A pasta salad recipe that is perfect as a dinner entree, side dish, lunch or brunch. Enjoy the classic combination of tomato, mozzarella, and basil tossed with pasta and drizzled with a rich balsamic vinaigrette. This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious!
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
1pintgrape (or cherry) tomatoeshalved
¼cupfresh basil torn or chopped
¼cupbalsamic vinegar*Chef note: This recipe is best with good quality balsamic vinegar.
½cupextra virgin olive oil
coarsely ground pepperto taste
Cook pasta according to package directions (for added flavor, add a large pinch of salt to the water to season the pasta).
Mix tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil together in a large bowl.
Pour balsamic vinegar into a small bowl and drizzle extra virgin olive oil into the bowl while whisking vigorously (this action should thicken the dressing slightly). Add a pinch of coarsely ground black pepper.
Pour half of the balsamic vinegar mixture over the tomato, mozzarella, basil mixture. Stir with a spoon.
Pour the prepared pasta over the tomato, mozzarella, basil mixture. Pour the remaining balsamic vinaigrette mixture over the pasta. Stir with a large spoon.
For a warm salad, serve right away. For a chilled salad, place in refrigerator and chill for at least an hour before service. Enjoy!