Caprese Pasta Salad

Summer is prime pasta salad season. This Italian-esque pasta salad combines everything I love (minus bread): garlic, tomatoes, and cheese. Oof. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to make. I’m not about these 17 step recipes that require me to do things in the kitchen I’m not comfortable with. Baby steps.



Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 9-11 minutes Total time: 20-25 minutes Servings: About 6


  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces of uncooked pasta
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes
  • 1 ball of fresh mozzarella
  • 1 cup of ribboned basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup of balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil


  1. Push two cloves of garlic through a press and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Put water on for the pasta and cook following the directions on the box.
  3. While your water is heating and your pasta is cooking, cut your tomatoes into fourths, dice your mozzarella, and cut your Basil into ribbons.
  4. In a small bowl, combine garlic, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Whisk together.
  5. Once your pasta is cooked, rinse with cold water and place in a large bowl.
  6. Combine pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and vinaigrette mixture. Mix well.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Simply Scratch

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