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Caprese Pasta Salad

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps


Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 8 mins
Yield Serves: 8
Mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil make up this fresh Caprese Pasta Salad.


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 recipe Basic Vinaigrette
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (about 1 lb.)
  • 1/3 cup pitted, chopped kalamata olives
  • 1 pound short pasta such as cavatappi or penne
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves or baby arugula
  • 1 pound mozzarella balls, quartered if large or halved if small
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan

Nutrition Information

  • calories 498
  • fat 24 g
  • satfat 7 g
  • protein 20 g
  • carbohydrate 47 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 30 mg
  • sodium 512 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Mix vinaigrette in a large bowl. Whisk in shallot, garlic, tomatoes and olives. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

  2. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, about 10 minutes, or as package label directs. Drain pasta and immediately add to bowl with tomato mixture. Toss gently.

  3. Add basil, mozzarella and Parmesan to bowl with pasta mixture and lightly toss again. Season salad with salt and pepper and serve right away, or cover and refrigerate to serve cold.