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Caprese Pasta Salad

This Caprese pasta salad is the perfect spring and summer dish! It's light and refreshing, and it's packed with flavor. This pasta salad is ideal for simple entertaining with limited hands-on prep time.
Course Side Dish, Vegetarian Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 400kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe balsamic vinaigrette
  • 16 ounces cavatappi pasta
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 pound mini mozzarella balls
  • cup pitted and chopped kalamata olives
  • cup fresh basil sliced thin
  • Flakey salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Make the balsamic vinaigrette according to the recipe.
  • Cook the cavatappi according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Drain again.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add the tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and kalamata olives.
  • Toss with the desired amount of dressing.
  • Serve at room temperature, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Top with fresh basil, flakey salt,l and freshly ground black pepper just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 1mg