Caprese Pasta Salad

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Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant I LOVE getting a caprese salad. The fresh mozzarella and basil are my favorite part. It’s the perfect appetizer.

If I were to make a meal out of it I don’t think it would be filling enough. That’s why I decided to turn it into a pasta salad.

My husband thought I was a little crazy mixing pasta and lettuce, but I’ve seen recipes like that on Pinterest so I didn’t think it was too weird.

It turned out delicious! Even my husband said it was really good. Plus it was easy to make.

I decided to use bow tie pasta. I cooked it according to the directions on the box.

While the pasta was cooking I started chopping up the veggies. I did 3 cups of lettuce, 1/2 of a red onion and 1/4 cup of fresh basil.

I bought fresh mozzarella balls (the small ones) and I cut 10 of them into four pieces each.

There are also cherry tomatoes, which I left whole, but you could also cut them in half.

I used 1/2 cup of balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing. That’s it! As far as putting it all together, I just mixed all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.

I think it’s a delicious summer salad!

Caprese Pasta Salad

A delicious salad recipe that’s perfect by itself, or as a side dish.
Course: Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry bow tie pasta
  • 3 cups lettuce
  • 10 (small) fresh mozzarella cheese balls
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

Instructions

  • Cook noodles according to the directions on the box, then drain. 
  • While the noodles cook, chop the lettuce, red onion, basil and fresh mozzarella.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, including the balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 
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