This Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad is a Walmart Copycat Recipe. If you love getting this to go, learn how to make it at home. Just delicious!
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Family Loves this Recipe
Often on the way home from work, I would purchase deli food to feed the family. Since I was in the grocery story getting my shopping done, it usually worked out that the meal that evening would be a deli counter meal. However, this one salad the family would ask me to stop and get just because they were craving it.
To be honest, it can be quite expensive to purchase this delicious broccoli cheddar salad all made. We justified the cost because it was just that good!
Make This Salad Yourself and Save Money
I tell you what, you can make so much more of this salad at home in each batch for way less money. We now make this whenever one of the family members starts getting hungry for it. This recipe will make enough servings to feed 12.
How Did I Get the Secret Walmart Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad?
I have friends. It pays to know people that work in the food and restaurant industry. A friend of mine gave me the recipe in exchange for our local restaurant’s coleslaw recipe where I worked.
Lucky you today, if you have stumbled upon this recipe, you get both the coleslaw recipe and Walmart pasta salad too.
Delicious Side Dish or Meal
Pair fresh broccoli, cheese, diced red onion, and a sweet salad dressing with pasta. I think the cheese is what tips the scales. This side dish just ticks all the boxes for us.
Just imaging bringing this delicious pasta dish to your next cook out. Serve this to family and friends at home. It is sure to be a hit.
When I say that this is a copycat, I really mean it. You will think that you stopped in the store, waited in line at the deli counter, then waited in line again at the check out just to get this goodness home to your waiting family. Well, keep your pantry stocked with the pasta and salad dressing. The next time you go grocery shopping, pick up the cheese, broccoli, and onion. That’s it, no special trips to the store just to get this salad.
In less than 30 minutes, you can be enjoying your homemade Walmart Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad.
Hints to a Better Salad Recipe
After the pasta has cooked, rinse the noodles in cool water in a colander. This will help cool down the pasta and remove the excess starch.
Rinse the diced red onion and drain in a colander. This will help remove some of the pungent taste of the onion. In my salad, if you skip this step, sometimes, the onion can take over the taste of the salad a bit. I want the crunch of the onion and a little bit of the taste, but not and overpowering onion taste.
Mix the salad dressing ingredients together before adding to the rest of the salad ingredients. By doing this, the sugar has a chance to dissolve and flavor the entire dish, not just part of it.
Once the broccoli is trimmed into small florets, rinse and drain in a colander. This just helps clean the vegetable before consuming.
Try and let the broccoli cheddar pasta salad sit for an hour before eating. However, at our house, that is a difficult thing. Therefore, when I make it, I don’t tell the rest of the family until it has been chilling in the refrigerator for an hour. It will help the flavors meld together a bit for a better tasting salad.
I make mine in a large stainless steel bowl. This recipe uses 6 cups of broccoli, an entire box of the tri-colored veggie rotini pasta and 16 ounces of shredded cheese. By using a large bowl, there will be enough room to mix the ingredients without making a mess.
Storing the Salad
Make sure to store this dish in the refrigerator for food safety. It will last up to five days. However, I would not know in our house as it is always all gone before the five days is up.
Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad
- 12 ounces Tri-colored Rotini Pasta 1 box
- 6 cups Heads of broccoli cut into small florets (2 medium heads)
- 1 medium Red Onion diced and rinsed
- 16 ounces Mild cheddar cheese shredded
- 3 Cups Miracle whip salad dressing
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
- Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water, set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad ingredients. Cut the broccoli in bite-sized pieces. Rinse and drain. Add to a large bowl.
- Dice, rinse and drain the red onion. Add to the large bowl
- Shred the cheddar cheese and add that to the bow.
- In a medium bowl, add the Miracle whip, sugar and apple cider. Mix the salad dressing well.
- Pour over the top of the broccoli, cheese, pasta, and onions. Mix well to incorporate.
- Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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