Easy Caprese  Pasta Salad

Need an easy side dish? Or a cold salad for kids' lunches?

Caprese Pasta Salad

Whole Made Living

The fancy looking salad that's easy & fast to make!

Salad Ingredients

1/2 Pound short pasta

8 oz. marinated mozzarella balls

1/2 cup basil leaves

8 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes


 ¼ cup olive oil  ¼ cup balsamic vinegar  3 Tbsp lemon juice 1 large clove of garlic 1 ½ tsp Italian Seasoning ¾ tsp sea salt ½ tsp ground black pepper ½ tsp granulated garlic

Boil Pasta


Prepare Pasta per directions on packaging for al dente (Try any of these short pastas: gemelli, orecchiette, penne, fusilli, rotini, bowtie or small shells)

Make Dressing


Mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, pressed garlic, Italian Seasoning, Salt, Pepper and Granulated garlic



Cut cherry tomatoes in half, basil leaves into thin ribbons and mozzarella balls in half and set aside

Prepare Pasta to Chill


Once pasta is done cooking, run cold water over pasta to less than a minute, just to stop cook, leaving pasta slightly warm still

Mix & Chill


Mix pasta, salad dressing, tomatoes and basil in a large mixing bowl and chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours

Final Mix & Serve


Once ready to serve pasta salad, mix in mozzarella balls and adjust salt & pepper to taste.  Add a touch of olive oil as well to moisten and ENJOY!

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