Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese Pasta Salad: fresh ripe tomatoes, fresh little balls of mozzarella cheese and of course, basil. But I change the dressing.

I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve changed this recipe a little bit over the years.

It’s still the same flavors; fresh ripe tomatoes, fresh little balls of mozzarella cheese and of course, basil. But I change the dressing.

Originally, it had this thin vinaigrette you’d pour over it, but you’d end up with a lot of it left over or at the bottom of the bowl. So not cool. That always did kind of bug me. Since starting my blog I’ve discovered the magic that happens when you make a vinaigrette in a food processor or high speed blender. The end result? A creamy luscious dressing that covers salad like ranch dressing does but minus any dairy. Like zilch. Why didn’t I use this instead when I first made this salad? I have no idea. But I do have a separate post for my house balsamic vinaigrette and you can see the process unfold and nab the recipe here.

So I swapped out that old balsamic vinaigrette and sub’d in my favorite creamy yet cream-less house balsamic dressing ever. I fell in love with how it clings to the pasta, mozz and tomatoes like a dream and that it still had the perfect flavor to compliment all of the ingredients. And it definitely doesn’t sink to the bottom of the bowl. Score!

So the other day I decided to redo my caprese pasta salad. New photos, updated recipe and new blog post. Sometimes a recipe needs a make over, ya know? And to print or check out the new and improve Caprese Pasta Salad recipe just click on over to here. I think you’ll love the new recipe!

Enjoy! And if you give this Caprese Pasta Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Caprese Pasta Salad

Classic Caprese flavors in pasta salad form.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes {for the pasta}

Total Time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups dried Orecchiette Pasta, cooked as directed on the package

1 pint Grape Tomatoes, quartered

1 container Fresh Mozzarella Pearls {or 1 ball fresh mozzarella, cubed small}

1 cup Fresh Basil, sliced into ribbons

Kosher Salt and Black Pepper

FOR THE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE:

2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic, squeezed through a garlic press

1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar

3 tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions:

In a small bowl squeeze two cloves of garlic through a garlic press. Pour in balsamic vinegar and whisk. Continue to whisk while slowly, pouring in the three tablespoons of olive oil in steady stream.

Cook orecchiette pasta according to package directions. Drain and then rinse with cold water. Add the cold pasta to a bowl along with the quartered tomatoes, fresh mozzarella pearls and basil ribbons.

Season with kosher salt and black pepper and drizzle with desired amount of the balsamic vinaigrette. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste preference before serving!

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