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Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe with a Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Pasta Salad

This Caprese Pasta Salad, with its summer tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves, coated in a red wine vinaigrette and drizzled with a Balsamic Glaze, makes a perfect pasta salad for a picnic, potluck, or summer party!
Course Pasta Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Caprese Pasta Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 358kcal


Pasta Salad

  • 16 ounces cooked campanelle pasta (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls (or mozzarella cut into 1/2" cubes)
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, sliced (reserve a few whole leaves for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinaigrette (Use either store bought or make your own. See recipe below)
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Glaze (either store bought or make your own. See recipe below.)

Red Wine Vinaigrette

Balsamic Glaze (See Recipe note below)

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey


Pasta Salad

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse and drain. 
  • Place pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil in a large bowl.
  • Pour the red wine vinaigrette over the pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Drizzle Balsamic Glaze over the top right before serving.

Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • In a bowl or measuring cup, stir together olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, Italian Seasoning, and sugar, which is optional. 

Balsamic Glaze

  • Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and either honey or maple syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes until the mixture is reduced by half.
  • Remove from heat. Let cool before serving.


Please note that the balsamic glaze recipe will make more than you need for the Caprese Pasta Salad.


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1.1mg