Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad (Walmart Copycat Recipe)

I’ve mentioned before that I used to work in the deli department of my local Wal-Mart. One of my favorite salad’s that they carry is Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad. It didn’t occur to me to try to make it at home until recently! I’m not sure why, I started making a version of a Mozzarella, Tomato, and Artichoke Salad they used to carry years ago! I guess time passing made me forget about it, I left there 4 years ago when I had my daughter. I finally decided to come up with my own version to serve at her birthday party last Saturday. What I came up with tastes EXACTLY like the store-bought!

Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad


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Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad (Walmart Copycat Recipe)
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Copycat version of Walmart's Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad. Tastes just like the original!
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: approx. 8 as a side dish
  • 1 box tri-colored (veggie) rotini pasta
  • 1 medium head broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 1 medium red onion, diced fine
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, with a few drops of olive oil and dashes of salt in the water to keep the pasta from sticking. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Wash the broccoli well and chop into small florets. Chop the onion fine, and mix the broccoli and onions with the pasta. Add the cheddar cheese to the pasta mixture, mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, and apple cider vinegar well. Pour the mixture over the top of the pasta, broccoli and onions, and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



  1. Summer says

    My daughter asked for this salad for her upcoming birthday party. So I am going to try your recipe as it sounds super easy and delicious!

  2. crystal haney says

    I too worked in the deli at my local walmart and I absolutely love this pasta salad….gonna try ur recipe this weekend

  3. says

    I made this last night following your recipe because me and my mom absolutely love this salad from Walmart. It came out perfect! Tasted fabulous! However…. woke up this morning and found out my mom and her girlfriends made a huge dent in it, so on to another batch ;)

  4. toya says

    Tried it last nite with pan seared chicken breast…. omg I must say it taste sooooooooooo. Dam good…. only thing I added wasjust a pinch of salt n pepper….

  5. sunday says

    I love this salad at walmart, but at 4 bucks a pound, I can only buy it once in a blue moon. I can’t wait to try it, think I will this weekend. Thank you for the recipe!!

  6. Tina says

    I don’t usually comment on blogs but I found this recipe, and I tried it today. I must say it is spot on to the one Walmart offers.. Everyone in my house is raving about how good it is. It only cost me about $4 to make and I got well over two pounds of pasta. This is a wonderful recipe.. You are a cooking GOD….

    • Bernadette says

      I wouldn’t even come CLOSE to calling myself a God, but thank you!! So much cheaper than the store bought, I know :)

  7. Jeannie says

    This is my second time making this! delish! we ate every bit of it, last time I made it I used some coleslaw dressing, this time I’m using the mayo, sugar and apple cider vinegar. I added a little celery for crunch! Yum Bernadette, ty so much for this recipe!

  8. Jeannie says

    Ok, this is Jeannie again, just finished, almost forgot to put the cheese in. But all in all the mayo, sugar and vinegar was so perfect! I won’t use coleslaw dressing again. You hit this one on the nail! TY again.

  9. Dianne says

    good, easy recipe. I only used half the sugar…and next time I will cut the mayo, too. Its real good as is, I just am used to a little lighter…

    • Bernadette says

      Sorry, I missed your comment completely! I do understand, I’m not a low fat, low sugar, low anything kind of cook, but I know there are people out there that either have to or want to.

  10. Felicia says

    Hi! I found this recipe and I plan on trying it for dinner! Im so excited because I love love Walmart’s version but it’s super expensive.

    I have but one question: Is there a mayo that works better than others? I use Dukes and love it, but I know sometimes it doesn’t work well due to it’s flavor. I’m thinking maybe Miracle whip?

    • Bernadette says

      Hi Felicia! I would NOT use Miracle Whip, it wouldn’t taste like Walmart’s salad then. I never heard of Dukes so I’m not sure, I usually use Hellman’s regular mayo ( as in not the olive oil or low fat version). Hope that helps, and I hope you like it!

  11. Josh Miller says

    I LOVE this recipe, but I added bacon and chicken. I cooked about 6 or 8 strips of bacon, and set aside to cool before chopping. I took ~2 Tablespoons of the bacon grease and and added it to the dressing, and then cooked a couple chicken breasts in the remaining bacon grease, and let cool before chopping and adding to the salad. I also added about 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil to the dressing to make it a bit thinner.

  12. C Sheets says

    Thank you! Thank you! I have been looking for this exact recipe! I knew what I wanted in it – I just didn’t have exact amounts!


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