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Caprese pasta salad recipe

Updated on December 22, 2014

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a great choice for those fresh tomatoes

As gardens come in, fresh tomatoes abound. This Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is perfect for summer meals. Substituting red wine vinegar for the traditional balsamic vinegar gives it a light, tart taste. It's very easy to throw together in just minutes with only a few ingredients.

Photo credit: Barbie Crafts

Photo credit:  Barbie Crafts
Photo credit: Barbie Crafts

This recipe is a little twist on traditional Caprese Salad. You can throw this pasta salad together in minutes, and it is so refreshing with the tart red wine vinegar. Any tomato will work, but pink German tomatoes are especially delicious in this recipe. A Caprese salad uses the soft ball of mozzarella labelled as Mozzarella Fresca, but if you have a liberal food budget, opt for buffallo mozzarella!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15-25 minutes

Serves: 6-8


  • One box bowtie pasta
  • Around three medium tomatoes diced (German pinks are best!)
  • Red wine vinegar
  • One ball of Mozzarella fresca
  • Olive Oil
  • Two Tablespoons of dried minced onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt
  • and pepper
  • One Tablespoon of parsley flakes
  • Two Tablespoons sugar


  1. Boil and drain the pasta.
  2. Dice the tomatoes.
  3. Cut the Mozzarella Fresca into small pieces.
  4. While the pasta is still slightly warm, add the cheese and tomatoes. Toss well.
  5. Dissolve the sugar in a few tablespoons of red wine vinegar and add to pasta.
  6. Add equal amount of olive oil.
  7. Add remaining ingredients.
  8. Add more vinegar and oil to taste, being careful to balance the two ingredients well.
  9. Best eaten at or near room temperature.
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    • MJsConsignments profile image


      6 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      I'm a big fan of Caprese salad. I'd eat pasta and tomatoes any time.

    • artbyrodriguez profile image

      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      Tomatoes and pasta, you can't beat that combo.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for a nice lens. i love fresh tomatoes with a little salt and pepper by there selves.


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