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Made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil; and tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette, this Caprese Pasta Salad recipe makes the perfect summer side dish. It is quick and easy to make, and great for barbecues, potlucks, or an easy summer lunch.
Now that summer has finally arrived I am craving light and fresh recipes, like this amazing caprese pasta salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.
I am a fan of caprese-anything. The combination of fresh mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, sweet basil, and balsamic is simply amazing. That is why this past weekend I decided to whip up a batch of caprese pasta salad using delicious Stella® Fresh Mozzarella Cheese.
Stella Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
The milky flavor and soft, delicate texture of Stella Fresh Mozzarella are reminiscent of the fresh mozzarella handmade in the Italian countryside. They make is easy to bring a touch of old world charm to the table.
From salads to pizzas, Stella Fresh Mozzarella is my go-to cheese for all my summer recipes.
Learn more about Stella cheeses here.
Caprese Pasta Salad Ingredients
I would recommend that you prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook your pasta.
Cut your Stella Fresh Mozzarella into bite-sized pieces, chop your basil, and slice your tomatoes. This way you will be all ready to assemble your caprese pasta salad when your pasta is ready.
Put on the pasta, and now while the pasta cooks you can go ahead and make your balsamic vinaigrette.
Once the pasta is cooked and rinsed you can simple combine all the indergrents and your pasta salad will be ready to serve.
I hope that you and your family enjoy this easy caprese pasta salad recipe.
For the Salad:
- 1 lb dry pasta (we used Rotini)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 8 oz Stella Fresh Mozzarella, cut into bite-sized cubes
- 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- Prepare pasta al dente according to the instructions on package. Drain, rinse with cool water, and place into serving bowl.
- Mix extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Pour vinaigrette over pasta. Toss to coat.
- Fold in tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 168mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 13g
What are your favorite ways to use fresh mozzarella cheese?
Share your favorite fresh mozzarella recipe with us in the comments below.
I would love more fresh mozz recipes to try this summer!
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