Grandma’s Broccoli Salad meets quick and easy pasta salad for a weeknight win!


  • 2C cooked pasta (I used a garbanzo bean pasta but any small pasta would work)
  • 2C blanched broccoli (see #protip below to cut your time!)
  • 1 gala apple, chopped
  • 1/2C pickled red onions
  • 1/4C raisins
  • 1/4C feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • 1/4C of the liquid from the pickled onions
  • 1/4C olive oil
  • 2T mayo
  • 1T grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1T honey
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped and cooked well (drain and cool on a paper towel prior to adding as garnish)


  1. Cook the pasta per instructions and add the broccoli (broken into bite-sized florets) for the last 1-2 minutes to allow to blanch without over-cooking!
  2. Drain and rinse the pasta/ broccoli under cool water.
  3. Mix together the remaining ingredients except the bacon in a large bowl.
  4. To serve garnish with bacon! I served this with a BBQ sausage, but it would be great on its own or with some grilled chicken.