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pasta salad with tomatoes and mozzarella in round bowl with fresh basil leaves and pesto
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Caprese Pasta Salad

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Caprese pasta salad, summer pasta salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Gwynn Galvin


  • 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!


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 719IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg