesn’t it sound good? I want to try it soon. I’m thinking the next BBQ.

  4. I love grapes in salads! looks great!!

    Come check out our food blog!!

  5. Karen Joy says:

    that looks good.I dont like nuts in my food either girls.With the exception of walnuts in a chicken salad sandwich I make.In there they are awesome!

    • Nikki says:

      Our deli makes a Chicken cashew salad, with grapes. It’s SO good!!!!

    • Joy says:

      I love that chicken cashew salad too. I can eat the cashews in that one. I wish I could copy that mayo mixture they use but I can’t. It’s creamy with a little sweet but tastes nothing like a mayo or a salad dressing. What do you think it is??

  6. Sue says:

    I love this salad and I don’t mind nuts in my food for the most part.

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