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5 from 12 votes

Caprese Pasta Salad

This caprese pasta salad only needs a few ingredients, yet is super tasty. Made with fresh mozzarella cheese and juicy tomatoes, this pasta salad is an ideal side dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 536kcal


  • 1 lb bow tie pasta
  • 1 ½ cups fresh mozzarella cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cup cherry tomatoes cut in halves
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup basil pesto homemade or store bought


  • Cook bow tie pasta according to the packaging. Rinse with cold water and drizzle with a little olive oil. Stir well to prevent sticking. Place the cooked pasta in a large bowl.
  • Add the mozzarella and tomatoes to the pasta.
  • Chop the basil leaves and add them to the pasta salad.
  • Mix the ingredients gently using a spoon.
  • Add the olive oil, garlic and pesto to the salad. Mix well.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve cold.



  1. You can use any kind of pasta you have at hand such as penne, rigatoni, or macaroni. 
  2. You can add more or less mozzarella. You can also use mozzarella pearls for this recipe.
  3. Add more pesto if you like your caprese pasta salad to have a stronger flavor. 
  4. Leave out pesto and add balsamic vinaigrette (balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt and pepper) if you're not a pesto fan. 
  5. Add a couple of tablespoons olive oil to the salad if it looks dry. 


Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 2mg