Light and Fresh Caprese Pasta Salad
If you’re looking for a delightful and refreshing dish that screams summer, our Light and Fresh Caprese Pasta Salad is the perfect choice. This recipe combines the classic flavors of a Caprese salad with al dente pasta, creating a harmonious symphony of tastes and textures that will leave your taste buds dancing.
- 8 ounces of fusilli pasta
- 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 1/2 cups of fresh mozzarella balls
- 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, torn
- 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the fusilli pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, and torn basil leaves.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the dressing over the pasta and toss gently to coat all the ingredients.
- Cover and refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- Before serving, give the salad a final toss and garnish with additional fresh basil leaves if desired.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
This Light and Fresh Caprese Pasta Salad is the epitome of summer on a plate. With its vibrant colors and harmonious flavors, it’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a quick weeknight dinner. The combination of juicy cherry tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil is simply irresistible. The dressing, with its zesty balsamic kick, ties everything together beautifully. Whether you’re enjoying it as a side dish or a main course, this pasta salad will leave you craving for more. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time savoring the season.
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 350, Fat: 19g, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 13g
Our Light and Fresh Caprese Pasta Salad is a celebration of summer’s bounty, and it’s sure to become a staple in your recipe repertoire. The vibrant colors, fresh ingredients, and delicious flavors make it a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Whether you’re serving it at a family barbecue, a picnic in the park, or a simple weeknight dinner, this pasta salad will transport your taste buds to a sunny Italian garden. So, grab your ingredients and give it a try—you won’t be disappointed!