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Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad

Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad

Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad is an easy pasta salad recipe. Mayo free pasta salad makes the perfect dish to take to that summer barbecue.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli, Pasta Salad, Pasta Salad with Broccoli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 People

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets Cut them small
  • 3/4 lb. Penne Pasta You could use bow ties or rotini too.
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice about 3 lemons
  • Zest of one Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook Pasta according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, cut up your broccoli and make the dressing.

  2. In the last minute of cooking the pasta add in the broccoli to blanch it. This will help it keep a bright green color.

  3. When the pasta and broccoli are finished, strain them and then run cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.

  4. Toss the broccoli and pasta with half the dressing. Taste for salt and pepper. Reserve some dressing so that as you store the pasta salad, you can add dressing to it. The longer it sets, the more dressing it will soak in.

  5. Pasta salad keeps for about 2-3 days in the fridge.

  6. Garnish with Parmesan prior to serving.