Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe {VIDEO}

Caprese Pasta Salad is a hit at parties! Serve as a side, salad or appetizer. The combination of tomatoes, Mozzarella and basil is perfection!

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Caprese Pasta Salad is one of those super easy-peasy recipes that works at any type of gathering and any time of the year. I make this salad a ton throughout the year, to sit in our fridge for lunches or snacks and also for both summer and winter parties. It is so super simple, requiring only a handful of main ingredients, but it is also off-the-charts delicious. It comes with a warning, though: Once you start eating it, you will not be able to stop. The combination of tomatoes, basil, pasta and mozzarella pearls is so deliciously perfect you will hardly believe it.

Watch this quick video to see how easy it is to make Caprese Pasta Salad!

What dressing goes on pasta salad?

Italian dressing is my FAVORITE thing to put into a typical pasta salad, but this Caprese Pasta Salad is no typical salad, people. Balsamic vinegar and olive oil hit the nail on the head here in the dressing category!

Notes about this delicious Caprese Pasta Salad:

  • Pesto is easy to find at most grocery stores, but feel free to make your own pesto if you’re feeling adventurous. It is easy to make and soo delicious!

  • If you are unable to find mozzarella pearls (look in the specialty cheese section of your local grocery store), purchase a chunk of fresh mozzarella instead and cut it into 1/2-inch chunks.

  • Turn this into a gluten-free salad by using a GF pasta!

  • Keep this salad covered and in the fridge until ready to serve. It will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days, so it is a great make-ahead dish.

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Enjoy this Caprese Pasta Salad, friends! Thank you for being here!

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pasta, salad, party food
Appetizer
American
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Caprese Pasta Salad

prep time: 15 minscook time: 5 minstotal time: 20 mins

This Caprese Pasta Salad is a hit at parties! Serve as a side, salad or appetizer. The combination of tomatoes, Mozzarella and basil is perfection!

ingredients:

  • 16-oz. box Rotini pasta, cooked to al dente and drained
  • 8-oz. container grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8-oz. package Mozzarella pearls
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Cover and chill until ready to serve!
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