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Caprese Pasta Salad

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Marinating time30 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 566kcal
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

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

Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 11.9% | Vitamin C: 19.8% | Calcium: 16.1% | Iron: 9.9%