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Caprese Pasta Salad

Labor Day weekend has come and gone.  Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer here in the USA, and sure enough, our weather is a little cooler today with a temperature of 54°F.

I usually would have grilled steaks or burgers for a Labor Day dinner.  But since there was no family gathering due to the pandemic, I made this Caprese Pasta Salad for a simple and easy dinner.

This Caprese Pasta Salad combines the flavors of a classic Caprese salad with the addition of pasta.  The Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil seasoned with salt and olive oil.

This salad is a nice change from all of the pasta salads that have mayonnaise in the dressing.  It has plenty of freshness in it with the  fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and a delicious balsamic vinegar dressing.  It is also quick and easy to make.

I was gifted a bottle of olive oil (Tuscan Herb Oil flavor) from The Olive Mill in Saugatuck, Mi.  The Tuscan Herb Oil flavor is a wonderful mix of  olive oil, oregano, garlic. and basil.  I used some of that olive oil in the vinaigrette dressing for one of the salads I made.

The dressing can be easily doubled if you prefer more dressing for the pasta.

Caprese Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1- 12 ounce box tri-color Rotini pasta

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon seasoned black pepper
1/4 teaspoon seasoned garlic powder

1 pint (about 1 cup) multicolored cherry tomatoes), halved
1 cup of fresh mozzarella cheese pearls (drained if packed in water)

1/8 cup chopped fresh basil

Cook Rotini pasta according to the package directions.  Drain pasta in a collander and rinse with cold water.  Transfer to a large serving bowl.  Set aside while making the dressing.

In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to combine.

Add the  cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese pearls, and basil to the Rotini.  Pour the dressing over pasta and toss to combine.  Serve immediately.  Store leftovers in a covered container in refrigerator.  

Notes:
1.  You can substitute the mozzarella cheese pearls  with bocconcini or fresh mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes.
2.  I used white balsamic vinegar instead of the regular dark balsamic vinegar.  Here is an interesting article from Old Town Olive about the difference between white and dark balsamic vinegar.

Below are some early morning visitors that came by this morning as I was working on this blog post: a mama deer and her two young ones.  Be safe everyone.

Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

This Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad is a take on the classic Caprese salad.  The Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil seasoned with salt and olive oil.   In Italy it is known as Insalata Caprese and has it origins from the island of Capri, south of the coast of Naples.

If you can find farm fresh cherry tomatoes that will be even better for this salad.  Or perhaps you have your own vegetable garden that includes tomatoes.  I have a deck tomato planter that is producing a lot of cherry tomatoes.  Below is a picture of a few of the tomatoes from the plant and which I used in the salad.

Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoned black pepper
1/4 teaspoon seasoned garlic powder

1 pint (about 2 cups) multicolored cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup of fresh mozzarella Pearl cheese

few fresh basil leaves

In a small bowl,  whisk the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to combine.  Set aside.  Place the halved cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a serving platter.  Drizzle the dressing over the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.  Top with the basil leaves.  Serve immediately.  

 

Notes:
1.  You can substitute the mozzarella pearl cheese with bocconcini or fresh mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes.
2.  I used white balsamic vinegar instead of the regular balsamic vinegar.

Be safe everyone.  Enjoy the summer as much as one can under the circumstances.  Below is a picture of the Bee Balm in my backyard.  Flowers do help to brighten one’s day.

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