Monday, June 08, 2015

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

I love pasta salads all year round and this is one of my favorites! Creamy dressing with bacon and diced tomatoes with broccoli and a few pecans for crunch!  What more can I say? 

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

1 pound pasta such as Rotini pasta
1 small head of broccoli, chopped into small florets
2 cups tomatoes, seeded and chopped (or you can use 2 cups grape tomatoes sliced in half)...
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta in salted water as directed on package. While pasta is cooking, make your dressing. Whisk together mayonnaise, apple cider, honey, salt and pepper until smooth and creamy.
Just before pasta is done, add broccoli to pot and let it blanch for no more than a minute. Then drain both pasta and broccoli and run cold water over both in your colander until they are cool.
Add bacon and pecans and stir until blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving add your tomatoes and add more salt and pepper to taste if desired.

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