This Caprese Pasta salad loaded with all your favorites from a tradition pasta salad plus perfectly cooked and chilled pasta plus the crunch of pine nuts. This salad is always a hit at big family gatherings.
We had a cookout up in the canyon, and I brought this Caprese Pasta salad and it was so good! It’s always a good sign when nothing is left in the bowl when it’s time to go home.
If you have a bunch of cherry or grape tomatoes to put to good use, this is the salad. I love a classic and simple caprese salad, you just can’t beat it. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, this salad makes a great side for a BBQ, picnic or cookout.
Here’s the basic recipe, ingredient measurements are not exact:
Caprese Pasta Salad
- one package Penne Pasta cooked al dente and chilled
- one half the bottle of your favorite balsamic salad dressing
- one package Parmesan Cheese grated
- one cup pine nuts
- two cups cherry or grape tomatoes halved
- one cup basil leaves sliced thin, chiffonade style
Have all ingredients chilled ready to go in a big bowl. Shake the dressing and toss the salad with one half of the bottle of the balsamic salad dressing.
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This is the type of balsamic dressing we used, and it tasted so good with this salad!
This salad is great for a big group. Garden fresh tomatoes and basil will make this salad! It’s so good, I hope you enjoy!