Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

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"The traditional Caprese salad is modified to pasta form. The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella, if you use the brick style, it will not be the same. If you can't find the pearlini mozzarella, use the cieglini and cut it in half. Regular rotini pasta can be used but the cooking time will be different."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins
  • READY IN

    20 mins

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. Mix pesto, olive oil, salt, granulated garlic, and black pepper in a bowl; add rotini. Toss to coat. Fold in tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
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Nov 05, 2013

Yum, Yum, Yum – we thoroughly enjoyed this pasta salad made with tomatoes and basil from our garden. I mixed this up in the morning to give the flavors time to marry, with the exception of the basil. I added the basil about 30 minutes before serving so that it would be fresh. This is an outstanding salad with lots of flavor. It will be repeated in our house. Thank you, blondeprincess, for sharing your recipe!

 
Apr 19, 2015

4/15 awesome i loved this. made and cooled pasta, added the pesto mixed with the oil and garlic like recipe said. i followed the recipe except added grilled chicken breast cubed and some black olives. alot of tomato and alot of mozz cubes. this was really good. make for a bbq as a side, yum! used trader joes pesto.

 
Aug 02, 2014

This was pretty good. Due to a tomato allergy, I subbed steamed broccoli florets for the grape tomatoes, and I added some sliced black olives to add another dimension. Instead of the mozzarella pearls, I subbed a block of fresh marinated mozzarella instead, and I sliced it into 1/4" chunks. Since other reviewers said it was bland or lacking something, I added some fresh mushrooms I'd cooked in EVOO and balsamic vinegar, and they had a little tang which greatly improved the salad as a side dish.

 
Apr 13, 2014

Very good pasta salad. Easy to make and I like the fact that the dressing is made fresh and not from a bottle.

 
Jun 08, 2015

Decent general recipe. For those saying it was missing something - I'd say that something is balsamic. Either mix some vinegar into the dressing, or drizzle some balsamic glaze on after the fact.

 
Jun 14, 2015

I liked it, but I did add more pesto, and garlic.

 
Jun 12, 2015

Really good. I made the pesto with basil from my garden, and I used Formaggio marinated mozzarella cheese balls from Sam's Club. They are cherry size, so I cut them in half. I added a teaspoon or so of Aleppo pepper for a little kick. Let the pasta cool a bit before adding in the cheese balls! I served this with poached salmon topped with scallion ginger sauce, a green salad, and naan. For the pasta, I used pipettes which have openings large enough for the pesto to get inside, so good! This would be a good salad to have with bbq ribs or chicken.

 
Mar 08, 2014

This is pretty good! I think it could have used a bit more flavor, or maybe another element, but overall, nice easy and goes together quick!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 169 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 6.1 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 173 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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