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Caprese Pasta Salad

This Caprese Pasta Salad is the BEST! It’s loaded with fresh seasonal ingredients and sure to be a HIT at your next Summer BBQ! 

Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword caprese pasta salad, easy pasta dish, easy pasta salad, easy pasta side, pasta salad recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 people


  • 16 oz Cavatappi pasta (or rotini or penne pasta)
  • 8 oz mozzarella balls (or pearls)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • fresh basil, minced (I did about 6 large leaves) - save some for garnish also
  • 2-3 tbsp of balsamic glaze (homemade or store-bought, see NOTES for recipe I used)
  • salt and garlic powder to taste
  • splash of olive oil


  1. If you are making your own balsamic glaze, go ahead and do that now so it can be cooling. See notes below for recipe I used.

  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions - drain and then pour it into a LARGE mixing bowl.

  3. Slice the cherry tomatoes and add to the mixing bowl. Add the mozzarella pearls and the chopped basil.

  4. Lastly, drizzle a generous amount of the balsamic glaze on top - about 2-3 tbsp depending on how much you want.

  5. Mix all of this together using large utensils. Add a generous pinch of salt, a dash of olive oil and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Mix together and taste - adjust seasoning if needed (i.e. add more balsamic glaze, more salt, more oil, more garlic powder to your liking)

  6. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to let it chill.

  7. When serving, I like to add fresh basil leaves as well as an extra drizzle of the balsamic glaze on top. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Balsamic Glaze Recipe that I used (can be found in the blog post as well or just by googling "homemade balsamic glaze")