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This balsamic caprese pasta salad is a fresh, quick, and simple vegetarian side dish that's perfect for picnics or BBQs.

Balsamic Caprese Pasta Salad

A light and refreshing pasta salad with the classic Caprese flavors of basil, fresh mozza, and tomato. Tossed with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword balsamic caprese pasta salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Salt & Lavender

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked penne
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella or Bocconcini (see note)
  • 1/2 small red onion chopped
  • Handful grape tomatoes halved
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or to taste
  • Large handful fresh basil torn
  • Fresh parsley chopped, to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, prep your other ingredients.
  3. When the pasta is done, drain it and rinse it under cold water. Ensure it's properly drained again before adding it to a large bowl.
  4. Add the mozzarella, onion, tomatoes, vinegar, oil, basil, parsley, and salt & pepper to the bowl. Gently toss it. Adjust vinegar, oil, and seasonings as needed depending on how much dressing you like. Chill for an hour or serve immediately.

Recipe Notes