Penne Caprese Pasta Salad

By Dash of Amy
June 4, 2018
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Author Notes: A loaded pasta salad with penne pasta, broccoli, kalamata olives, red onions, grape tomatoes, and mozzarella balls, topped with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.Dash of Amy

Serves: 10
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min

Pasta Salad

  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 bunch broccoli florets, cooked
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, sliced in half
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • 10-15 fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions and place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pasta, and mix well.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients except balsamic glaze together in a mixing bowl using a fork until it thickens.
  2. Pour over the salad, and mix well.
  3. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the whole pasta salad, or each individual portion.

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