Pasta Salad made with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, chicken sausage, an a homemade balsamic dressing.

Caprese Pasta Salad

Pasta is tossed with a homemade balsamic dressing, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage for a delicious and healthy pasta salad recipe that is fit for a main course or a hearty side. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Balsamic Dressing, Caprese Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey

Ingredients

For the Caprese Pasta Salad

  • 16 ounces pasta bow-tie, rotini, corkscrew, etc
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes diced (or 2 cups diced, seeded tomatoes)
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls
  • 8 basil leaves chiffonade
  • 12 ounces al fresco all natural Sun Dried Tomato Chicken sausage

For the Balsamic Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

For the Caprese Pasta Salad

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions. 
  • While the pasta is cooking, grill the chicken sausage links over medium-high heat for 6 minutes. You can also pan fry the sausage. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil to skillet. Place sausages in skillet and heat on medium high about 7-9 minutes, turning frequently. If you are really in a rush, you can also lay sausage on microwave safe plate, cover with a paper towel and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  • While pasta and sausage is cooking, slice the tomatoes and basil and mozzarella if not in small balls. Once the sausage is done cooking, slice the sausage into 1/2 inch chunks. 
  • Once pasta is done cooking, toss with 1/4 cup of the balsamic dressing and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the remaining dressing, tomatoes, mozzarella, sausage, and basil. Toss well and serve warm or refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before serving.  

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Whisk together all the ingredients.

Notes

  • If you feel your pasta salad is dry, drizzle with a a tablespoon of olive oil before serving.
  • I prefer fresh mozzarella for this pasta salad, but you could also use shredded mozzarella if that is all you have on hand. 
  • Cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, or vine-ripened tomatoes are all options for this tomato mozzarella pasta salad, just be sure to seed vine-ripened tomatoes before adding to the salad. 
  • Feel free to omit the chicken sausage if you need a vegetarian pasta salad. If you are not vegetarian, I highly suggest adding the alfresco All Natural Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage, it adds IMMENSE flavor and compliments the Caprese pasta perfectly. 
  • To chiffonade basil: stack up the leaves of basil and then roll them up and slice into ribbons.
  • Mozzarella Pasta Salad can be served warm or after refrigerating for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Caprese Pasta Salad can be stored safely for 3 days in your refrigerator. It can not be frozen.
  • While basil is traditional in caprese recipes, if you family is not a fan of basil, you can omit and still have a delicious balsamic pasta salad recipe. 
Nutrition Facts
Caprese Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 609mg26%
Potassium 187mg5%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 435IU9%
Vitamin C 9.4mg11%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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