Caprese Pasta Salad

by Marla on September 2, 2013 · 29 comments

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Happy Monday & happy Labor Day too! Hopefully you will be relaxing & having some fun during the last long weekend of summer.

This pasta salad can be whipped together in no time at all and can be served all year long. My kids are obsessed with little mozzarella balls, small sea shell pasta and these teeny tiny tomatoes. All of which come together to create the perfect Caprese Pasta Salad!

Dig in…

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We plan on being lazy today.

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And we plan on munching on plenty of this pasta salad.

I found these teeny tiny tomatoes in Dolores, CO. On my way back from Durango. On my way home to Telluride.

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I love the small towns around here. There is so much to explore in each one!

I also love how each of these ingredients are about the same size…the tomatoes, shells and mozzarella fresco.

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I had no basil on hand, which would be traditional in a caprese salad. No worries though. Fresh cilantro was a very tasty replacement.

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Hopefully you can try this recipe soon and don’t forget to pack some in your lunchbox too!

Caprese Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Caprese Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces dry Mini Shells Pasta (around 4 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups Teeny Tiny Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella Fresca
  • 1/2 cup diced Green Onion
  • handful chopped fresh Cilantro
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper

Method

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Carefully mix in all the ingredients, adjust to your liking and season with garlic salt & pepper to taste.
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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

This salad is so colourful and lovely Marla! I can’t wait to try!

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2 Marla September 3, 2013 at 4:22 am

Thanks Katrina ~ hopefully you can try it real soon :)

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3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

My favorite salad + pasta. Love!

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4 Marla September 3, 2013 at 4:23 am

Yay! A total win – win for you Laura :)

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5 Toni | Boulder Locavore September 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

Yum Marla! Looks like a fun day at your house!

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6 Marla September 3, 2013 at 4:23 am

It was a super fun day! Lazy in the morning & then go, go go!

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7 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

Mmm caprese is one my favorite things ever, and this looks so tasty and refreshing!

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8 Marla September 3, 2013 at 4:24 am

Hi Alison, it really is a nice & light pasta salad :)

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9 Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts September 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Marla,
I’m drowning in basil over here, you’re welcome to some of mine!
That pasta salad looks adorable.
Thanks!

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10 Marla September 3, 2013 at 4:25 am

Ahhhhhhh, I with I had that problem Kirsten ;) Send some over & i’ll make you some pasta salad ;)

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11 Kathy @ Food Wine Thyme September 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Hi Marla. I made this salad for my daughter’s lunch and she absolutely loved it. Thanks so much for a great idea.

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12 Marla September 3, 2013 at 4:26 am

Hi Kathy…..OK I love how quickly you were onto whipping up this recipe. Thrilled to hear your little gal loved it :)

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13 Tieghan September 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

So pretty!! I love your big white bowl!

I also love Caprese anything, especially caprese pasta! Oh and I love the small CO town too! I have never been to Dolores though!

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14 Marla September 3, 2013 at 4:26 am

Aren’t the little towns here the BEST! Dolores is sweet & the people that live there are too :)

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15 Julie @ Table for Two September 3, 2013 at 5:25 am

yum!! looking good, Marla! I love that little tomato icon you have on the photos :) so cute!

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16 Marla September 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

Thanks for noticing Julie ~ I had fun with that!

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17 Jenny Flake September 3, 2013 at 6:19 am

This looks so amazing Marla!! Your little guy is such a cutie!

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18 Kevin (Closet Cooking) September 3, 2013 at 6:26 am

So simple and yet so good!

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19 Aimee Wimbush-Bourque September 3, 2013 at 6:35 am

This is ALL I want in my lunchbox, Marla. Still haven’t gotten enough tomatoes this summer.

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20 HeatherChristo September 3, 2013 at 7:02 am

this looks awesome Marla- I think I should make it for MY lunch!!

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21 Marla September 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

Indeed you should Heather!

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22 Sandy Coughlin September 3, 2013 at 7:33 am

I love the beauty and simplicity in Caprese salad. It never fails to please party guests!

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23 Marla September 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

Thanks so much Sandy!! I love your “entertaining with ease” style :)

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24 Marian (Sweetopia) September 3, 2013 at 8:09 am

This salad looks amazing! Glad you had a fun, lazy day before school started!

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25 Marla September 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

It truly was fun ~ today on the other hand is crazy!! ;)

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26 naomi September 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

Delicious and easy – I’m all over it!!! And yay to lazy days– sometimes they are just what’s needed.

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27 Maria September 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I want this for dinner!

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28 Gaby September 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

one of my favorite weeknight meals!

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29 Nutmeg Nanny September 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

So delicious and fresh! Caprese is one of my favorite dishes :)

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