Caprese Pasta Salad


My mother in law just flew in to see the baby when she is born.  She will be here TOMORROW!  Kind of freaking out a little bit.  I am so exited to meet her!  My boys have loved having their grandma here.  They said that she gives the best back rubs.  It has been so nice to have her around to help me get things ready.  I especially loved having an extra hand in the kitchen making this salad and helping me clean up!

We were making a yummy lunch and I have always wanted to make a Caprese Pasta Salad.  Caprese is a perfect combination of flavors, textures, and freshness.  Ripe tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil.  It all went together perfectly in this pasta salad!  It was so simple to throw together and I am telling you, it is AWESOME!  You will definitely want to make this.  It is a perfect side to any summer BBQ and you are going to love it.

Caprese Pasta Salad
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A delicious and flavorful pasta salad that is so easy to throw together!
Serves: 4-6
  • 8 oz pasta (I used cellentani)
  • 1 cup (8 oz) small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 2 cups (10.5 oz) grape tomatoes
  • Basil Pesto:
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used about ¼ tsp salt and pepper)
  1. Cook and drain your pasta according to package directions. Drain with cold water and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine basil, garlic, parmesan, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Pulse until everything is coarsely chopped and blended together.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine pasta, basil pesto, grape tomatoes, and mozzarella balls. Toss together until it is coated in the basil pesto.



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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Mmmm I love a good pasta salad, especially for a barbecue. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. This looks great. I’m growing both basil and tomatoes so I’ll be making a lot of caprese recipes this summer. Can’t wait to see pics of your baby.

  3. This looks so good

  4. Umm, I need a bucket full of this! It looks unbelievable!

  5. You know I really have never tried to make homemade pasta salad as I have never been a fan of the store bought stuff but this recipe makes me want to try it!

    • Virginia says:

      Oh my goodness Shae!…. Home made pasta salad is NOTHING like store bought!!! Home made is heavenly!!! I agree with you… Store bought gets two thumbs down!

  6. I’m assuming the white balsamic goes in the food processor with everything else yet its not in the directions.

  7. Patti Adair says:

    I am going to make this! Sounds terrific! Only one question…when do you add vinegar?

  8. Dacia Daniels says:

    This looks amaaaaazing, Alyssa! One question–when does the white balsamic go in?

    Thanks so much!


  9. Super yum. Made this tonight. I used penne which also worked well. A large clove of garlic is important. 🙂

  10. Kristine says:

    Made this and it’s good however, here is my input for what it’s worth. One clove of garlic completely takes over the whole dish. I would just add a pinch of garlic or at least a very small clove. All I taste is the garlic, I don’t get the basil or any of the other flavors. Otherwise it’s pretty good.

  11. I made this tonight and it came out delicious!!! I did tweek the recipe some though instead of olive oil I used Italian dressing, and before serving I topped it off with parmesan cheese, it was absolutely scrumptious!!!

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