Caprese Pasta Salad

The Italian-American Page Team

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Summer is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing Caprese Pasta Salad? This delightful dish combines the classic flavors of a Caprese salad with the heartiness of pasta, making it the perfect side dish or light main course. Bursting with juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and aromatic basil, all tossed in a tangy vinaigrette, this salad will surely be a hit at your next picnic or barbecue. Let’s dive in!


Vinaigrette Dressing:

• ¼ cup olive oil

• ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

• 2–3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

• 1 clove minced garlic

• 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

• ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

• ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Caprese Pasta Salad:

• ½ pound dried pasta of choice (Ditaloni Rigate)

• 8 ounces mozzarella pearls, or cubed fresh mozzarella

• 2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half

• ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

• Salt and pepper to taste


1. Prepare the Vinaigrette:

In a small bowl or a jar with a lid, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, and black pepper. Whisk or shake vigorously until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and emulsified. Set the vinaigrette aside to let the flavors meld.

2. Cook the Pasta:

Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to halt the cooking process and keep the pasta firm. Allow it to drain completely.

3. Assemble the Salad:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled pasta, halved grape tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, and sliced fresh basil. Pour the prepared vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently to ensure all ingredients are evenly coated.

4. Season to Taste:

Taste the salad and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed. Give it one final toss to distribute the seasoning evenly.

5. Serve and Enjoy:

Transfer the Caprese Pasta Salad to a serving dish and garnish with a few extra basil leaves for a pop of color. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


And there you have it – a vibrant and delicious Caprese Pasta Salad that captures the essence of summer in every bite. This dish is perfect for any gathering and is sure to impress your friends and family with its fresh flavors and beautiful presentation. Enjoy your taste of Italy right at home! Buon appetito! 🌞🍅🍝🌿

Feel free to share your experiences and any variations you try with this recipe in the comments below. Happy cooking!