Cheddar Broccoli Pasta Salad – Broccoli, red onion, shredded cheese and rotini pasta tossed in a sweet, creamy dressing! Everyone always asks for seconds!
The countdown is on to the 4th of July! How did July get here so quickly?! Don’t we always say this about summer? But it’s true. . .time really does fly when you’re having fun. I’m really looking forward to this weekend. We’re up at the lake. In fact, we just arrived yesterday, and as you can see from my Instagram post last night, I’m already enjoying it. Everything is just so beautiful up here. It’s so sad when these weekends come to an end. 🙁
Most weekends in the summer we head up here to the lake to spend time with friends and family and do lots of grilling and snacking.
I’ve been sharing lots of salad recipes lately like this yummy avocado salad and this gorgeous berry shortcake salad. What can I say? Summer just makes me a bit salad crazy. I’m always looking for delicious salads to serve at our BBQs up at the lake. We’re always entertaining, so it’s a great opportunity for me to serve some of my favorite recipes, like this Cheddar Broccoli Pasta Salad we’re talking about today.
Would you believe me if I told you that the only time I buy tri-colored rotini is when I make this salad? It’s true. It’s not that I don’t like tri-colored pasta. I do. I just normally prefer the good ole’ plain rotini in my other dishes.
If you want to use just regular rotini for this salad, that’s fine, too. The tri-colored pasta just brightens the salad up a bit and adds a pop of color.
This salad actually has lots of color once you add the onion and broccoli in. I think it’s just a pretty dish in general for summer. The dressing is a tried and true recipe that I use quite often. When I make my tuna pasta salad, I substitute some milk for the apple cider vinegar. It’s just such a versatile dressing – sweet, creamy and oh so good.
When you combine the dressing with the pasta, cheese and veggies, the salad transforms into a satisfying side dish that your guests won’t be able to get enough of.
It’s perfect for parties. When I serve it outside for a BBQ, I often rest the bowl in another bowl filled with ice, just to keep it cool and delicious.
One of my favorite things is taking this broccoli cheddar pasta salad out of the refrigerator and just devouring it right away. It’s so good and I could easily eat half of this bowl all by myself. That’s why I usually only make it when I’m going to a party. I pile my “fair share” onto my plate the first time through the line. It really is a good idea, because you’ll find out real fast that the opportunity for seconds usually doesn’t exist. The bowl is licked clean long before then!
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- 12 ounces tri-colored rotini pasta, cooked, drained and rinsed under cool water
- 12 ounces of broccoli, chopped
- ½ cup red onion, diced
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups Miracle Whip
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- In a large bowl, combine the pasta, broccoli, red onion and cheese.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the Miracle Whip, sugar and vinegar.
- Slowly drizzle the dressing over the pasta, broccoli, onion and cheese and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.