Caprese Pasta Salad
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With Summer upon us, my mind drifts to thoughts of vegetable garden bounty. Specifically fresh tomatoes and basil. There’s just something about the first tomato of the season…warm, ripe and juicy. When paired with fresh, bright green basil there isn’t anything better in my opinion. Typically I use both of these harvest favorites in homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs. But in the Summer I prefer cold salads and side dishes. One of my go-to dishes is Caprese Pasta Salad. The basic recipe is classic and delicious and you can make your own additions and changes depending on your culinary mood 🙂
These fresh tomatoes were in my farm basket this week. They were grown locally – and are sweet and tangy.
During Jennifer’s move I have been the honor guard for her herb garden. Thank goodness she has an abundance of fresh basil 🙂
- 8 ounces dried pasta cooked as directed on the package. I used bow tie pasta.
- 1 pint of grape or cherry tomatoes
- 6 ounces ball of fresh mozzarella, cubed into small pieces
- 1 cup of fresh basil, cut into strips
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- BALSAMIC VINAIRGRETTE
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced finely
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and then rinse in cold water. Add the pasta to a medium sized serving bowl. Add the tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.
Add balsamic vinaigrette and toss thoroughly.
I washed everything well…
Fresh mozzarella is so creamy and mild…
This basic recipe is pasta, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella…
You can change this dish up by adding olives, garbanzo beans and chicken for a dinner meal.
…adding balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch.
Doesn’t this look delicious? Trust me, it is!
If you are ever in need of a quick dish, this is a sure winner!
This looks super easy and – in my book – it’s also super healthy.
Says come and get me all over the photos. 😀
Thank you! We think it’s tasty and healthy too!
This looks so Delish n I needed a pasta salad recipe along w my hubs loves caprese! Yum!! Can’t wait to try! Xo Lisa
Lisa – this a great recipe for how versatile it is! I think y’all will love it!
This looks delicious! I could pig out on fresh pasta salads like this in summer. Adding it to my list right now!! Can’t wait to see Jenn’s new place! Looks beautiful from the outside 🙂
Hey Angie – this pasta salad is perfect for the entire Summer. We like to sometimes add black olives and chicken 🙂
This looks really delicious!
You need to give it a try JJ…we think you would really like it!
I spy my new “go to” for summer picnics! This looks so good, I can’t wait to try it. Hugs, CoCo