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Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad

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This Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad is a Copycat Version of Walmart Recipe. If you love getting this too, learn how to make it at home. This is a simple broccoli crunch salad recipe. Just delicious!

This is almost like a broccoli slaw. It is an addictive blend of tricolor rotini pasta, cheese, onion. broccoli, and a delicious creamy cider coleslaw dressing.

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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.

Everyone was happy once I figured out how to make this family favorite.

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.

I love bringing this to work for a healthy lunch. Any time that fresh food is on the menu, I feel like I am taking care of myself.

According to many health sources, 1/2 cup serving of broccoli has approximately 50 milligrams of vitamin C. Add the other health benefits like fiber, and antioxidants and this helps make this recipe a winner.

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.

Then you can make this broccoli cheddar pasta salad recipe right at home. A wonderful budget-friendly recipe.

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

Walmart Deli Broccoli Salad Ingredients

In less than 30 minutes, you can be enjoying your homemade Walmart Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad.

Basic Ingredients included in this recipe.

Ingredients in the Broccoli Mixture

  • Tri-colored Rotini Pasta 
  • Broccoli 
  • Red Onion
  • Mild Cheddar Cheese Shredded

Salad Dressing

  • Miracle whip salad dressing
  • White Sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar

This is an easy recipe to tweak to different likes. To get you started with a few ideas, ere are other ingredients that are delicious in this and I think a few of them give this salad recipe an added dimension.

One Pound Bacon. Just dice it into bite-sized pieces and place bacon in a skillet and over medium high heat. Cook bacon until crispy.

Use regular Rotini in place of the tri-colored pasta. Actually any hearty pasta would work well for this recipe.

This uses a medium head broccoli, you can replace part or all of the the broccoli in this crunchy salad with cauliflower or a variety of crunchy vegetables.

Add a bit of sweet bites. One cup raisins, dried blueberries, or dried cranberries work well in this recipe too.

Add nuts. Slivered almonds or chipped walnuts and pecans are a great way to add protein. If you like nuts with a bit of salt, add a handful of salty sunflower seeds.

Don’t be afraid to change up this delicious salad to your taste buds.

I often make the basic recipe; however, when I want to make it fancy for a special event, I might add in some of the alternative ingredients to give this recipe a different look and taste. Healthy recipes like this are always a welcomed dish on the table.

Hints to a Better Easy Broccoli 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 creamy dressing ingredients together in a small bowl 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 big bowl, usually my 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 crunchy broccoli 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

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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Diane Card

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

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

patternprincess1

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

Thank you for taking the time to comment. We make this recipe often and way cheaper! Enjoy and take care. Vicky

patternprincess1

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

I agree. Thanks for taking the time to comment too. Take care. Vicky