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Caprese Pasta Salad

This caprese pasta salad is so simple to make and great for a picnic. There are long pasta spirals, fresh mozzarella pearls, cherry tomatoes, and ribbons of basil all tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. My favorite thing is to top the the pasta salad off with a sweet balsamic glaze.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Caprese Pasta Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 475kcal
Author Miranda Couse

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lb HemisFares Fusilli Bucati Lunghi
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella pearls halved
  • 8 medium basil leaves cut in ribbons or tore
  • 1 1/4 cups balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Instructions

  • Add the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan over medium heat. Let it simmer for 15 - 20 minutes until it becomes thick. Remove from the heat and let cool. It will reduce down to about 2 T. of balsamic glaze.
  • Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  • Either bring the noodles in half or leaving them whole, add them into the boiling water and boil for 12 - 14 minutes. I boiled mine for 14 minutes.
  • Pour the noodles into a colander. Rinse with cold water until the noodles are no longer warm and drain.
  • Add the noodles to a large bowl.
  • Slice the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella pearls in half. Set aside several pieces to add on top later. Add the rest in with the noodles. 
  • Cut the basil into ribbons or tear it up. Set aside a few pieces and add the rest into the bowl.
  • Pour the balsamic vinaigrette dressing and glaze into the bowl with the pasta and stir until everything is coated. Add more or less dressing depending on your preference.
  • Add the remaining slices of tomatoes, mozzarella, and bail to the top of the salad. Don't stir it in.
  • Cover and refrigerate.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg