Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple yet flavorful side dish. This pasta salad is filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Tossed with an Italian oil dressing and topped with balsamic glaze.

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple yet flavorful side dish. This pasta salad is filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Tossed with an Italian oil dressing and topped with balsamic glaze.

Don’t start making everything pumpkin spiced just yet. We still have another few weeks of summer. A few more weeks of warm sunshine on our face, iced coffees and garden fresh recipes like this Caprese Pasta Salad!

The amazingly fresh fruit and vegetables are one of my favorite things about summertime. Now if I could only grow my own garden. Unfortunately, gardening has never been one of my skills. I swear, you either have it or you don’t! And up until now I definitely DON’T have it.

But this summer I have been working hard not to kill all the poor plants that are unfortunate enough to be under my care. I am thrilled to report that I have kept succulents, a ponytail palm and a basil plant alive all summer! If I can do it anyone can! Seriously, anyone. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll even grown my own tomatoes for this recipe.

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple yet flavorful side dish. This pasta salad is filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Tossed with an Italian oil dressing and topped with balsamic glaze.

The best thing about using garden fresh ingredients is that they taste so darn good that there is no need to overcomplicate things. This pasta salad has just 4 ingredients not counting the dressing.

I like to make pasta salads with interesting flavor twists. My Bloody Mary Pasta Salad, Spinach Dip Pasta Salad and Jalapeño Popper Macaroni Salad are all perfect for potlucks!

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple yet flavorful side dish. This pasta salad is filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Tossed with an Italian oil dressing and topped with balsamic glaze.

I used these swirly radiatore pasta noodles because I was in a swirly kind of mood that day. Feel free to use your favorite pasta. Shells, bowtie or rotini pasta all work great too.

This Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe makes a fantastic picnic or potluck side dish. Or serve with grilled chicken for light summer meal.

Check out these caprese inspired recipes:

Caprese Chicken by She Wears Many Hats
Chicken Caprese Burger by Barbara Bakes
Hot Caprese Dip by Rachel Cooks

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple yet flavorful side dish. This pasta salad is filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Tossed with an Italian oil dressing and topped with balsamic glaze.

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Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple yet flavorful side dish. This pasta salad is filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Tossed with an Italian oil dressing and topped with balsamic glaze.
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Caprese Pasta Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple yet flavorful side dish. This pasta salad is filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Tossed with an Italian oil dressing and topped with balsamic glaze.

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 8
Ingredients
Pasta Salad
  • 8 ounces Radiatore Pasta (cooked according to package instructions, drained & cooled)
  • 12 ounces Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  • 8 ounces Fresh Small Mozzarella Balls (aka ciliegine) (drained)
  • 10 Large Basil Leaves (cut into ribbons)
  • Salt/Pepper (to taste)
Dressing
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Garlic Clove (grated)
  • Pinch Salt/Pepper
  • Small Pinch White Sugar
Balsamic Reduction
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and let pasta cool completely.

  2. While pasta is cooling, mix all dressing ingredients and let sit.

  3. In large bowl, combine tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, salt/pepper and cooled pasta. If not serving immediately wait to cut and add the basil until just before serving to prevent darkening.

  4. Toss pasta salad with dressing until evenly coated.

  5. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple yet flavorful side dish. This pasta salad is filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Tossed with an Italian oil dressing and topped with balsamic vinegar glaze.

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  1. I could basically live off pasta for the rest of my life! Your pasta recipe sounds delish!
    The cherry tomatoes, basil and the dressing really gives it an Italian feel. Thank you for even including directions for the balsamic glaze! I love it! xx

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