Dreamfields Summer Pasta Broccoli Salad…and a Contest!!

by doughmesstic on May 25, 2012

in pasta, Recipes, salad

It’s almost Memorial Day.  Scary, I know.  Pools will be opening this weekend.  Men will show up in funny shorts and knock golf balls around the links.  There will be cookouts.  Lots and lots of cookouts.  It’s always a dilemma, deciding what to take to a cookout, don’t you think?  Potato Salad? Brownies?  A watermelon? Hot dogs?  Pasta Salad?

Pasta Salad.  That’s what you need this year…and boy do I have the recipe for you.  I guarantee no one else in your party is going to show up with this particular salad, but they are all going to ask you for the recipe before you leave with a half licked pasta dish.  I personally love pretty much ANY pasta salad, but I have to say – this ranks right up there with my all time favorites…and I’ve been eating a LOT of pasta salad as of late, as I’ve been photographing several pasta salad recipes for Dreamfields.  I know – tough job, right?

I highly recommend this fresh and flavorful pasta salad…I think it will be a big hit at your upcoming get-together!

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Summer Pasta Broccoli Salad

  • 1 box Dreamfields Rotini
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (light or regular)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups chopped, raw broccoli (about 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion or sliced green onion

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water until completely cooled; drain again. Place in large bowl.

2. Meanwhile, for dressing, in small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar;  set aside.

3. Add broccoli, cheese, sunflower seeds, bacon and onion to pasta. Toss to combine. Add dressing; toss until coated. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, at least 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe courtesy of the Dreamfields Website. Click Here for Nutritional Information.

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LOVE Pasta Salad?? There’s something you should know!

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Dreamfields will be saluting summer’s ubiquitous side dish with the Second Annual Dreamfields Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Contest.

If you have an amazing pasta salad recipe you should head over to www.TryDreamfields.com/PastaSalad and enter your favorite original recipe/photo for a chance to win a free case of Dreamfields pasta; 14 prizes in total will be awarded, one per WEEK!   So go enter…you’ve got nothing to lose, and a lot of pasta to gain!  You can get all the nitty gritty details here.  Check it out!

You can enter on Facebook Here, or, if you aren’t on Facebook, enter Here.  Good LUCK!!

 

In the meantime, have a GREAT Holiday weekend! Be safe, have fun, and enjoy your time with friends and family.  I intend to!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen @ Juanita's Cocina May 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

This look SO yummy and fresh and perfect to kick off summer!

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Stephanie May 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

Love pasta salad! Sometimes even better than a regular salad, but not by much!

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Tanya Phillips May 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

Mmmm, looks so yummy! love the colors.

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Athena R May 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

Oh man…that looks so good. Now I want pasta salad..lol

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Rebecca September 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Just made this salad for a cookout. It was delicious! Thanks! BTW, found my way here through Pinterest.

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Samanthia September 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

Mmm this salad looks so yummy!!

Do you know how many servings 1 batch makes?

I would love to make this for a party I’m hosting, but I need to know how many to double/triple the recipe by!

Thanks!

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doughmesstic September 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Well, it’s a regular box of pasta, so, as a side dish and not a main, I would say 8-10. Hope that helps!

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shirley December 27, 2012 at 8:20 am

love the pasta salad recipe but doesnt give you measurements for the dressing which is mayo vinegar

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Suzanne January 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

What would the recipe be to make one cup of the rotini noodles? I would like to make this just not so much at a time.

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Emilie J. May 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Just made this and it turned out great!!

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connie flores May 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Just made this today on memorial day…yummy!

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Melanie July 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

Great salad! Very yummy! I found that I had to use twice the dressing that the recipe stated.

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