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Caprese Pasta Salad | cafedelites.com
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Caprese Pasta Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

The perfect Caprese pasta salad for a potluck or summer bbq! Caprese pasta salad made with juicy tomatoes, marinated fresh mozzarella cheese, fragrant fresh basil, and a mouthwatering homemade Italian herb vinaigrette! A versatile popular side dish!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 566 kcal
Author: Karina
Ingredients
Dressing/Marinade
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 4-5 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp capers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Pasta Salad
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz bocconcini fresh mozzarella balls (or fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2" cubes)
  • 12 oz dried orecchiette pasta (or other shortcut pasta)
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add dressing ingredients and whisk until well combined.  Reserve 2 Tbsp of dressing and place in an airtight container and set aside.

  2. Add cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella to mixing bowl with the dressing and toss to combine.  Let sit and marinate approximately 30 minutes.

  3. While the cheese and tomatoes are marinating, boil pasta according to package directions.  Drain pasta and toss with a drizzle of olive oil.  Let cool slightly.

  4. Add pasta to mixing bowl and toss to combine.  Transfer to serving container, cover and refrigerate  1-2 days.  Before serving, toss pasta salad with reserved dressing and serve.

Recipe Notes

Pasta salad can also be served warm, right away after making it.

Nutrition Facts
Caprese Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 566 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Potassium 284mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 11.9%
Vitamin C 19.8%
Calcium 16.1%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.