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overhead view of a large bowl full of pearl mozzarella, pasta, fresh shredded basil, and quartered cherry tomatoes covered in balsamic dressing
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5 from 4 votes

Caprese Pasta Salad

This simple Caprese Pasta Salad is four ingredients plus a homemade balsamic dressing. It is perfect for family gatherings or picnics!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cold pasta salad, pasta salad recipe, side dish recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 1 pound pasta I used Radiatori
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes cut small (a 10.5 ounce container)
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil shredded

Dressing (or about 1 cup store bought Balsamic Dressing)

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions, adding salt to the water.  Drain and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process and cool the noodles.
  • In a large bowl combine the noodles, mozzarella pearls, tomatoes and basil.
  • In a small measuring cup, whisk together the ingredients for the salad dressing. Pour over the pasta salad and toss to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g