Caprese Pasta Salad

Total Time

Prep: 35 min.


17 servings

Updated: Sep. 20, 2023
This easy Caprese pasta salad is always a favorite, especially when summer tomatoes are at their peak. It comes together quickly, but if you can make it ahead of time, the flavors seem to get better after it's chilled for a few hours. —Debby Harden, Lansing, Michigan
Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes (about 2 pounds), seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl. Gently stir in the tomatoes, cheese and basil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.
Caprese Pasta Salad Tips

How can you make Caprese pasta salad your own?

There are many ways you can make this pasta salad your own! Try swapping the penne pasta for a different pasta shape, such as farfalle, cavatappi or rotini. Or throw in a few additional ingredients. We recommend grilled chicken or some homemade pesto.

Can you make Caprese pasta salad ahead of time?

Caprese pasta salad can be made ahead of time and stored covered in the fridge. For best results, use it within 3 to 4 days. For best results, wait to add the basil until you're ready to serve so it doesn't wilt.

What can you serve with Caprese pasta salad?

Caprese pasta salad is the ultimate go-to side for summer! Serve with grilled sausages, balsamic chicken or herbed pork chops.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 204 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 137mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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