This fast and easy Caprese Pasta Salad recipe is coated in a light, creamy balsamic and olive oil dressing. A great vegetarian weeknight dinner, or add grilled chicken to make it more hearty.
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Caprese Pasta Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

This fast and easy Caprese Pasta Salad recipe is coated in a light, creamy balsamic and olive oil dressing. A great vegetarian weeknight dinner, or add grilled chicken to make it more hearty.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 576kcal
Author: Elizabeth Lindemann

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to directions in salted water. Drain and rinse under cold water until completely cooled. Shake off as much excess water as possible.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise (2 tablespoons), balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons), olive oil (1/4 cup), and kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Add the drained and cooled pasta, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil to the bowl with the dressing. Stir to coat.
  • Drizzle with more olive oil and balsamic and top with fresh cracked pepper before serving, if desired.

Notes

  • Make ahead instructions: This pasta salad can be made in advance up to 24 hours, however, the salt will draw out some of the liquid from the tomatoes, making it a bit more watery, and make the basil a little soggy. If you make it in advance, I suggest adding the tomatoes and basil just before serving.
  • Make it a meal: For a heartier meal, add grilled chicken to the pasta salad, or chickpeas for a vegetarian option.
  • The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.

Nutrition

Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1041IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 2mg