Caprese Pasta Salad
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this delicious tasting and easy to make Caprese pasta salad with balsamic dressing is a perfect cold dish to enjoy all year long.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Serves: 4 servings
  • 8 oz large elbow pasta (or another pasta shape of similar size)
  • 4 oz mozzarella pearls
  • 5 ox grape tomatoes
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoon oil (I use avocado oil, any oil will work as well like olive oil, vegetable oil)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar glaze (it's thick balsamic, any balsamic vinegar will work)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
add more seasoning if desired or more dressing if the pasta absorbs it quicly
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions (this recipe is for a 1/2 lb pasta double remaining ingredients if you plan on making it with a pound of pasta)
  2. Drain the pasta and run cold water to cool pasta.
  3. Next, add a tablespoon or so of oil so the pasta won't stick together.
  4. Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise and place them in a bowl with the mozzarella and pasta.
  5. Mix the ingredients for the dressing together well, (or use an immersion blender to emulsify it, pour the dressing over the bowl with the pasta, and mix well.
  6. Add slide fresh basil
  7. Place the pasta salad in the fridge. Chill the pasta salad for at least an hour for the best flavor.
  8. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Drizzle additional balsamic glaze over top before serving if desired.
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