Broccoli Pasta Salad


On sunny days, this pasta salad with broccoli, cucumber, and more, is a real must. Packed with fresh ingredients, and served with a simple dressing.

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Broccoli pasta salad
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2023-06-20, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 40 minutes.

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Updated at: 20-06-2023

40 minutes 4 people Salads
Broccoli pasta salad


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  • 250 grams of pasta, e.g. fusilli
  • 1 cucumber
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • large handful of black olives
  • 1 small broccoli
  • around 50 grams of fresh spinach
  • around 100 grams of sweetcorn
  • 100 grams of smoked bacon
  • a handful of mini mozzarella balls
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 50 ml red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Broccoli pasta salad ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • large saucepan
  • colander
  • optional: salad spinner
  • chopping board & chef’s knife
  • spoon
  • large bowl
  • medium-sized frying pan & lid
  • wooden spoon

Broccoli Pasta Salad

40 minutes 4 people Salads

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Preparation – 20 minutes

Fill a pan with water and salt and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. If necessary, wash the spinach and remove any excess water with a salad spinner.

Next, make the dressing in a large bowl by combining the mustard and red wine vinegar.

Gradually add about 100 ml of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes and mix with a whisk until you have a nice, thick dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Wash the cucumber, cut it in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Cut the cucumber into slices, not too thin.

Drain the can of sweetcorn. Cut the olives in half. Slice the sun-dried tomatoes into strips. Break the broccoli into small florets.

Broccoli pasta salad
Broccoli pasta salad

Finishing the broccoli pasta salad – 20 minutes

Heat a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat. Fry the bacon for a few minutes and then add the broccoli florets.

Add a small splash of water and place the lid on the pan. Let it cook over low heat for a few minutes. The broccoli is best when it is al dente.

Drain the pasta and, if necessary, rinse it cold under running water. Mix the pasta with the cucumber, tomatoes, mozzarella, dressing, sweetcorn and olives.

Add the fresh spinach, broccoli and bacon, and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy your meal!

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Broccoli Pasta Salad: frequently asked questions

Which pasta is best for pasta salad?

Smaller varieties of pasta are most suitable for pasta salads, such as fusilli, penne, farfalle or orecchiette. 

How long can I store pasta salad?

Pasta salad can be kept for up to 2 days in the fridge, in a well sealed container.