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Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

This Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad is the traditional Caprese salad in pasta form! Pasta, tomatoes, basil, and tomatoes! This  is so fresh and the perfect side dish for BBQs and potluck!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 3 cups dry orecchiette pasta, or other small pasta (or 4 1/2 cups cooked pasta)
  • 1/3 cup pesto, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups small pearlini fresh mozzarella balls (or ciliegine cut in half)
  • 6 leaves fresh basil leaves, finely shredded
  • (optional) balsamic glaze


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the pasta at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain and cool.
  2. Mix pesto, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. You can add more balsamic to taste but it will start to change the color of the dressing unless you are using white balsamic vinegar.

  3. Add pasta and toss to coat. Fold in tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.

  4. Chill in the fridge until ready to eat. Drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired.

Recipe Notes

Source: slightly adapted from Allrecipes