Pasta & Broccoli Salad W/ Golden Raisins and Sunflower Seeds

[ARCHIVES OCTOBER 2010] During our moving days back in August, we ate a lot of take-out, fast foods, and ready-to-eat kind of food for about 2 weeks. One of the ready-to-eat sides that we had was a pasta and broccoli salad with golden raisins, sunflower seeds, and shredded cheddar cheese. It was really good. I knew I had to make my own as soon as soon as we’ve unpacked, settled, and organized.

This pasta & broccoli salad is not that complicated to make. Besides boiling water for the pasta and chopping the broccoli florets, there’s really not that much to do. It’s a perfect refreshing side dish during the summer.

Pasta & Broccoli Salad W/ Golden Raisins and Sunflower Seeds


  • 1 1/2 cups Rotini garden pasta (cook al dente’)

  • 1 medium head of broccoli florets (chopped coarsely)
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 tbsp Italian salad dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • sprinkle of garlic powder
  • sprinkle of salt & black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Cook the pasta according to the box. Drain the water. Transfer the cooked pasta into a salad mixing bowl.
  • Chopped the broccoli florets. Add into the pasta.
  • Add golden raisins, sunflower seeds, shredded cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Stir everything together.
  • Cover the bowl. Store in the fridge until ready for serving.

Serve as a side dish to burgers, sandwiches, grilled or smoked meats, and fish & fries.

Dexie Jane

Mother of 2. She drinks coffee everyday and wine on the weekends. She devours massive amount of chocolate, pork, and sushi. She loves to dance in her living room and binge-watches KDRAMA, historical dramas, and excessive unhealthy dose of Crime/Murder mysteries/dramas/documentaries. She's also a proud Bibliophile and loves being a bargain fashionista & SHOEHOLIC!

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