Broccoli, Grape & Pasta Salad

picture from Southern Living

I got this recipe from the September 2011 Southern Living magazine. It is a good recipe to have on hand when you are looking for something easy and good to take to a BBQ, party, pot luck, etc.

Broccoli, Grape & Pasta Salad

Southern Living

1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 package farfalle pasta (bow-tie)
1 lb fresh broccoli
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onions
1/3 red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pas 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted & fragrant.
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems and separate florets into small pieces. Peel away tough outer layer of stems. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add broccoli, hot pasta and grapes and stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Stir bacon and pecans into salad just before serving.

* I didn't have grapes on hand when I made this recipe and it was still really good. I also didn't use all the mayo mixture.