Friday, April 24, 2009

Caprese Pasta Salad - Basil, Tomato, Mozzarella

Caprese pasta salad
Caprese Pasta Salad - ButterYum
Oh my.... this is one of the yummiest things you'll ever put in your mouth. Seriously, I could eat it every single day. It's so simple to make and requires very little skill, so there's no reason not to try it. Here's how.

First, you'll need a pound of cooked, rinsed, and drained pasta (cold). Here I'm using elbows, but any fun shape will do. I put the prepared pasta in a big bowl and start building the salad like this:


tomatoes and basilI start by chopping really ripe tomatoes, lots of them. The better the tomatoes, the better this salad will be, so use really good ones. I chop about 1/2 lb for 1 lb. of pasta.


Campari TomatoesI especially like Campari tomatoes.

The next really important ingredient is fresh mozzarella. It's really, really, really worth it to buy the fresh stuff.  You'll need about 1/2 pound, diced.


fresh basilOf course you're going to need fresh basil - it's the star of the show here, so the more the better! Use as much as you like. I honestly don't think you can add too much.

You'll also need a little vinaigrette - my favorites are light champagne vinaigrette and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, but feel free to use your favorite.  I use about 1/4 cup - just enough to lightly wet all the ingredients.


caprese saladStir it all together and season with salt and pepper (heavy on the pepper). Check the saltiness of your mozzarella first - brands differ greatly.

Caprese Pasta Salad
Printable Recipe


1 pound elbow pasta, cooked, drained, and cooled
1/2 pound diced ripe tomatoes
1/2 pound diced fresh mozzarella
1/4 cup of your favorite vinaigrette
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or more to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

Gently toss ingredients together and serve.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Note - use a serrated knife to easily cut both the tomatoes and the fresh mozzarella. 

47 comments:

  1. That salad looks delish and the colors wow!

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  2. All I can say is that is a dish of HEAVEN! Great food photos. Since I am Italian I agree that this is a delicious recipe. A wonderful spring/summer dish on a hot day to cool you. Your photo is lovely. Just wait until things bloom in your little area of the world and then you will really be smiling from all the color. It looks so pretty in your area so please continue to share recipes and photos. I hope to visit you again.
    Joyce

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  3. Love that salad, I will definitely make it soon. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. What's not to like with these ingredients?!! Your pictures are beautiful. I will have to look for that salad dressing--noticed the 1 carb.

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  5. Pasta salad is one of my top favorites and I could eat it daily as well.
    I've never heard of the thermos method for oatmeal. I have tried overnight soaking, but I must of had too much water or something. It didn't get cooked enough.
    Have a great weekend!
    Nola @ The Bloom Girls

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  6. This is a favorite in our house too! Your photography is just wonderful

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  7. You must be a super fast learner because I can't believe that salad picture! There is no way I could improve on it.

    I WILL be making this stunning salad, again and again!

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  8. Ooh! Your photos are wonderful - I love this salad! ~ Robyn

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  9. Thank you Laura, thank you Robyn!

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  10. That red barn stirs my Wisconsin roots to the core!!!!

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  11. This recipe looks delicious! I'm saving this one. Love the picture of the barn too. laurie

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  12. I love caprese pasta salad, it's one of my summer favourites.
    I live in Italy so mozzarella cheese isn't a clue to find but sometimes I use feta cheese cubes.
    I's a little bit different but good :)

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  13. Great tip Claudia. Thanks, and nice to meet you!

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  14. I'm making this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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  15. Your salad http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecookingphotographer/3546915097/

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  16. I got your link from Cooking Photographer.. i LOVE the idea of this salad, i love caprese.. and it has PASTA! :)
    Nice photos, awesome recipe!

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  17. SO basic, but always good! by italian girl!

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  18. Thanks so much for this recipe. I made it for my son's high school grad party--big hit--it was delicious!

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  19. My heart will rejoice after having this salad. I have tried this with little beans added.
    Salad is must in our meal in this blistering summer.

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  20. Hooray Wendy - I'm so glad it was a big hit for your party!

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  21. I plan to try your receipe....thank you! Looks wonderful.

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  22. how many do you think the recipe can feed?

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  23. Hi Rachel - I'd say this recipe will serve 6-8 as a side dish. Maybe 10-12 if you serve it as a first course.

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  24. I'm trying this tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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  25. I am definitely going to try this recipe for dinner tonight. I absolutely love caprese insalata so I when I saw this recipe it made me want to try it. I love pasta, so mixing this recipe sounds very interesting. So thank you for the idea, and it definitely looks very edible.

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  26. The salad looks delicious. Fresh mozzarella must be rich and creamy.

    You are another Costco fan, it seems.

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  28. I could eat every single day too. I love this kind of recipes, principally because I'm vegetarian. This one, have a great combination, with an exquisite blend of ingredients that are not heavy for the stomach, that is the most important.

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  29. YUM, YUM, YUM! I LOVE pasta salad and if it's easy that means I MUST try it because I will not have to wait until The Chef can make it for me... ;)

    Thanks for your comments on the whiskey glazed carrots from Foodie Friday. I'd love for you to link this recipe in our Star Recipes Collection (just started this week). Maybe I should have made it the "Top 3" and had people link their top 3 most popular because those #2 and 3 in your most popular posts looks soooo delicious also!! :) If you'd rather link one of those instead.... it's up to you!

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  30. Hi again! Thanks for linking up!! I had not mentioned before how much my 4-year-old son and I LOVE tomatoes. So can't wait to try this. Would love for you to link any recipe you'd like at our regular Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday parties when you can! :)

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  31. I'd like to get your permission to use one of your photos of this recipe in a post I'm going to do showcasing the Star Recipes Collection. I want to have 5-10 photos of recipes in the collection. I'm participating in a blog event Wednesday where if my blog gets selected (randomly) this post will get lots of traffic. Please let me know if I can use your picture! (I didn't see any other way to contact you about this...)

    Thank you (again)!! :)

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  32. Just got your comment... thank you! Wondered also if you would consider putting our Star Recipes button (in the sidebar or from the Star Recipes Collection page in your sidebar? I can email the code to you if that would be easier!

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  33. My kind of salad - love using my basil plant!

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  34. The salad does look yummy but the RED BARNS stole my Wisconsin heart!!!

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  35. Ooh ... that looks so good. Doesn't get much better than fresh basil! Thanks for sharing ... and making me hungry!

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  36. Your salad looks delicious, thanks for sharing. hugs ~lynne~

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  37. I am so glad you reposted this salad. I always love a good pasta salad and this looks amazing. I cannot wait to try it and the brand of vinaigrette, I think I have seen it at Fresh Market. Hopefully I'll find it. Very often when someone recommends an ingredient I drive myself crazy trying to find it???? Crazy I know. Thanks again for reposting this. I came to your blog by way of Chari's blog.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  38. Hi Patricia...

    Mmmm...your Caprese salad looks absolutely divine, my friend! I will definitely be giving your recipe a try...have already saved it to my computer! Hehe! Thank you so much for sharing your yummy recipe with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! This was such a treat!!! Oooh...and your red barn photo is soooo beautiful! What beautiful countryside!!!

    Warmest summery wishes,
    Chari

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  39. Looks really good! Refreshing dish.

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  40. I love the taste of basil! There is just something magical about it. Can't wait to try it in a pasta salad! Great recipe!

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  41. That looks so good, caprese salads are one of my all-time faves, but I haven't made one like this before. I usually just slice up some mozzarella and tomatoes and throw some olive oil and maybe a little balsamic. I always forget to buy basil for it but it tastes fine...this will taste dynamic though, can't wait to try it!

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  42. Great salad, thanks for the recipe, i don't like salads but my wife love them, but she gets pretty sad when i eat pizza and she have to eat salads haha

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  43. Can this be made ahead and refrigerated?

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    1. Absolutely! The flavors are best at room temperature so remove it from the fridge an hour or so ahead of time, stirring just before serving.

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