Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep Time
25 Mins
Bake Time
7 Mins
Cook Time
12 Mins
Chill Time
3 Hours
Makes 8 servings

If you're a broccoli salad fan, you'll love the combination of these colorful ingredients. Cook the pasta al dente, so it's firm enough to hold its own when tossed with the tangy-sweet salad dressing.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon.

Step 3

Cook beans in boiling salted water to cover 5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge beans into ice water to stop the cooking process.

Step 4

Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.

Step 5

Whisk together mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; add pecans, green beans, pasta, grapes, and onion, stirring to coat. Season with salt to taste. Cover and chill 3 hours; stir in bacon just before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

sherstrickland's Review

July 21, 2013
This is a beautiful and delicious salad. Can be elegantly presented on a bed of greens or in a stemmed glass! You could substitute other vegs; we've even used frozen broccoli with delicious results. Candied walnuts could be used to vary the taste. One word of caution -- err on the side of al dente with your pasta so as to keep it nice thru the marrying process. Sad that my only Southern Living recipe had to have my name misspelled. LOL!

Scottygirlie's Review

January 03, 2012
This is outstanding. Very fresh tasting and unique but delicious. I have made it multiple times now and it has always been a hit.

tconnors's Review

December 07, 2009

LauraJasmine's Review

June 23, 2012
This is a fabulous recipe! Perfect for a summer cookout...light and refreshing.

heatheroverton's Review

June 05, 2009
I didn't have enough green beans so I added about a cup of edamame as well. Turned out great and added some protein.

802lou's Review

September 04, 2010
Tastes super yummy! Substituted ham for the bacon. Used our own green beans, grapes, & red onion from our garden. Bringing to a family Labor Day picnic. Hoping for rave reviews!

Emeral1021's Review

May 10, 2013

Summer ain't summer without this salad

August 28, 2016
Everyone asks me to bring this salad for get-togethers. Just made a double batch- one for the party and one for us. If you are vegetarian you will find it just as satisfying without the bacon.