Easy Bacon Broccoli Salad with cheddar

Easy Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad

The pasta is balanced perfectly by a generous presence of crunchy, raw, bite-sized broccoli florets. The two are tossed with coarsely grated Cheddar cheese and a simple, creamy dressing made flavourful by crunchy bacon, mayonnaise, and red onion.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 461 kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 1 pound ditalini pasta cooked to al dente according to package directions
  • 2 broccoli crowns cut into bite sized florets
  • 12 ounces to 1 pound package of bacon cooked to chewy-crisp, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small red onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to meld in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but up to 3 days before serving. Stir gently before serving.