Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad

June 1, 2013

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Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad – packed with tender pasta, rich bacon, sweet grapes, and crunchy broccoli and pecans.

And it’s all coated with a delicious dressing!

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This pasta salad recipe is easy to make and always sure to impress at summer lunches and parties!

It has simple yet perfectly delicious flavors that all blend so well together. A must try recipe!

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Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad

Such a refreshing summertime pasta salad. Perfect for potlucks or as a side to grilled chicken.
Servings: 8
Prep20 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Chill2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 8 oz bow-tie pasta , cooked to al dente according to directions listed on package
  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli , crowns chopped into small pieces and majority of stems discarded or reserved for another use (about 4 cups)
  • 2/3 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani non-fat)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (full fat)
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cups grapes , chopped into halves
  • 1 cup toasted pecans , chopped
  • 8 slices bacon , cooked and chopped


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together plain Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, agave, salt and red onion.
  • Place cooked pasta and chopped broccoli in a large mixing bowl and pour Greek yogurt mixture over top and toss to evenly coat.
  • Cover bowl with lid or plastic wrap, transfer to refrigerator and chill 2 hours. Toss in chopped grapes, toasted pecans and cooked bacon just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 426mg19%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 573IU11%
Vitamin C 78mg95%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • Kathy

    I have everything to make this except agave. Can
    you recommend a healthy substitute?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Maybe a brown rice syrup or sugar cane syrup. I probably wouldn’t use honey or maple syrup just because the flavor would be too strong.

  • Chobani

    Wowza! Boy are we happy we stumbled across this. Thanks for sharing. Shoot us an email at amy.keefe[at]chobani dot com to chat!


  • Julie @ Table for Two

    I love a good pasta salad and it’s great how you lightened this up!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad you found my blog and I’m happy to hear you love it :), thanks for your comment Julie!

  • Jackie

    Yum! I have never heard of this pasta salad before, but I do love grapes in salads. I cannot wait to try this! What else do you like to serve alongside this beautiful pasta salad?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      That’s a funny question because it’s like a pot-luck type of salad so that’s mostly when I’ve ever eat it, at big get togethers. It reminds me of summer and grill outs so when you are grilling chicken or burgers it’s a good side.

  • angela @ another bite please

    i love the lightened up version of this…i have not tried before with agave…and i love using agave so this is perfect for me…gotta love these kind of summer salads…thanks for sharing!

  • Charul @ Tadka Masala

    This salad looks absolute yumm! I am sooo making this one, very sooon.