Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe - Potluck Salads

Caprese Pasta Salad

This Caprese Pasta Salad has a classic combination of fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese, tied together with a simple vinaigrette. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword caprese pasta salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 512kcal


  • 1 lb bowtie pasta
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp good quality vinegar (apple cider, sherry, or balsamic)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • black pepper freshly ground
  • 25 large basil leaves chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 16 oz fresh mozzarella cieligini*


  • Bring a big pot of water to a boil, then salt it generously, with a few tablespoons of salt. Taste the water to make sure it tastes like seawater.
  • Cook your pasta to al dente per package instructions, then drain and rinse the pasta.
  • In a large bowl, whisk to combine the vinegar, mustard, garlic, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add the basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, and pasta to the bowl, and toss well. Make your final seasoning adjustments and serve. Enjoy!


*I buy marinated ciliegini, for extra flavor!


Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 1.2mg