Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Broccoli and Grape Salad

I found this recipe while searching salad recipes with enough carbs to fuel running, but some fruit and veggies in the mix to help with some of those vitamin thing-ies.  This really was delicious, a good balance of salty and sweet combo,  and very very filling. 
So if you are looking for a nice salad, or just a new recipe, here is one that worked for me! 
Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad
Ingredients:  1 c. chopped pecans, 1/2 pkge (16 oz size) bow-tie pasta, 1 lb fresh broccoli, 1 c. mayonnaise, 1/3 c. sugar, 1/3 c. diced red onion, 1/3 c. red wine vinegar, 1 t. salt, 2 c. seedless red grapes (halved), 8 cooked bacon slices (crumbled-I used the 'real' bacon bits you can buy in the salad section and just red the back for how much equaled a slice). 
Instructions:  Preheat oven 350.  Bake pecans in a single layer for 5-7 minutes (until lightly toasted, stir halfway through).  Prepare pasta according to directions.  Cut broccoli florets from stems, separate int small pieces, finely chop.  Wish together mayonnaise and next four ingredients in a large bowl.  Add broccoli, cooked pasta, and grapes.  Stir to coat.  Cover and chill 3 hours.  Stir in bacon and pecans before serving.