Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad



Who says pasta salad has to end in the summer? We love to eat it all year round. Because of that I love to change up the flavors with whatever season I ma making it for. For this version I have combined my love of creamy broccoli salad and paired it with tri-colored rotini. It was a sure fire hit!




Crisp broccoli, crunchy red onion,  dried cranberries, cheese, crispy salty and smokey bacon, and crunchy toasted pine nuts are the stars of this show. All of these yummy ingredients are covered in one of my favorite homemade dressings. This keeps well in the fridge. It is perfect to take for lunch all week long!
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Ingredients
1 box Tri-Color Rotini Pasta
1 cup mayonnaise (light or regular)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups chopped, raw broccoli (about 1-inch pieces)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
1/2 cup toasted, pine nuts
1/4 cup diced red onion or sliced green onion

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water until completely cooled; drain again. Place in large bowl.

Meanwhile, for dressing, in small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar;  set aside.

Add broccoli, onion, bacon, and cheese to cooled pasta. Toss to combine. Add dressing; toss until coated. Add the cheese, toss again and garnish with pine nuts and green onion. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, at least 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes and stir again before serving.


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Some more of my favorite Fall Harvest recipes.....click on the image for the links







19 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I could totally make this one gluten free. Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. I will be making this gluten free. I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. oh my goodness, let me grab a fork! pinned xo

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  4. Rina, I have never had a fall pasta salad before and this looks delicious!!! Pinning and hope to try soon:). Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I hope you are having a great week, take care, Tara

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  5. I love the idea of a fall pasta salad. When I think of pasta salad, I tend to think of warmer weather. This looks so delicious and is so clever than I plan to try it this week.

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  6. I'm always so amazed by you! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. I appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  7. I love pasta salad and love that you put a gorgeous Fall twist on it! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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  8. Looks so good! Pinned this for my next pasta salad craving!

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  9. Pasta salad! Yum! Love the recipe and that you brought it into the Fall :)
    Erika @whaterikawears.com

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