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A bowl of caprese pasta salad that showcases Italian flavors.

Caprese Pasta Salad

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!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 lb. pasta farfalle recommended
  • 1 pint grape (or cherry) tomatoes halved
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cubed
  • ¼ cup fresh basil torn or chopped
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar *Chef note: This recipe is best with good quality balsamic vinegar.
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • coarsely ground pepper to 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!
Keyword Easy, Favorites, Quick, Vegetarian
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