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caprese pasta salad with pesto

Caprese Pasta Salad

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Caprese Pasta Salad is not just for the hot summer months. Make this refreshing Italian-inspired dish all-year-round with this easy-to-follow recipe!

Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Caprese Pasta Salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 730 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Pesto:
  • 6 cups fresh basil leaves tems removed
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Pasta Salad:
  • 12 ounces bow tie pasta measured dry and cooked per package directions and drained
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1 cup basil pesto
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 3 cups small mozzarella pearls halved
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
Ganish:
  • Basil Leaves

Instructions

Pesto:
  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor, except olive oil and cheese, and finely mince.
  2. Reduce speed to low, and little by little add the olive oil, blend until smooth.
  3. Add the parmesan cheese, and pulse to combine.
  4. Scoop into a small airtight container use it immediately or cover and refrigerate.
Salad:
  1. After cooking the pasta, run it under cold water and drain it very well. Add it to a large salad bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Toss to combine.
  3. Garnish with basil and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Caprese Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 730 Calories from Fat 837
% Daily Value*
Fat 93g143%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 516mg22%
Potassium 517mg15%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 2561IU51%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 376mg38%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.