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Caprese Pasta Salad

close up overhead shot of Caprese pasta salad topped with balsamic glaze and basil in a bowl
Enjoy all of the freshness of summer with our simple Caprese pasta salad. This easy recipe will come together quickly for your next summer BBQ.
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 385 kcal


Pasta Salad

  • 12 ounces Bow-tie pasta cooked and drained
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella pearls (mini mozzarella balls)
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half (1 ½ pints)
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil chopped and divided

Balsamic Dressing

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic grated (about 2 cloves)
  • 0.6 ounce Italian season dressing mix

Balsamic Glaze (for garnish)

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey


  • In a small mixing bowl or a pint-size mason jar, combine all the ingredients for the balsamic dressing. Mix well and place in the refrigerator to chill while preparing the rest of the pasta salad.
  • Cook pasta for 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and place cooked pasta into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In the large mixing bowl with the cooked pasta, add the halved grape tomatoes, a package of mozzarella pearls, fresh chopped basil (reserving some of the basil for garnish), and ½ cup of the prepared balsamic dressing.
  • Mix all the pasta salad ingredients together, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • While the pasta salad is chilling, make the balsamic glaze for the garnish by combining the balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the mixture reduces by half. Transfer the glaze to a glass jar and allow it to cool completely before drizzling it on the pasta salad just prior to serving.
  • Garnish the chilled pasta salad with the reserved chopped basil and the balsamic glaze.


Calories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 12gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 411mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 555IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 1mg