Easy Broccoli Pasta Salad
Before I get to this delicious pasta salad, I have to show you what M came home with from school yesterday. Her class made Valentine gifts for us. The first is her tiny handprint on a white tile. I think it’s suppose to be a coaster? Not sure. Maybe a hot plate? Either way its adorable.
The second in came in this little box…
The box reads…
A Valentine Hug to you
Wrap these hands around you
Whenever I’m away so you can
have a hug from me anytime of day!
It’s her two little hands tied at the ends of a string that’s the entire length of her wing span. So it’s like a little hug. So cute! This made me smile the rest of the day 🙂
After I opened M’s gift I made a couple of salads. My favorite (and regular) lunch at home is a turkey sandwich with some sort of side salad. Each week I like to make one or two side salad’s to have on hand. This week I’ll be showing you my two favorites. Today it’s Easy Broccoli Pasta Salad. I love this salad because its so simple yet so flavorful. Bonus is M loves it too 🙂
Here’s how to make this simple salad….
I like to use Barilla Plus Rotini for this salad.
If you’re not a huge fan of onions you can use one instead of two.
The pine nuts can be toasted before hand for added flavor. If you don’t have time to toast them, the salad still tastes great with them plain.
Stir in olive oil until mixed though.
Add salt & pepper to taste. I start out with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, then add more to taste if needed.
Store the salad in an airtight container and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. The longer this chills, the better it tastes.
This salad will last up to a week.
This can also be made into a meal by adding some chicken or salmon to the mix 🙂
I love pasta salads, but I don’t really make them much any more. I have no idea why. I think I got burned out on them when I was pregnant with Jay. This one looks so good! I think I need to get back in to them again. Love the hands…those kinds of things are so sweet.
i haven’t had a pasta salad in weeks…i’ll have to try this version! so pretty and green 🙂
This does look easy- LOVE the addition of pine nuts for flavor and crunch!
Yummmmm, so healthy and delicious looking. Just think, in a year, you’ll have another valentine 😀
I love pasta salad because it’s so easy! However, it’s been forever since I’ve eaten pine nuts. I hear about how rotten ones can leave a metallic taste in your mouth for months and it freaked me out.
(That paper “hug” is such a cute idea!)
The pasta salad looks great! The tiny Valentine’s hands are so adorable they are making me weepy. I’m a sap.
I love, love the handprint on the tile! Precious.
I love having salads that I can make ahead of time for lunch. This looks fresh and tasty!
I love how vibrant the broccoli is here!!
And those hands– TOO sweet!
When I’m doing my regular routine with making a meal plan and shopping and prepping on Sunday, I always make at leats one side salad for B and I to eat that week. I try and make a little something different everytime depending what I brought home from the store.
I adore pasta salads, this looks wonderful! Simple and wonderful!
What’s not to love…pasta and broccoli!!! I will have to make this for Erin and myself!
…by the way….LOVE the handprint and the “hug”….those were always my favorites from my kids!
that looks delicious. question – no acid?!?
I never used any acid with this recipe and it tastes great every time. Red wine vinegar would be a nice addition 🙂
just added broccoli to the grocery list =) love it!
and omggg the handprint tile is adorable!!! I would seal it with gloss varnish and use it as a coaster! <3
I love how simple this is!
That little wingspan is SUCH a cute idea! How precious!
I love, love, love that little hug. What a gift!
What adorable gifts! And that pasta salad sounds delicious, and oddly enough I have all of those ingredients in my fridge/pantry. 🙂
Wonderful recipe! Pasta + broccoli is one of my favorite go-to meals. I will try this version next time!