Caprese Pasta Salad

5 from 3 reviews

This Caprese pasta salad is filled with ripe grape tomatoes, fresh basil, and cool mozzarella tossed in a pesto vinaigrette and drizzled with a tangy balsamic glaze. It combines your favorite flavors of a fresh, summertime Caprese salad with the familiar backyard BBQ pasta salad.


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  1. Toss cooked pasta in olive oil and sprinkle with a few large pinches of salt and pepper. Toss to coat and set aside to cool to room temperature. 
  2. In a small mason jar, combine pesto, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Shake vigorously until well combined. 
  3. Add pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil to a large serving bowl. Reserve a tablespoon or so of the basil for garnish. 
  4. Pour dressing over pasta salad and toss to coat evenly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  5. Drizzle salad with balsamic glaze and garnish with fresh a bit more fresh basil. 



  • Salt your pasta water. Your pasta should boil in a large pot of salted water that is as salty as the sea. Salting the pasta water is the first chance you have to season the pasta and is the best time to bring out all the flavors of your delicious noodles. Once you start salting your pasta, you will never stop!
  • Cook pasta just until al dente. There's nothing worse than soggy noodles in a pasta salad. The noodles will continue to soak up a bit of the dressing as it sits, so cooking the noodles just until al dente will ensure that they don't end up mushy.
  • Some recipes suggest that you drain the pasta and run cold water over it, however, I find that as long as you cook the pasta al dente there is no need to do this. Just toss it in some olive oil and set it aside until you're ready to assemble the pasta. If you want to cool it down more quickly, pop it in the fridge for a few minutes.
  • If you want to make this a complete meal and add a bit more protein, feel free to add grilled chicken, canned chickpeas, or your favorite veggies.


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