Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

by jerseygirl on May 31, 2011 · 13 comments

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. It has been over ninety degrees in NJ and summer is here with a heat wave. Today I organized a teacher appreciation luncheon at my son’s school and had to make a pasta salad for 60 people. I picked a pasta salad that was perfect for the warm weather. This pasta is good cold or at room temperature. It is so easy that even a lazy person can make it. I used pesto right from the jar however you can make your own if you are really motivated. Some time this summer when my garden is filled with basil, I might just do that. But for now, I threw the jar away and didn’t tell anyone it wasn’t homemade. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you are feeding a crowd. It is the perfect dish to have at your next barbecue. I know I will be relying on it all summer long.

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Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

1 (16 oz) box of bow tie pasta
4 oz pesto sauce (1/2 of a jar)
1 pint grape tomatoes
12 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed into 1 inch pieces
a splash of olive oil
a splash of balsamic vinegar
a splash of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions in a large pot of salted water. Rinse with cool water in a colander when cooked. Mix in pesto sauce, grape tomatoes and cheese. Add a splash of oil and vinegar so that the pasta salad is moist. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well and chill for two hours before serving. Makes 6 main course servings but serves up to 12 as a side dish.

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Stacey Snacks May 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Looks delish!

teresa June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

gorgeous! i'm in love with this salad!

Leslie June 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

What a fresh and delicious pasta! Love it Lisa

Sippity Sup June 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Colorful and delicious! GREG

Cookin' Canuck June 2, 2011 at 12:03 am

This is the kind of pasta salad I could eat all day. Love it!

Patsyk June 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

Looks fantastic! I love pasta salads like this… they are so refreshing!

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme June 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

I love pasta salads and I haven't made one in quite a long time. Sounds like a good choice for dinner tonight!

Charlie @ SweetSaltySpicy June 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This pasta salad looks amazing! I love anything with pesto ;).

That Girl June 4, 2011 at 1:44 am

Pasta salad is a great meal for a crowd.

Aggie June 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

perfect summer pasta salad! I love the pesto part! So easy to put together!

Ramona June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

A great looking pasta salad.

Cu June 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

My favorite combo of flavors. It just screams summer!

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