This simple and delicious caprese pasta salad is so fresh and easy to make. It’s the perfect side dish for any summer potluck or barbecue!
Easy Caprese Pasta Salad
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to bring out all the delicious summer salads! On a hot day, it’s such a relief to have something cool and refreshing to eat for dinner that doesn’t require heating up the whole house. This caprese pasta is the perfect side dish for any summer meal. It goes wonderfully with grilled chicken or steak, and is just the thing to bring to a barbecue or pot luck! It’s also perfect as a light lunch on a day when you don’t feel like cooking. It’s so savory and flavorful, and the combination of flavors is fantastic!
This caprese pasta salad recipe has only six ingredients, and takes just a few minutes to make. The drizzle of balsamic glaze on top adds the perfect flavor boost, and it complements the tomato, basil, and mozzarella flavors well.
I found my balsamic glaze at the grocery store next to the olive oil and vinegar. If you can’t find pre-made balsamic glaze, it’s easy to make your own at home. I’ve used this recipe from Pioneer Woman many times, and it has turned out great every time. Pasta caprese is a must-make this summer!
What is Caprese?
Caprese (Ka•pre•ze) is a simple Italian dish made up of fresh tomatoes, sliced mozzarella and fresh sweet basil. Many caprese foods are sprinkled with salt and pepper and/or drizzled with a balsamic glaze.
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How to Make Caprese Pasta Salad
Caprese Pasta Salad
This simple and delicious caprese pasta salad is so fresh and easy to make. It's the perfect side dish for any summer potluck or barbecue!
- 8 ounces shell pasta
- 2 small ripe tomatoes chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella chopped
- 1/2 cup Italian dressing
- 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze
Cook the pasta according to the package directions, then drain and rinse with cold water.
Add the pasta, tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella to a large mixing bowl, then toss with the Italian dressing.
Drizzle with the balsamic glaze, then refrigerate 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.