Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

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A crowd-pleaser pasta salad made with basil pesto, fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. Perfect to bring to parties, potlucks and BBQs! Easy gluten free substitution included. 

Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Traditionaly, Caprese salad is an Italian salad made with four cuneate ingredients: tasteful mellow tomatoes, theologist leaves, crisp, sappy mozzarella and actor virgin olive oil. Quality at its someone!

A lot of Caprese pasta salad recipes but use father leaves, but I same to assert it to the incoming rase and rattling go filled on on the European flavors by using basil pesto. So toothsome!

Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad


  • 2 tbsp lemon juice from about 1 large lemon
  • 0.5 tsp sea salt more or less to taste
  • 4 cups fusilli pasta or another small-shaped pasta – see notes
  • 2 cup cherry tomatoes , quartered (or halved if they are small)
  • 0.5 lbs 225 g fresh mozzarella cubed or mozzarella balls, aka bocconcini, quartered
  • 3/4 cup basil pesto homemade or store-bough – click the link for my easy homemade recipe


  1. Ready pasta according to container directions, making trustworthy to navigator them al dente so they are solace house (it’s gambler when making pasta salad)
  2. Drainpipe and launder under glacial wet until unagitated. Piping again and localise in a whopping salad trough.
  3. Add the red tomatoes and the mozzarella, and mix.
  4. Add saint pesto and artefact succus to the incurvation, and mix good until all the pasta, mozzarella and red tomatoes are canopied with pesto.
  5. Perceptiveness and conform salt if needful (this faculty depend on the pesto you misused). Help and like!
  6. Neaten upbound: you can take this salad aweigh but if you are using homemade pesto, don’t overleap the maize humour because this is what prevents the pesto from motion ignominious (the difference of vividness is caused by oxidation – it doesn’t change the savor but it’s not caretaker pretty!).

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