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An awesome blend of fresh ingredients to create this amazing pasta salad!

Caprese Pasta Salad

This salad is so easy to make. It's fresh, its yummy and it's great any time of year!
Course Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 -16 side dish

Ingredients

  • 16 oz pasta of choice I like bowtie
  • 8 oz small red grape or cherry tomatoes sliced in half in large batches I mix yellow grape tomatoes also
  • 1 cup peppers-your choice cut in slivers -optional I use 2 colors
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella pearls Can use fresh mozzarella cut up also packed in an airtight plastic wrapped ball. After opening it breaks into balls.
  • 1 can of med black olives
  • 1-3 cups of spinach -optional
  • 1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 -1 cup of your favorite italian dressing
  • These work great on any pasta salad:
  • Berensteins Light Fantastic Cheese Fantastico
  • Kens Steakhouse Greek
  • Girards Greek Feta

Instructions

  1. After your pasta is cooked al dente {soft, yet firm} run it under cold water and ice cubes in a colander. Put pasta in large bowl and season as follows per 16 oz of pasta: Drizzle pasta with 1-2 Tbs of olive oil, 1 tsp garlic salt and 2 Tbs finely chopped fresh parsley or 1 Tbs finely crushed imitation parsley. Toss and taste. It should already have a great flavor to begin the next process!
  2. NOW: Toss pasta, vegetables, cheese, 1/4 cup of parsley and olives together. Add in your dressing slowly to preferred consistency, keeping it light. Salt & pepper to taste. Chill until serving. Best to chill for at least an hour or two to blend flavors!
  3. Before serving: Toss in some more dressing if necessary, some spinach if desired, or serve over a bed of spinach.