Classic Broccoli Pasta Salad

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This broccoli pasta salad is a summertime staple. It’s light, refreshing, and packed with flavor, making it the perfect side dish for barbecues, potlucks, or a quick weeknight meal. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile! Feel free to add your favorite protein or chopped vegetables for a more customized dish.

Ingredients:

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette
Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

1 pound dried rotini pasta (or other desired shape)

  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • Dressing:

    1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Instructions:

    1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
    2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the broccoli. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Drain and immediately rinse with cold water to preserve the bright green color.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, broccoli florets, red onion, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and parsley.
    4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    5. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss to coat everything evenly.
    6. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve chilled.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: 400

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 10g

  • Please note: These nutrition facts are estimates only and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    This broccoli pasta salad is a healthy and delicious way to enjoy your favorite vegetables. It’s easy to prepare ahead of time, making it a perfect dish for busy weeknights. Plus, it’s always a crowd-pleaser!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of pasta?

    Absolutely! Any short-shaped pasta will work well in this recipe. Rotini, penne, farfalle, and fusilli are all great options.

    2. Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

    Yes! Simply omit the feta cheese for a vegetarian option. You could also add in some chopped chickpeas or black beans for extra protein.

    3. How long will this pasta salad keep in the refrigerator?

    This pasta salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. However, the broccoli may start to soften over time.

    4. Can I add any other vegetables to this recipe?

    Of course! Chopped bell peppers, carrots, celery, or cucumber would all be delicious additions.

    5. What can I serve this pasta salad with?

    This pasta salad pairs well with grilled chicken, fish, or tofu. It’s also a great side dish for burgers, hot dogs, or a summer potluck.