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Broccoli Pasta Salad, pasta salad loaded with broccoli and other veggies in a creamy parmesan dressing!
Broccoli Pasta Salad
As a means to live more of a modern lifestyle where we have a better mindset about what we put into our bodies and how we live our daily lives, I wanted to share a broccoli pasta salad recipe that fits into this criteria.
Using Modern Table® Gluten-free, Complete Plant-Protein Pasta to create a delicious side dish will help inspire you to break old habits and develop new healthier habits!
About Modern Table
This brand is on a mission to help inspire people like you and me to eat healthier and live a better lifestyle.
With 3 simple ingredients, Modern Table® lentil-based pasta is certified gluten-free, non-GMO project certified, and has a low glycemic index!
The 3 ingredients in Modern Table® protein pasta are lentils, rice, and peas and is a fabulous Vegan option for plant-based nutrients.
I found Modern Table® in the pasta aisle!
The three options for products with this brand include Modern Table® Penne, Modern Table® Rotini and Modern Table® Elbows. Using the Modern Table® Rotini to make a delicious pasta salad was a fun way to put a new twist on my favorite broccoli pasta salad recipe.
What goes great with pasta salad?
There are so many delicious ideas to serve with broccoli pasta salad.
Some options include a grilled panini sandwich, corn on the cob, or baked sweet potatoes.
This broccoli pasta salad includes most of your plant-based nutrients anyway, so adding another vegetable as a side dish may sound as scrumptious as a grilled panini sandwich for your side with pasta salad!
My recipe is Modern Table® Rotini with broccoli, bacon, peas, and bell peppers in a creamy parmesan dressing.
Served cold, it is the perfect summer staple incorporating two addictive summer salads: pasta salad and broccoli salad.
How do you make cold pasta not stick?
First of all, it is not advised to rinse Modern Table® pasta after cooking if you are serving it as a warm dish. Not rinsing it will help yummy sauces stick to it.
But, sometimes your pasta noodles will stick together. This can become quite frustrating when you’re cooking the Modern Table® Rotini to whip up this broccoli pasta salad recipe.
The best way to make sure cold pasta doesn’t stick is to rinse your Modern Table® Rotini immediately after cooking so that it removes anything from the rotini that causes them to stick together.
Cold water is the best way to make cold pasta not stick and should be used immediately after you’ve cooked your pasta so that you can make this broccoli pasta salad without having your pasta noodles clump together.
Can I make pasta salad the day before?
Yes, you can make broccoli pasta salad the day before.
The only issue that may come into play when you opt to make your pasta salad the day before is that any veggies in the pasta dish may soak up the dressing overnight.
This means you might have to add more of the creamy parmesan dressing before serving this cold broccoli pasta salad to family and friends.
When it comes to my broccoli pasta salad recipe using Modern Table® Rotini, you’ll really enjoy the creamy taste that the parmesan dressing adds to the pasta salad.
Instead of using a traditional mayo to create your own broccoli pasta salad, this creamy parmesan adds more of a flavor burst and variety as well as a better for your option when it comes to whipping up a cold broccoli pasta salad recipe.
I promise you that this broccoli pasta salad will delight your senses and make you go back for seconds!
Create this pasta salad recipe as a side dish for any lunch or dinner meal or bring it along as a side dish for a special gathering this summer season.
No matter what you opt to use this broccoli pasta salad for, I know for sure you’ll enjoy the great flavor of Modern Table® Rotini used to create this pasta salad recipe.
How to Make Broccoli Pasta Salad
Broccoli Pasta Salad
For the dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or grated parmesan cheese
- 10 cracks fresh black pepper
For the salad
- 8 ounces Modern® Table Rotini
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon small dice, cooked crispy
- 1 cup bite-sized cut broccoli
- 1/2 red bell pepper small dice
- 1/8 cup red onion small dice
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
For the dressing
- In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk to combine, set aside.
For the salad
- Cook the pasta per directions on the back of the box, do not overcook. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let drain as you assemble the rest of the salad, so a lot of the water drips off.
- In the bowl with the dressing, add the cooked bacon, broccoli, bell pepper, onion, and frozen peas. Stir to combine with the dressing. Add in the pasta and fold in to combine. Cover with plastic and let chill for at least an hour in the fridge or until cold.