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    Andi's Pasta Salad W/Blue Cheese,broccoli and Grapes

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    HeatherFeather's Note:

    This recipe is my recollection of a recipe my best friend's sister used to make. She had explained it to me once and I quickly scribbled down the ingredients and brief description of how she said she made it. I have made this several times and it is one of those "to taste" recipes. I sometimes garnish this with crumbled cooked bacon or a little Parmesan cheese. Please don't substitute reduced fat or fat free dressing - I tried doing this once and was very unhappy with the results. I prefer Marie's brand for the dressing (usually sold near produce in a small jar..I use pretty much the whole jar usually), but you could also use homemade. Prep time allows for cooking the pasta. Plan ahead - this needs to chill.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Combine pasta, broccoli, grapes, olives, and red onion in a large bowl.
    2. 2
      Pour all of the blue cheese dressing into a separate mixing bowl.
    3. 3
      Add enough of the reserved canning liquid from the olives to thin the dressing enough to your liking (*note:ifyou forgot to save the canning liquid, just use some cold water)- you may not need the full 1/4 cup, or you may need a little more- it depends upon how thick the bleu cheese dressing you purchased was.
    4. 4
      The idea is to make the dressing thin enough to evenly coat all of the veggies& pasta lightly.
    5. 5
      Mix thinned dressing with the veggie& pasta mixture and toss to coat well.
    6. 6
      Chill at least 2 hours or overnight to allow pasta to absorb the dressing a bit- the chilled salad will appear dry.
    7. 7
      Taste for seasonings- you may add a little salt& pepper if desired, but it may not be necessary depending upon the dressing brand you selected.
    8. 8
      Toss salad again before serving.
    9. 9
      Garnish if desired.
    10. 10
      Garnishing IDEAS: If you like a little crunch, please feel free to garnish this with some crumbled cooked bacon or some sunflower seeds- sometimes I have even stirred them into the salad itself.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 25, 2003

      55

      Delicious, I made half a recipe as there is only 3 of us. Made it just as recipes says, used Thompson seedless grapes. Loved the crunch of the broccoli and the grapes a good combation with the dressing, garnished with toasted sunflower seeds. This will made a good summer time meal. Thanks for the recipe Heather.

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    Nutritional Facts for Andi's Pasta Salad W/Blue Cheese,broccoli and Grapes

    Serving Size: 1 (180 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 392.7
     
    Calories from Fat 219
    55%
    Total Fat 24.4 g
    37%
    Saturated Fat 4.3 g
    21%
    Cholesterol 6.2 mg
    2%
    Sodium 782.8 mg
    32%
    Total Carbohydrate 38.8 g
    12%
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    13%
    Sugars 7.4 g
    29%
    Protein 7.3 g
    14%

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