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Broccoli Pasta Salad



You may have seen me mention before that I am trying to eat healthier this summer, I have been eating a lot of salads for lunch recently as they are quick and easy to make and also light to eat which don't make me feel bloated. I had been taking the lazy option and buying a salad or pasta salad from the supermarket on the way to work but I always find that there's barely any dressing, not enough meat, tuna or prawns and they just don't taste as nice as homemade ones! So, I decided to try and create my own slightly healthier version and have been making lots of prawn pasta salads, potato salad and more recently broccoli pasta salad. This is perfect for summer as it's nice and light, or even for a picnic. 

Broccoli Pasta Salad - Serves 3-4 (more if you are serving as a light lunch)

Ingredients

Pasta of your choice
1 Large Broccoli
2 Cloves Minced Garlic 
Grated Cheese
3 Tblsp of Mayonnaise
1 Tblsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper 


Instructions

Firstly chop up the broccoli into small bite size pieces, and cook slightly in a pan until softened. In a bowl combine the broccoli with garlic and onion if you wish. 

Cook the pasta and drain immediately, then add the pasta into the bowl with the broccoli. Mix until all stored in. 

Add in the mayo, oil and salt & pepper to your liking, you may wish to add some poppy or sesame seeds. Stir the dressing and add the grated cheese into the pasta bowl. The heat of the pasta will melt the cheese. 

Keep in the fridge for a few hours to cool and serve. 


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13 comments

  1. I love that this is also healthy, actually broccoli tastes really good don't you think?
    Great photos ; )

    M
    http://theflowerduet.blogspot.com/

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  2. That looks lovely! I could easily live off pasta but it's usually really cheesy and bad for me! x

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  3. I love broccoli and pasta, it's one of my favourites. I haven't tried it with garlic, mayonnaise and olive oil though so I'll give this a go xx

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  4. I love broccoli pasta with a good cheese sauce. Try pasta cherry tomatoes with green pesto mmmm
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  5. That looks very tasty, Mouthwatering and since you are putting Broccoli i guess it is healthy too.

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  6. This looks delicious - bet I'd even be able to get my kids to eat it! Yum!
    Lydia
    x
    www.lovedbylydia.co.uk

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  7. Oooh I never thought of using broccoli in a salad before. Strangely though since I was pregnant I've loved raw broccoli!

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  8. This is a fab recipe and if I use lighter mayonnaise its very low in fat. My hubby is on a diet and struggling with lunch ideas. Thanks for sharing

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  9. Yum this looks tasty! I have to make it and try thanks for the recipe :)

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  10. always looking for new pasta ideas, hoping my broccoli in the garden grows for this!

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  11. Looks delish! Definitely going to try this out!!!!

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  12. Love this - very simple, but I bet it tastes great!

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