Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Bacon, and Red Onion

This will be an absolute winner at your next picnic, pot luck, or cookout.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 1 hour 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 lb. rotini pasta, cooked
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1⁄2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1⁄4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar


  • Place rotini in a large bowl. Add broccoli, cheese, sunflower seeds, bacon and onion to pasta.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar. Pour dressing over pasta mixture and toss to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.