Caprese Pasta Salad with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette

This recipe was inspired by my oldest sister Dana. She called me recently and suggested I make caprese salad combined with pasta and since I am a dutiful younger sister I complied. I decided to dress the pasta salad with a simple white balsamic vinaigrette and it turned out fantastic! I really loved the fresh basil, combined with the creamy cheese, sweet tomatoes, soft pasta, and tangy vinaigrette. My whole family enjoyed this dish, especially my son who had 3 servings. I served this pasta salad with Basil Marinated Chicken Thighs and they paired nicely together. Thanks for the inspiration Dana!

Caprese Pasta Salad with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Recipe and photos by For the Love of
Inspired by my sister Dana


Pasta Salad:

  • 8 0z gemelli pasta, cooked per instructions
  • Handful of grape tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese, diced into small cubes
  • Fresh basil, chiffonade

Cook the pasta in well salted water per instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water until the pasta is cool. Place the pasta into a serving bowl then add the grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese cubes, and fresh basil.


White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced finely
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Combine all the ingredients together with a whisk until well combined. Taste, add more vinegar, sugar, sea salt, or pepper if desired.

Pour the vinaigrette over the pasta salad and mix until coated evenly. Serve and enjoy!


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One Response to “Caprese Pasta Salad with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette”

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    Jen K — April 11, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    I’m very sad this entry has no comments, so I MUST leave one! I LOVE this recipe. I’ve made it at least half a dozen times and everyone always loves it. It’s so easy and fresh and light. I just looked it up again to make it for a baby shower tomorrow.

    I didn’t even know white balsamic existed until I make this a year and a half ago. Now I use it all the time.

    Thank you!


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