You know that salad that shows up at every potluck? The one with broccoli, sunflower seeds, bacon and a coleslaw dressing? I like it, but it’s a little heavy on green for some of my fam (code for the boys). This salad is a twist on that old favorite. I opted out of the bacon and didn’t miss it a bit. Make sure to give the sunflower seeds a try. The original Southern Living recipe calls for pecans, but I thought staying with the original idea of broccoli and sunflower seeds would be a nice combo and I loved the end result. If you’re looking for a newbie to take to your next bbq, give this recipe a try. You’re going to love it.
Broccoli, Grape and Pasta Salad
3/4 pound fresh broccoli, blanched if desired
2 cups seedless red grapes
8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled (optional)
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup light mayonnaise ( I like Best Foods or Hellman’s)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine or cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
Cut broccoli into bite size pieces.