This caprese pasta salad is the ideal low-hassle side dish that still tastes gourmet. Homemade balsamic glaze (or store-bought!) is drizzled over sliced baby heirloom tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, bite-sized mozzarella, and a pasta of your choice.

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Caprese Pasta Salad! This caprese pasta salad is the ideal low-hassle side dish that still tastes gourmet. Homemade balsamic glaze (or store-bought!) is drizzled over sliced baby heirloom tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, bite-sized mozzarella, and a pasta of your choice. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Caprese Pasta Salad

After living in Phoenix for more than ten years, I’m always on the hunt for anything to help keep us cool – drinks, desserts, ice packs, cruises to Antarctica, you name it. If something is served cooler than body temperature then I’m all over it.

Another glorious addition to that keeping-things-cool list?

Pasta salad.

They’re like my anthem every summer and go-to side dish for the more “moderate” times (or in other words, “every other season but summer.”)

So to top off what has been a fairly stressful week, I whipped up what could possibly be the most no-hassle-yet-flavorful pasta salad I could think of:

Caprese pasta salad.

Because, yes, I totally want to drizzle tangy balsamic glaze over baby heirloom tomatoes, cubes of mozzarella, and chilled pasta.

Who wouldn’t?!

An easy caprese pasta salad recipe for summer parties.

Now, if you happen to love caprese as much as I do, be warned: the real trick with the recipe is making sure you have some left over after taste-testing.

Because while this recipe may be simple, that’s also exactly why it’s so good. It’s classic caprese at it’s finest with a little pasta to join the party.

What is caprese?

Traditional caprese (pronounced “ka-prey-zey”) is made with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. Balsamic glaze is a common addition, and it’s sometimes served with prosciutto.

For this recipe, the classic caprese trio remains the same but is also joined by mostaccioli pasta. You can use any type of pasta that you’d like, but I’d recommend not using a “noodle-like” pasta. This recipe will work best with a pasta that’s bite-sized, like penne or bow-tie, especially when serving it at a party.

Caprese with penne pasta and topped with a homemade balsamic glaze.

How many calories are in caprese pasta salad?

Calorie counts can be subjective, especially since these numbers will change depending on the brand of pasta or what brand of balsamic you use (whether you’re making it from scratch or you buy the glaze).

To give you an idea, this recipe makes four servings, and the estimation is that each serving will be 586 calories.

However, please keep in mind that I’m not a nutritionist and these are just an estimate. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with your favorite nutrition calculator.

What to serve with caprese pasta salad?

This type of pasta dish is typically served as a side, and you might be wondering what main dishes you could serve with it. Here are a few suggestions:

Grilled or marinated meats, such as:

Brothy vegetable soups, such as:

Strong vegetable dishes, such as:

Notes & tips for this caprese pasta salad

  • This recipe has instructions for making a homemade balsamic reduction, but you could easily use store-bought balsamic glaze instead.

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A caprese pasta salad that's about 586 calories per serving.This post was originally posted on July 15th, 2015. It was updated on February 5th, 2018.

Recipe Details

Caprese Pasta Salad! This caprese pasta salad is the ideal low-hassle side dish that still tastes gourmet. Homemade balsamic glaze (or store-bought!) is drizzled over sliced baby heirloom tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, bite-sized mozzarella, and a pasta of your choice. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.5 from 4 votes

Caprese Pasta Salad

5 mins prep + 10 mins cook
586 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
This caprese pasta salad is the ideal low-hassle side dish that still tastes gourmet. Homemade balsamic glaze (or store-bought!) is drizzled over sliced baby heirloom tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, bite-sized mozzarella, and a pasta of your choice.

Ingredients 

Balsamic Glaze
Caprese Pasta Salad
  • 1 lb pasta, any bite-sized type (I used mostaccioli)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste
  • 1 cup tomato, any type, cut in half (I used baby heirlooms)
  • 4 ounce mozzarella ball, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped

Instructions

For the Blsamic Glaze
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to boil. Reduce heat and let balsamic simmer for at least 20 minutes or until vinegar has reduced by 1/2. Use a spoon to test the glaze - it should leave a film on the back of the spoon when ready. Glaze will thicken more once removed from heat.
  • Place glaze in the refrigerator until ready to use. If glaze thickens too much while resting, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of water at a time until desired consistency is reached.
For the Caprese Pasta Salad
  • In a large saucepan, cook noodles in salted water per package directions. Drain and immediately rise the pasta with ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Let pasta sit in a strainer for a few minutes to remove any excess water.
  • Place cooled pasta in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add in cut tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, then gently toss to combine so that ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Serve immediately, drizzling prepared balsamic glaze on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 469IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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15 comments

    • Danielle
    • 5 stars

    Fresh, simple and delicious! I love it. If I can put a balsamic glaze on something, I’m def going to do it! I love a good pasta salad. And cheese of course…

    • Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog

    This is truly gorgeous!

    • Thank you Regan! And thanks for stopping by! 😀

    • Nibbles By Nic

    Omg! Poor thing dealing with this crazy heat but boy does that salad look just fantastic and the balsamic glaze is the ideal finish. I don’t think I’d be able to control myself either!!! Xo Nic

    • Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

    You had me a “caprese”. I make so many recipes with versions of these flavors you’d think I was going to turn into a tomato at some point. There is a reason dishes like this remain so popular though–the flavors just WORK. In fact, maybe I’ll do this for lunch in about 10 minutes… :o)

    • I know, right? I love that the caprese style even works with fruits. So many possibilities!

    • Amy Basso | Amy’s Apron

    That drizzle looks fantastic!

    • Thank you Amy! Balsamic is additive, I think 😀

    • Julia

    What a great pasta salad! I love how simple this is to make. Beautiful pictures too!

    • Kaitie

    Easy and delicious! I love pasta salads and this one is definitely no exception!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Marye

    This pasta salad sounds amazing! I love how colorful it is.