The Caprese Pasta Salad combines firm, creamy mozzarella cheese with sweet, ripe tomatoes ripened in the sun. This simple and fresh pasta salad brings the essence of Italian summer to your plate.
Combining colorful tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese, fragrant basil and lightly tossed with a sweet and sour honey-balsamic dressing, Caprese Pasta Salad is more than just a pasta dish. A celebration of freshness, each bite takes you on a little vacation to Italy. This is the perfect dish for summer gatherings, picnics, and barbecues, offering a versatile option that can easily complement a variety of main dishes.
Fresh basil can be replaced with dried basil, but fresh basil provides a more vibrant flavor.
Yes, it can be prepared hours before serving. But for the best flavor, add the dressing just before serving.
You can use apple cider vinegar or regular balsamic vinegar instead of white balsamic vinegar. Note that regular balsamic vinegar will darken the color of the pasta.
- For those who are lactose intolerant, You can also substitute lactose-free cheese for mozzarella or choose plant-based cheese alternatives.
- For those with gluten intolerance, Use gluten-free pasta.
- To reduce sodium content, You can reduce the salt content of your dressing. Try adding more fresh basil for extra flavor or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a touch of tartness.
The Caprese Pasta Salad is versatile and pairs well with grilled chicken or fish for a complete meal. Consider serving it with a hearty vegetable tart for a vegetarian option. This salad is also great as a side dish for lunch or a light dinner.
Precautions for storage
Due to the freshness of the ingredients, freezing this dish is not recommended, but can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To keep the salad fresh, add a little more dressing and mix well before serving.
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