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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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
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!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 29, 2014

It was fantastic! Didn't change a thing.

 

14 Ratings

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.

 
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.

 
May 16, 2014

It was very tasting. I will make again but this time about half the garlic and salt it ask for.

 
Jul 10, 2014

Very good! I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't have fresh basil so I used dried. I'm sure it would be even yummier with fresh! Will be making this again.

 
Jun 30, 2014

Qucik and easy just used healthier noodels the husband loved it.

 
Jun 19, 2014

This was good but was missing something. I think I would use fresh minced garlic if I make it again. It's good but tasted like store bought. And yes, it's very salty once you make the mixture. I made a day ahead of my bbq and when I served it, the salt was not an issue. It needs to meld for awhile.

 

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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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