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Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe

This Caprese Pasta Salad recipe is a huge hit at parties! Serve this delicious dish as a side, salad or appetizer. The combination of Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil is absolute perfection!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Megan

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Rotini pasta cooked al dente, drained
  • 8 oz tomatoes cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz mozzarella pearls
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

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

Notes

  • 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 fresh mozzarella balls (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 gluten free pasta!
  • Keep this salad covered and in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. It will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days, so it is a great make-ahead dish.
  • Replace fresh basil with 1 tablespoon of dried basil in a pinch!
  • Sprinkle a thin layer of salt and black pepper over the top of the salad just before serving.
  • This makes a large bowl full of pasta salad, so feel free to cut the recipe in half for a smaller batch.
  • Add shredded or chopped grilled chicken for extra protein.

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg
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