Broccoli & Grape Pasta Salad

Broccoli and grapes. First time I heard of this combination was this past weekend. A friend of mine made some for a cookout we were both going to. I was pretty skeptical. I was thinking to myself, there is no way that this could possibly be good. I tried and it was pretty dang good. I was surprised. So, of course, I had to make my own version.


Cook pasta according to package directions. Al dente. I usually do about a minute less than what the package says for ‘al dente’ because I’m a rebel.

While waiting on water to boil, cook your bacon. I like to slice it up before I cook it, instead of trying to crumble it up later and getting my hands greasy.

You can also completely skip the bacon if you’re a vegetarian or cook the bacon, but serve it on the side if you are feeding a crowd. Give people the option to bacon their pasta salad!

Once you’ve got your bacon going, start chopping up the broccoli, celery, & onion. I used 1 small head of broccoli, 1 celery stalk, and a few thin slices of red onion.

Chop up the broccoli real small. Finely dice the onion & celery. 

Now would also be a good time to rinse your grapes.

Drain pasta and allow to cool. Set aside bacon on a paper towel.

Whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, & ground black pepper.

Once the pasta has cooled, mix everything together in a large bowl. Throw in remaining sunflower seeds, if using. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold ingredients until well combined.

Cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill for a few hours before serving


This makes a great side dish for a picnic or potluck, or you can eat it straight up by itself. I won’t judge you.

This recipe can be easily doubled if you are feeding a large crowd. I always tend to make smaller recipes since I am only feeding two people and only one of us will eat leftovers.

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad
Serves 4
Broccoli & Red Grapes combined in a pasta salad
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 cup red grapes; washed
  2. 1/2 pound broccoli; chopped
  3. 4 oz bowtie pasta; cooked according to package
  4. 1 stalk celery; finely diced
  5. 1/4 cup red onion; finely diced
  6. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1 TBS sugar
  8. 2 TBS red wine vinegar
  9. 1/2 tsp salt; more or less to taste
  10. fresh ground black pepper; to taste
  11. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds; optional
  12. 4 slices bacon; optional
  1. Cook bowtie pasta according to package. Drain & set aside until cooled.
  2. Slice bacon and cook until crispy. Drained on paper towels and set aside. (If using)
  3. Chop Broccoli into small pieces.
  4. Finely dice celery & red onion.
  5. Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt, & pepper.
  6. Gently combine all ingredients in a large bowl, including the remaining sunflower seeds if using.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap & chill for 3-4 hours before serving.
  1. Recipe can be doubled if feeding a large crowd.

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