This recipe was inspired by my oldest sister Dana. She called me recently and suggested I make caprese salad combined with pasta and since I am a dutiful younger sister I complied. I decided to dress the pasta salad with a simple white balsamic vinaigrette and it turned out fantastic! I really loved the fresh basil, combined with the creamy cheese, sweet tomatoes, soft pasta, and tangy vinaigrette. My whole family enjoyed this dish, especially my son who had 3 servings. I served this pasta salad with Basil Marinated Chicken Thighs and they paired nicely together. Thanks for the inspiration, Dana!
How to Make a Caprese Pasta Salad with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette:
- 8 oz gemelli pasta, cooked per instructions
- A handful of grape tomatoes
- Mozzarella cheese, diced into small cubes
- Fresh basil, chiffonade
Cook the pasta in well-salted water per instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water until the pasta is cool. Place the pasta into a serving bowl then add the grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese cubes, and fresh basil.
White Balsamic Vinaigrette:
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp of sugar
- 1 clove of garlic, minced finely
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Combine all the ingredients together with a whisk until well combined. Taste, add more vinegar, sugar, sea salt, or pepper if desired.
Pour the vinaigrette over the pasta salad and mix until coated evenly. Serve and enjoy!
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