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!

    • luli says

      I have a question, is the broccoli cooked or not cook. Whats the most effective way to cut it. Would it be the same as buying the broccoli in the bag?

      • Bernadette says

        Hi Luli,

        The broccoli is not cooked. I just chop a head of broccoli on a cutting board with a sharp knife. You could buy a large bag of fresh broccoli if your grocery store carries it, but be sure to wash it well. I hope that helps!

  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!

  13. Jeannie says

    I brought this salad to my boyfriend’s Mom and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Party, and everyone said who brought this salad, everyone loved it! So did his Mom and Dad!

  14. Sandra Holt says

    Love Walmarts version of this Pasta salad. Have just made it from your receipe and it is exactly the same. Love it and thanks for sharing.

  15. Teresa says

    I plan on trying this tonight…..We used to purchase this pasta salad at Jewel Foods, who has discontinued this salad. I am going to try starting with less sugar and see how that goes. 1/2 cup seems to be a bit much….any thoughts on 1/4 cup, I know I can add more

    • Bernadette says

      I think 1/4 cup should be fine, like you said you can always adjust from there. I hope you like it!

  16. Meka says

    I tried this and fell in love with it from the first bite. I’m so glad I found the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • Bernadette says

      Hi Jane! I would say you would need 12 boxes of pasta (1 box serves approximately 8 people, 100 divided by 8 is 12.5), 12 medium heads of broccoli, 12 medium size red onions, 10 cups mild cheddar, 10 cups mayo, 5 cups sugar, and 10 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. It’s going to be a little expensive, but still cheaper than buying it at the store! Wow, 100 people or more! I would love to hear how your guests like it.

    • Bernadette says

      Hi again, after thinking about this today, I think I may have been wrong in my calculations this morning. I think you would need a little more, 15 boxes of pasta, 15 broccoli, etc and increase the rest in equal amounts. I hope you didn’t make it yet or can add more! I’m assuming it wasn’t for today?

  17. Meka says

    Ms. Bernadette I did it!!!!!!! It turned out great. The family loved it. I guess I’ll be adding this to my rotation. Thanks again for posting the recipe

  18. Jeannie says

    Guess what I’m making tonight? Yes this lovely recipe! Have you tried to figure out the broccoli salad they have in the Walmart deli? I think it has gold raisins and bacon bits, with the same dressing, and of course some red onion.

  19. Cat says

    Love this salad from Walmart. Just came across your recipe. Going to get everything and make it myself. Thanks!

  20. Chris says

    I used 1/3 cup of sugar instead the the 1/2 cup and it was still way too much. Perhaps 1 Tablespoon would be more appropriate. It tasted like a dessert gone wrong with so much sugar.

    • Bernadette says

      If you eat it right away, it does taste like that. It’s better to let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. If the sugar was still crunchy, it didn’t chill long enough. I hope that helps!

    • Bernadette says

      Yes, a considerable one. If your worried about the fat or cholesterol, since my husband had a heart attack a few months ago we have been using the no cholesterol mayonnaise that Hellman’s makes. If you do decide to try it with Miracle Whip, can you come back and let us know what you thought of it? Thanks!

  21. jjmaxcold says

    Used rice noodles as my hubby is GF, Also added dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and almonds just because. Tasted awesome

  22. kekecatty/Jeannie says

    I am making this right now as I chat! You know how much I love this recipe. But I could not find any Tri-color rotini :( , seems everyone is going to make this, this holiday! Could not find a decent red onion, so I went for a sweet onion and regular rotini. I did find some Chedder Cheese and my Boyfriend is out getting sugar and some apple cider vinegar! That’s how much he loves this salad!

  23. Brenda says

    Bernadette,Thank You, Love this now since you worked at walmart do you have the Loaded Potato Salad recipe I did buy these 2 every other week but now only the loaded potato –when I get that one I’ll make my own all the time.

    • Bernadette says

      Hi Brenda! I don’t remember a “loaded” potato salad, just the regular kind, but I left there 6 years ago. It’s great to hear you love this pasta salad!


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  2. […] So about a month or so ago, my brings home our usual bucket, but also in the bag, there’s a 1 cup (1 lb) container of broccoli cheddar pasta salad. At first I was a little bit skeptical, but when I got my first fork full…It was like a cool tangy cheesy taste of heaven! Love at first bite ♥ After that, It was thrown into our bi-weekly routine. However, after about the 3rd or 4th time purchasing it, I begin to wonder if $4 a pound was really worth this delicious goodness?? My tastebuds said hell yea but every frugal bone in my body knew better, so I took to google looking for a copycat recipe. Thank heavens I found one by Bernadette @ Rants From My Crazy Kitchen, who is none other then a former walmart deli employee! God is so so soo good! I ended up paying maybe $6 for enough to make atleast 8+ cups! You can find her recipe {Here}. […]

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