Caprese Pasta Salad


Eggless Gluten Free High Altitude Lunch & Dinner No Seed Oils Salads | Published March 28, 2022 by Mimi Council

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This Caprese Pasta Salad only takes a few simple ingredients and you have a delicious and healthy lunch or dinner. Organic noodles, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil and a few spices are all you need!

If you love making easy pasta dishes, try my Healthy Ranch Pasta Salad, Italian Pasta Salad, or Baked Feta Broccoli Pasta with Lemon.

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What is a Caprese Pasta Salad?

A Caprese Salad is a simple Italian dish made of just three ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. It is typically drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper.

This simple trio of ingredients is just so good! So I've just taken the basic Caprese Salad, and added pasta and a few more spices along with Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil so you can actually eat this for a meal. If you want more protein, you can add in chicken or summer sausage, which is something I do often as I do like to have more protein! I love Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil it's one of my faves, and I buy it all the time. I also love their bottles (which is kinda silly, I know) but it actually makes it seem really fancy even though this olive oil is very reasonably priced. Delaney and I always joke that we're suckers for good branding, but hey — we own a design agency, how can we not be?!

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This homemade Caprese Pasta Salad recipe is perfect to make for lunch, dinner, and especially for upcoming spring and summer BBQs as it makes an amazing side dish as well. It's also a great recipe to prep ahead of time, as you can easily store it in the fridge until ready to serve.

I love making cold pasta dishes in the summertime. This easy Caprese Pasta Salad is one of those classic recipes that you can make anytime! This Caprese Pasta Salad starts with organic noodles, mozzarella, tomato, and basil. I use a few simple spices along with my favorite Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

I created this recipe with my friends at Carapelli, using their Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and I love their olive oil for many reasons. But first, look at the bottle. This has such a high quality olive oil feel to it, but it's very affordable and it's an oil that you can use in everything from cold dishes, hot dishes, and even baking!

I love their spout as it's so incredibly easy to pour from, especially when using for salads, such as this. Carapelli is a true Italian olive oil and they are based in Italy. They care about the time and craft that goes into creating olive oil, along with sustainability, which is why I love partnering with them because this is an oil I purchase all the time!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Simple: This homemade Caprese Pasta Salad is incredibly simple to make. It only requires a few ingredients, has minimal cook time, and comes together quickly and easily.

Easy Dinner: Make this homemade Caprese Pasta Salad into an easy dinner by adding protein like chicken, sausage, or even steak.

Healthy: I love dishes that are healthy-ish! This one checks all the boxes, it has organic ingredients, veggies, carbs, and good fats from the extra virgin olive oil. While this isn't gluten free, it is definitely a healthy side or meal that you can feel good about enjoying.

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Ingredients

Organic Gemelli Noodles

Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Organic Valley Mozzarella

Organic Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Organic Basil

Frontier Co-Op Organic Garlic Powder

Frontier Co-Op Organic Oregano

Organic Balsamic Vinegar

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Frontier Co-Op Organic Black Pepper

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Tools Needed

3-Quart Pot

Mixing Bowl

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Cook the noodles by following the directions on the box. Allow to cool completely and set aside. (I will usually make the noodles the night before, store in a air tight container in the fridge until ready to use).

Step 2

To make the dressing: In a small bowl, add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, fine sea salt, and pepper and whisk together. Set aside.

Step 3

To assemble the salad: In a large bowl, add the cooled noodles. Half or quarter the cherry tomatoes, depending on their size. Cube the mozzarella. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, and chopped basil into the bowl with the noodles. Pour all the dressing over the top, and toss to coat completely.

caprese pasta salad with olive oil bottle
caprese pasta salad in a bowl
caprese pasta salad in a bowl

FAQ's

Can I make this gluten free?

Yes, just use your favorite gluten free pasta.

Can I add protein?

Yes, chicken, Italian sausage, or even summer sausage are all delicious with this recipe!

How should I store this?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Caprese Pasta Salad

Mimi Council
Caprese Pasta Salad is a simple pasta salad made with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Add chicken, salami, or sausage to add more protein and make this a meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Makes 6 servings
Calories 574 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 1 pound Gemelli noodles
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ounces mozzarella
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (chopped)

Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Cook the noodles by following the directions on the box. Allow to cool completely and set aside. (I will usually make the noodles the night before, store in a air tight container in the fridge until ready to use).
  • To make the dressing: In a small bowl, add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, fine sea salt, and pepper and whisk together. Set aside.
  • To assemble the salad: In a large bowl, add the cooled noodles.
  • Half or quarter the cherry tomatoes, depending on their size. Cube the mozzarella. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, and chopped basil into the bowl with the noodles.
  • Pour all the dressing over the top, and toss to coat completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 574kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 19gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 349mgPotassium: 385mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 697IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 222mgIron: 2mg
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