This gluten free caprese pasta is salad is the perfect refreshing side dish for summer barbecues, fun in the backyard, or easy afternoon. Best of all, this pasta salad is easy to make with classic caprese flavors of tomatoes and basil and a homemade balsamic dressing. Plus recipe video!
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Updated June 2020
Caprese Pasta Salad
This caprese pasta salad is super easy to make and just filled with amazing flavors. Perfect for stay-at-home potlucks, cook-outs, and other fun backyard activities, this salad consists of fresh summer ingredients.
Loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil, this easy salad is tossed with a delicious vinaigrette created with balsamic vinegar. This easy pasta salad is a definite staple at home, and if you like this recipe, then you will love our Berry Avocado Spinach Salad or Chicken Cobb Pasta Salad.
Reasons Why You Should Make This Recipe
The reasons why you should make this pasta salad recipe are limitless. This salad is great for meal prep and is created with just a handful of ingredients, which means the dishes are minimal! If you’re a fan of pasta salad, then you’ll really love this one.
Vegetarian with gluten free friendly options, this caprese pasta salad is bold in fresh healthy flavors. This recipe is a must have for summer time fun, and you will definitely want to treat yourself to seconds.
Ingredients Needed For This Pasta Caprese Salad
- Dried pasta; any gluten-free pasta will do, but if you are grain-free/paleo, then we love these.
- Cherry tomatoes for fresh flavors and textures
- Fresh mozzarella cheese cut into bite-sized cubes; omit if vegan/Whole30/dairy-free
- Fresh basil; roughly chopped
- Salt and pepper for a seasoned flavor
- Blueberries; optional for a well-rounded sweetness
- Garlic cloves; minced for flavor
- Balsamic vinegar for the delicious vinaigrette
- Lemon juice; freshly squeezed for bold citrus
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
How To Make This Caprese Pasta Salad
- Pasta: Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
- Making the vinaigrette: Combine the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and minced garlic. Whisk in the olive oil until combined.
- Combine: In a large bowl, add the pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil in a large bowl.
- Add the vinaigrette: Toss in blueberries. Add the dressing and toss evenly to coat.
- Season and serve: Add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately or cover and chill in the fridge.
How long does pasta salad last?
This pasta salad will last in the refrigerator for up to four days, and it is perfect for meal prep!
Tips For Recipe
- Cook the pasta ahead of time and store in reusable bag or storage container in the fridge
- Wash and slice the tomatoes in advance and store in an airtight container or bag in the fridge
- Make the dressing in advance and store in an resealable jar
Other Great Easy Recipes
- 2 cups dried pasta Ditalini or Orecchiette
- 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese cut into bite-sized cubes
- 1 cup fresh basil roughly chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup blueberries optional
- Lunchboxes for meal prep
- 3 garlic cloves finely minced
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and minced garlic. Whisk in the olive oil until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil in a large bowl. Toss in blueberries (optional).
- Add the dressing toss evenly to coat. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately or cover and chill in the fridge.
- For meal prep: Divide the pasta into lunch containers. Store in the fridge for up to four days.
You can prep everything in advance and store it in the fridge. Just add the dressing the day that you plan on serving this.