Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad

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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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Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad
Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad

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!

Cheddar Broccoli Pasta Salad
Cheddar Broccoli Pasta Salad

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.

Fresh Tri-Colored Pasta Salad with Cheddar and Broccoli Served
Fresh Tri-Colored Pasta Salad with Cheddar and Broccoli Served

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.

Adding Salad Dressing to the Broccoli Pasta Salad
Adding Salad Dressing to the Broccoli Pasta 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.

Pasta, Cheese, Broccoli, and Onion in Large Stainless Steel Bowl
Pasta, Cheese, Broccoli, and Onion in Large Stainless Steel Bowl

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.

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Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad

Learn how to make this Walmart copycat broccoli cheddar pasta salad at home. Just like the deli counter version!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, Cheese, copycat, Pasta, salad
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 379kcal


  • 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

Salad Dressing

  • 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.
    Rinsing Tri-Colored Pasta
  • 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
    Rinsing Diced Red Onions for Salad
  • Shred the cheddar cheese and add that to the bow.
    Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad Ingredients

Salad Dressing

  • In a medium bowl, add the Miracle whip, sugar and apple cider. Mix the salad dressing well.
    Making Salad Dressing
  • Pour over the top of the broccoli, cheese, pasta, and onions. Mix well to incorporate.
    Adding Salad Dressing to the Broccoli Pasta Salad
  • Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.



Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 1mg

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3 thoughts on “Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad”

  1. This recipe is fantastic!!! So much cheaper than the deli!!!
    Have made this many times, always so good!!!😋
    Thank you for posting!

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