Broccoli Grape and Pasta Salad

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Recipe: Broccoli Grape and Pasta Salad

Summary: If you’re a broccoli salad fan, you’ll love the combination of these colorful ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or your favorite)
  • 1/2 (16-oz.) package farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup Tzatziki Sauce (see below)
  • 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
  • 4 cooked bacon slices, crumbled (optional)

Instructions

  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. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  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. 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.

 

Tzatziki Sauce:
8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
Pinch kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
5 to 6 mint leaves, finely minced

Place the chopped cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze to remove the liquid; discard liquid. In a medium mixing bowl, combine Greek yogurt, cucumber, salt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and mint.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

 
Recipe adapted from Myrecipes.com

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