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Caprese Pasta Salad

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x

Description

This Caprese Pasta Salad is quick and easy to make, it’s tossed with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, and it’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, or just any normal weeknight meal.


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Ingredients

Caprese Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dry pasta (any shape will do)
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes (I used a combination of red/yellow cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 (8 oz) ball of fresh mozzarella, diced (or you can use the brick of cheese)
  • 1/3 cup julienned or shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 batch balsamic vinaigrette (see below)

Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • pinch of Italian seasonings (store-bought or homemade)

Instructions

To Make The Caprese Pasta Salad:

  1. Cook the pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted water al dente according to package directions.  Drain pasta and rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot.
  2. In a large serving bowl, toss pasta with the remaining ingredients until combined.
  3. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

To Make The Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.