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Caprese Pasta Salad

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This caprese pasta salad came about for a couple of reasons. First, I LOVE a good caprese salad! And second, I’m not a big fan of traditional pasta salad. So I thought, why not make a pasta salad that has all the flavors of my favorite type of salad?! Well, this caprese pasta salad does not disappoint! It has all the amazing flavors that you’d expect in a caprese salad but it’s a lot easier to throw together and transport to a friend’s house!

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I use bowtie pasta for this salad but you can use any type of pasta you’d like. I just think the bowties are adorable…and my daughter always picks them out at the grocery store. 🙂 And while the pasta is cooking you can go ahead and slice your tomatoes and dice the cheese to save a little time. italian, pasta, salad, caprese salad, italian salad, italian pasta salad, caprese pasta salad, coco and ash, side dish, appetizer italian, pasta, salad, caprese salad, italian salad, italian pasta salad, caprese pasta salad, coco and ash, side dish, appetizer

Once the pasta is cooked, drained, and rinsed you can just add everything in the bowl and toss it together and you’re done!

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5 from 4 votes
http://www.pipandebby.com/
Caprese Pasta Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 

All the flavors of a traditional caprese salad brought together in a hearty pasta salad!

Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 16 ounce box of pasta (I like to use bowties)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 8 ounce mozzarella cheese ball (not shredded) (sliced into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup store-bought pesto
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt (plus more for salting the pasta water)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with water and 1 tbsp of salt and boil your pasta according to the package directions. 

  2. While the pasta is cooking, slice your tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices and cut your mozzarella into 1/2 inch cubes. These sizes are just my preference so if you like them smaller or bigger, go for it! 

  3. Once your pasta is done, drain it and rinse it with cold water. You do NOT want your mozzarella to get melty. 

  4. Add your cooled pasta to a mixing bowl along with the tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto, balsamic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

  5. Toss together and either serve at room temperature or refrigerated. 

Recipe Notes

(Recipe adapted from Pip and Ebby)

 

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  • Noel Lizotte
    May 30, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I love salads and my husband loves pasta salad…this recipe is sure to be a winner at my house. I’ll be trying it out next week! Can’t go wrong with those flavors!

    • Coco and Ash
      May 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      I hope you love it!!

  • Shashi at Savory Spin
    May 31, 2017 at 1:05 am

    I so love this – such a deliciously flavorful twist on traditional pasta salad – definitely a crowd pleaser at summer get togethers – thanks so much for the inspiration.

    • Coco and Ash
      May 31, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Shashi!! It’s definitely a crowd pleaser 🙂

  • Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    May 31, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I really like this recipe. So fresh looking and easy to make

  • Patty
    May 31, 2017 at 5:33 am

    What a wonderful recipe, love pasta salad!

    • Coco and Ash
      May 31, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Thank you so much Patty!

  • Molly Kumar
    May 31, 2017 at 5:51 am

    OMG, I’m literally hungry looking at your gorgeous pictures!!! I love salad for meals and always looking for more recipes. This would totally be my lunch soon.

    • Coco and Ash
      May 31, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Molly!! I’ve totally eaten this for lunch myself! 🙂

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