With just four ingredients, our Caprese Pasta Salad is a light and fresh tasting pasta salad that’s easy to make too. Mozzarella, tomatoes and a basil pesto, the flavors of Caprese, combine with pasta for a true summer pasta salad that will become a staple at your summertime gatherings.
Summer Pasta Salad
Summer and salad go hand in hand. And an easy Italian pasta salad bursting with the fresh flavors of summer sure does fit the bill.
An easy to make side dish, this recipe requires only four ingredients. Pasta, tomatoes, bocconcini and pesto combine for the best pasta salad of the season.
Feel free to make an easy homemade pesto recipe, you know that's my choice, or take it easy and just buy a ready made pesto at your grocery store. If you have a choice between a jarred pesto and a refrigerated pesto, I'd go with the refrigerated pesto. Just saying.
I guarantee that this bowtie pasta salad with pesto will quickly become your go-to summer side dish.
Make it a meal to serve four and top with cooked chicken, beef or shrimp. It will be a delicious summer main dish too!
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How to make a pasta salad
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- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and run under cold water to cool.
- In serving bowl, combine cooled pasta, bocconcini, tomatoes and pesto, tossing until evenly coated.
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Use your favorite pasta shape
- Make it creamy. Just stir in Greek yogurt, sour cream or mayonnaise
- Drizzle with a balsamic glaze
- Make with grape tomatoes
- Add chopped fresh basil for a punch of fresh flavor
- Add one or any combination of these stir-ins:
- Artichoke hearts
- Chopped celery
- Chopped red onion
- Crispy bacon
- Roasted red peppers
- Sundried tomatoes
Ingredients for a pasta salad
- bowtie pasta - fun pasta shape
- bocconcini - creamy italian mozzarella cheese
- cherry tomatoes - juicy and flavorful
- pesto - use your favorite homemade pesto or a store bought pesto
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- 8 ounces bowtie pasta
- 1 container bocconcini ,drained and halved
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes ,halved
- 6 Tbs. homemade pesto or store bought pesto
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and run under cold water to cool.
In serving bowl, combine cooled pasta, bocconcini, tomatoes and pesto, tossing until evenly coated.
Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Makes 8 cups
Season to taste recommendation: I used ½ tsp. kosher salt and ¼ tsp. pepper and it was a perfect balance of flavors!
Make it a main dish! Make it a meal, serving four, and top with cooked chicken, beef or shrimp. It will be a delicious summer main dish too!