This Caprese Pasta Salad is a summertime dream come true! Sun-ripened tomatoes, creamy mozzarella pearls, and fragrant basil dance upon a bed of chilled pasta, drizzled with a tangy balsamic glaze for a refreshing and flavorful symphony in every bite. It’s perfect for a light lunch, a potluck contribution, or a picnic under the warm summer sun.
- 8 oz short pasta, such as penne, farfalle, or fusilli
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 8 oz bocconcini or mozzarella pearls
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and keep it chilled.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, halved cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, and torn basil leaves.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the pasta salad and toss gently to combine.
- Serve immediately for a refreshing and flavorful summer treat.
- For a richer flavor, add a handful of chopped fresh Parmesan cheese to the salad.
- If you don’t have balsamic vinegar, you can substitute red wine vinegar, but the flavor will be slightly different.
- You can use any type of pasta you like for this salad. Just make sure it’s short-cut, so it’s easy to eat with a fork.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
This Caprese Pasta Salad with Balsamic Glaze is a light and flavorful dish that’s perfect for any occasion. It’s easy to make, refreshing to eat, and sure to please everyone at the table. So enjoy a taste of summer sunshine on a plate and savor the vibrant flavors of this delightful Caprese masterpiece!
- Mediterranean Twist: Add chopped Kalamata olives, red onion, and crumbled feta cheese for a Mediterranean twist.
- Grilled Veggie Delight: Grill some zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers and add them to the salad for a smoky and flavorful variation.
- Protein Power-Up: Add grilled chicken or shrimp to the salad for a more substantial meal.
No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this Caprese Pasta Salad with Balsamic Glaze is sure to become a summertime staple. So get creative, have fun, and savor the taste of the season!