Caprese Pasta Salad

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Everyone loves my Tortellini Pasta Salad recipe! But, I needed something for the vegetarians too, don’t you think? I mean sure, they could just omit the pepperoni from my most popular pasta salad dish, but where’s the fun in that? I absolutely love caprese salads. There’s something so delightfully simple about it. Tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.. what could be better? I’ll tell you: Caprese Pasta Salad!

how my caprese pasta salad came to be:

Every summer, Eric and I are lucky enough to take a vacation, normally leaving the last week of June and returning around July 13th or so. We’ve been fortunate enough to go to France and Italy (both twice), Mexico, and Turkey together. We had big travel plans for 2020 and 2021, but those got cancelled due to covid. However, two weeks ago we were lucky enough to spend some time at Eric’s family’s cottage down in Plymouth- a short 45 minute drive from our home. We took Duck and Goose, packed up the car, and headed down for a week on the water.

I had big plans for this trip. I was going to make and document eighteen new recipes.. Now I laugh now that I thought it would happen this way. Well, although I didn’t make eighteen different recipes during that vacation, I did make this Caprese Pasta Salad! Overall, it’s herbaceous, lemony, and perfectly light for summertime! PLUS it’s vegetarian-friendly!

Two white plates and one big bowl full of pasta salad with tomatoes, cheese, and basil.

Anyway, breaking down the components of these Sweet Potato Kale Bowls and why they work.. I think it’s all about the flavors here. For instance, I use lemon juice, Italian seasoning blend, fresh basil.. it’s perfect! I think this Caprese Pasta Salad gets better the longer you let it marinate in the fridge. Trust me, make this dish the day before you are serving it, and it will be perfect!

What you need to make seasoned and salted’s caprese pasta salad:
  • pasta
  • mozzarella
  • tomatoes
  • basil
  • Italian seasoning blend
  • lemon juice
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • lemon zest
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parmesan cheese

Enjoy, and as always, please let me know if you make this recipe – and if you do, don’t forget to tag @seasonedandsalted and #seasonedandsalted on Instagram!

Two white plates and one big bowl full of pasta salad with tomatoes, cheese, and basil.

Caprese Pasta Salad

Allie Hagerty
This protein-packed Caprese Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish this summer! Vegetarian-friendly and simple to make!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Time to Chill 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 307 kcal

Equipment

  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • cutting board
  • chef’s knife
  • mixing bowls
  • microplane
  • citrus juicer

Ingredients
  

For the Pasta Salad

  • 1 pound cooked pasta
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1.5 cups fresh basil you can keep the leaves whole or chop/tear them
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning blend

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients for the dressing ( 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, zest and juice of 1 lemon) in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the remaining pasta salad ingredients. Next, pour in the dressing. toss to combine, until the pasta salad is coated evenly with dressing. Cover the bowl with a lid or wrap and allow it to marinate for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight) in the fridge.

Notes

To enhance the freshness, add the basil just before serving your Caprese Pasta Salad. This ensures the vibrant green color and the aromatic flavor of the basil are at their peak, making each forkful a burst of summer goodness.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 33.6gProtein: 16.1gFat: 14.1gSaturated Fat: 4.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 353.3mgPotassium: 148.5mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 2.8g
Keyword Italian, Pasta, Pasta Salad, tomatoes, Vegetarian
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for our post pandemic housewarming/three graduations/seven birthday celebration party! Everyone loved it, my mother in law is also going to make it for friends! It’s such a great “summer tasting” salad. I am historically not a big pasta salad person, but this is going into my regular recipe rotation. Amazing as a meal in itself, but we also had grilled chicken.

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