Potluck Broccoli-Grape Pasta Salad


I have a crowd-pleasing recipe for your next potluck or picnic, Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Grapes! This colorful pasta salad is a medley of sweet, tangy, crunchy and salty, thanks to a tangy red vinegar dressing and the addition of toasted pecans and bacon. I reduced the amount of mayonnaise and onion slightly from the original recipe to suit our tastes. You could substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo or use a combination of yogurt and mayonnaise to save on calories and lighten this pasta salad up for summer.


Broccoli-Grape Pasta Salad, recipe adapted from Southern Living

 Makes 6 to 8 servings


1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

1/2 (16-oz.) package pasta of choice (I used rotini)

1 pound fresh broccoli (I used broccoli crowns only but you can add finely chopped stems)

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups seedless red grapes, halved

8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled


To toast pecans: Place pecans on baking sheet in a preheated 350° oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Set aside to cool.

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, cut broccoli florets from stems, separating florets into small pieces.


In a large bowl add mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar, onion, and salt, whisking to combine. 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.

If you like broccoli, I hope you’ll try this pasta salad at your next potluck or picnic! We’ve also enjoyed it with the addition of rotisserie chicken for a complete meal.

You can find a printable recipe, here.

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

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  26 comments for “Potluck Broccoli-Grape Pasta Salad

  1. July 6, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I would love this salad! Neat summer recipe that I am pinning right now! Thanks, Mary. Hope your holiday was special.

  2. Andrea Campbell
    July 6, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I’m making it this weekend! Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. July 6, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Mary, I make this salad often, but I have never added grapes, I would love the sweetness that grapes would give! Happy Wednesday! Pam @ Everyday Living

  4. Jo
    July 6, 2016 at 8:07 am

    All my favorite ingredients-Pasta, Broccoli & Grapes! Will definitely try this recipe.

  5. July 6, 2016 at 8:18 am

    This looks & sounds wonderfully refreshing, Mary! Thanks for the link & for your gorgeous photos….making my mouth water before I’ve even had my breakfast!
    I freq. have to bring contributions to pot luck meals at my quilt guild meetings & I know this one would be a big hit. :)

  6. July 6, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I’ve been looking for a different broccoli salad Mary, and bacon and pecans make everything taste better! The grapes are a sweet surprise, yum!

  7. July 6, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Mary, I LOVE pasta salads! The grapes and pecans with the yummy dressing combo of mayo and vinegar is tantalizing my tastebuds! Linda

  8. July 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I love broccoli salad, Mary, and this new addition with pasta and grapes is a nice summery twist. I like the addition of some rotisserie chicken for a complete, cool meal for our Texas heat.
    Hope you were able to get out on your boat over the 4th, and enjoy some relaxing time on your wonderful lake!

  9. July 6, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Love this salad….Looks both delicious and beautiful! pinning away!!!

  10. Ellen Stillabower
    July 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    After seeing the picture, I knew this would be a great salad for my garden club next week..thanks for sharing..❤️🌻

  11. July 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I have a family birthday celebration coming up and will definitely be making this! It looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  12. Chloe
    July 6, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I’m always looking for new salad recipes and this one sounds delicious. Thanks so much for posting your tried and true recipes.

  13. Debbie
    July 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Looks yummy! You and your hubby and the girls had a great 4th!

  14. Vikki
    July 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    This recipe looks so yummy. Will be making the salad soon. Thanks…Vikki in VA

  15. July 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Yumm, this looks delicious!

  16. July 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds good Mary! I haven’t had broccoli in a while and think I need a fix:@)

  17. Paula
    July 6, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Looks so very good !! I just wished broccoli liked me :(

    How is the new plants in your garden doing ??


    • July 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Paula! My plants are coming along, I’m having to water everyday in our moderate drought and summer 90+ heat and we gotten a few showers lately that have helped a wee bit. Hope you’re staying cool this summer :)

  18. July 7, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    This looks delicious…and pretty! I have pinned this! Hope you are staying cool. Our AC went out last night and the company that installed it wasn’t able to come til MONDAY!!! Luckily, a neighbor recommended a loal independent guy. He was here in an hour and fixed it today! Dodged that bullet:):)

  19. July 8, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Looks perfect for summer boating. ;-)

  20. Cyndi Raines
    July 9, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I’ll be trying this for our next church potluck. Looks SO good! Thanks Mary!

  21. July 10, 2016 at 5:56 am

    This sounds like a delicious recipe! I am going to try it! In fact, I am wondering how it would be with shrimp added to it?? Or the chicken…we definitely will try it! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie! Hope you are doing well!

  22. February 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    If my potluck dinner is on Sunday could I make this salad Friday evening and keep it in the fridge?

    • February 5, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I don’t know why you couldn’t, but I’ve only made it up to 8 hours in advance. Transport the bacon and pecans separately and stir them into the pasta salad just before serving to keep them crunchy :)

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