Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Caprese Pasta Salad

One of our favorite pasta salads just happens to be one of the simplest ones to make! Our caprese pasta salad is fresh and light, and just perfect for a potluck lunch or picnic on the beach. If you love the combination of tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese, we are positive you will love this recipe!

1 box of Campanelle Pasta (or Ziti pasta)

1 tsp. salt
8 oz. of store-bought Italian dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of one lemon
3 oz. of black olives
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of fresh mozzarella cheese
Handful of fresh basil, chopped

Kitchen Essentials:

Large pot
Cutting board
Measuring cups and spoons
Spatula or wooden spoon
Can opener
Large bowl


Bring a pot of water to a boil with a teaspoon of salt. Tip: the water will boil faster if you put the lid on the pot. Pat the mozzarella cheese dry and chop into bite-sized pieces. Chop the cherry tomatoes in half.


Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Turn off the stove. Drain completely and pour back into the pot. Add the Italian dressing, lemon juice and olive oil right on top and stir until all the noodles are covered with the dressing. Wait a few minutes for the pasta to cool before adding the rest of the ingredients. Once the pasta is at room temperature, add the olives, tomatoes and mozzarella. Stir again and pour into a pretty bowl. Sprinkle the chopped basil over the pasta salad. 


  1. Your pasta salad looks so nice and colorful!

  2. Yummy and colorful! Love caprese. I've even made a caprese salad pizza before and it's so yum!

  3. Oh yes, this just screams "summer" to me, we love all these ingredients, sounds wonderful! for a picnic on the beach!

  4. I love pasta salads without mayo!

  5. This looks like a simple and delicious pasta salad!

  6. That's the perfect summer salad. Great Mediterranean ingredients and much lighter without mayo.

  7. Such a lovely summertime salad - I love to add the taste of insalata caprese to pasts - it makes for the most delicious combination! Great recipe!
    Have a wonderful Monday!

  8. This is a delicious summer salad. Perfect. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  9. This looks like a perfect summer meal. Thanks for sharing!

  10. WOW this seriously looks AMAZING! Beautiful job!

  11. This looks so delicious and fresh!

    xx Kait


  12. A delicious salad! Summery and colorful.



  13. Yours look really pretty and delicious, and I am in the middle of making my version right now for dinner! =D


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