Caprese Pasta Salad ~ ElephantEats.com

We’re down at my mother-in-law’s for the long holiday weekend, and her big, bright kitchen inspired me to finally do some cooking.

Making Caprese Pasta Salad ~ ElephantEats.com

I hope that I’m getting this to you with enough notice that you can make it for your big Memorial Day spread tomorrow!

Caprese Pasta Salad 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

Not sure if it’s pregnancy or the weather but I’ve been craving a tangy pasta salad, specifically one with all the flavors of summer. I combined my love of Caprese Salad with pasta into this tasty dish. It’s super easy and quick and can sit out for a decent amount of time, so it’s great for when you have a buffet at your bbq.

Caprese Pasta Salad 3 ~ ElephantEats.com

Also, figured I’d throw in my 23 week pic, although I’m at 25 weeks now ;) Getting bigger every day…

23 weeks ~ ElephantEats.com

23 wks front ~ ElephantEats.com

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Caprese Pasta Salad
Serves 6
A quick and easy pasta salad, full of the flavors of summer!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb farfalle pasta, dried (or any shape you prefer)
  2. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  4. 3-4 cloves garlic, minced plus 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  5. 5-6 medium tomatoes (this really depends how much tomato you like), diced with half of the juives removed
  6. 2 handfuls fresh basil, chopped
  7. 16 oz. fresh mozzarella, diced
  8. 1 tsp salt (plus more to taste) and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to directions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water, then put in large bowl. Put empty pot back on stove top.
  2. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and oil plus salt and pepper.
  3. In the empty pot, add a couple Tablespoons of olive oil and add garlic. Saute a min until fragrant and lightly brown. Remove immediately and add to olive oil mixture.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, basil and mozzarella to bowl of pasta.
  5. Add in oil/vinegar mixture and toss well.
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60 Comments

  1. I crave all things ‘caprese’ at this time of year, this looks yummy!

  2. Happy Memorial Day!! This looks so delicious!! YUM! Healthy and fresh :) Also… congrats on 23 weeks!!! Sooo exciting!

  3. Mmmm that sounds awesome! I love caprese salad, but I imagine it would taste even better with pasta added in. :)

  4. Hey Hey glad you were inspired. Isn’t it festive when you use bow tie pasta. You are right–light and easy. And if you have been craving it, well you should have it!

  5. This is the perfect way to celebrate memorial day! It looks so bright and fresh and delicious! Hope you have having a great long weekend – you look fabulous!

  6. This looks like a great summer pasta salad! I’m in the midst of making pesto orzo with grilled chicken but I might have made this if I saw it earlier. Happy Memorial Day!

    • Thanks, Megan! Ooooh, I love orzo. You totally have me craving it with pesto now…I know what I’m making for dinner tomorrow :) Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day!

  7. Amy – great to ‘see’ you and happy to get one of your fresh recipes! I love a pasta salad. Hope it’s been a great Memorial Day weekend.

    • Thanks, Monica! We really need to find a time to actually “see” each other since we’re practically neighbors now!! Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day.

  8. Look at that beautiful burgeoning belly!! Love. Is Nate’s mom in LA (the one with the heart-melting golden retriever? I am not biased at all… ;-) ). I hope you had a great long weekend Amy — lucky for us, the environment inspired you ♡. Our whole family would love your yummy pasta caprese. Sounds like it’s garlicky too – extra swoon points for that :).

    • Hehe, thanks, Kelly! Nate’s mom lives in PA and yes, she has two adorable golden retrievers…one of whom is 15 yrs old if you can believe it! If you make this recipe, add more garlic…I think it definitely could have used it but it was tasty otherwise :)

  9. A big congratulations on your pregnancy, you are halfway through your pregnancy already! This is such happy news, may you experience an exciting journey being a mother! I wish for your safer and happier days ahead. Wishing you a fabulous Monday and I love cold pasta salads – miam miam! We made some potato salad with tarragon, olive oil and lemon juice, so good!

    • Thank you, Rika!! I know I can’t believe I’m over halfway now…it’s so crazy to think I’m going to have a baby to take care of in a few short months. Mmm, we love potato salad in our household. I made that to go with dinner the night after this pasta salad ;)

  10. What a pretty salad with great flavors! You are looking so cute. Can you believe it’s only a few more months?

    • Thanks, Nicole :) No, I can’t believe it’s only a few more months…this pregnancy is flying by! I wish I hadn’t been so busy with house stuff so I could have enjoyed it more. I’m trying to just relax right now…

  11. I love a good caprese salad! It is the perfect way to kick off the summer. also love that baby belly of yours – adorable!

  12. That’s a fabulous pasta salad. Happy belated Memorial Day! You look wonderful and it looks like the pregnancy is going really well. When I was nursing in maternity, we had two cases where a teenage girl had become pregnant and managed to keep it a secret from her parents until going into labour. All while living at home. I’ve never understood how it’s possible to hide a pregnancy! xx

    • Thanks, Charlie! I can’t imagine people staying so small that they’re able to hide a pregnancy. That’s so crazy! There’s a show on cable here called “i didn’t know i was pregnant” which is even more unbelievable- the women themselves didn’t know they were pregnant until they went into labor. Can you believe that?!

  13. That’s quite a sweet little bump you’ve got going there. A good pasta salad can’t be beat. What a great kitchen!

  14. Eeee I missed you and your little baby bump! this pasta salad looks delicious, Amy – but I’m a sucker for anything “caprese” and bowties are one of the cutest pasta shapes of all time. Love it!

  15. Sounds delicious!! Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

  16. don’t you love cooking in big kitchens?
    so much room!

  17. Gosh I’d love to be in a big, bright kitchen like that for a day. We are moving to a house down the street that has a slightly bigger kitchen, and I can’t wait–for the additional space but also just starting out clean and uncluttered again!

  18. my basil plants are still wee seedlings, i hope that changes soon and they become uncontrollable monsters cause i want some caprese salads stat!

  19. Yummy and light pasta salad. That’s a sweet baby bump :)

  20. That kitchen would make me want to cook too. Love all the light and counter space! This pasta salad looks fabulous. I could eat pasta salad all summer long!

  21. Caprese pasta salad has always been one of my favorite things to serve at a summertime picnic! You look great too!

  22. This salad looks wonderful but your sweet and beautiful belly stole the show! Can’t wait to share your pregnancy knot on cord!

  23. What a wonderful summer salad Amy, I love caprese everything and this looks perfect for all the summmer potlucks and picnics:) You look amazing too – love your adorable belly bump :)

  24. Wahoo, over halfway there! You’re totally in the pregnancy sweet spot–rocking a cute bump, so people know you’re pregnant and not just hitting the doughnuts, but (hopefully!) feeling okay and having some energy still. How are you feeling??
    I’m late to this salad for Memorial Day, but I have a feeling I can still enjoy it all summer long. :)

    • SO weird to think i’m over halfway! I think next week begins the 3rd trimester. Hehe, yeah I’m glad I’ve managed to only gain weight in my stomach…so far. It’s kind of fun because I can totally indulge in some things I wouldn’t have eaten before and it doesn’t make me get fat ;) I feel good right now, but am starting to feel big- hard to get up from sitting and turn over in bed. I know it’s only gonna get worse. Thanks, Elizabeth!!

  25. Oh look at you beautiful mama to be, totally radiant and glowing!! This pasta salad looks so fresh and delicious, perfect for warm summer days.

  26. The pasta salad looks delicious – love the flavors in there. What a cute bump you have.

  27. I could live off this salad! Truly one of my favorite summer combinations. I love how you sauteed the garlic a bit…great tip!

    • Mmm, me too :) I can’t stand biting into raw garlic so I thought the sauteeing would help a bit. Next time I think I would add more garlic tho!

  28. It’s winter here and I could happily eat this salad all week long. :) I love it.

  29. This pasta salad is making me so darn hungry!!

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  31. caprese all the things!! i missed you, and now you pop out of hiding with your wee baby bump and you make me one of my favorite summer things! you’re wonderful, and so is caprese salad. this is totally on my list under “summer vacation food” because everyone in florida will love this.

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