Friday, October 28, 2011

Harvest Salad - Broccoli, Grape and Pasta Salad

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this new salad recipe.  It is a great twist to the typical broccoli salad.  I made it for a preschool birthday lunch and we loved it.  I finished up the rest when I got home!  :)



Broccoli, Grape and Pasta Salad (adapted from Southern Living)

1 cup chopped pecans
8 oz bow-tie pasta
1 lb fresh broccoli
1 cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled ( I used 1 cup precooked crumbled bacon)

Preheat oven to 350.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes of until lightly toasted, stirring halfway through;  Prepare pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets into small pieces using the tip of a paring knife.  Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, red onion, vinegar and salt.  Add broccoli, hot cooked pasta and grapes, stirring to coat. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Stir in pecans and bacon just before serving.



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