Caprese Pasta Salad

I am so getting the itch to go back to Italy. It seems all I want to do is read up on the places I didn’t visit last time and delve into more Mediterranean cookbooks in addition to my photos off the coast of the Mediterranean.

This is a salad I whipped together yesterday to bring me back there. It’s a Caprese Pasta Salad. It’s light, delicious and healthy. All you have to do is select your favorite pasta, throw in some sliced grape tomatoes, fresh mozzerella cheese and some homemade pesto.

This is such a wonderful dish that can be served as a side dish or entree. Add in some grilled chicken or shrimp if you like to make it a heartier entree. Once you take a bite it’s hard to put it down.

Make up a batch of crostini to go with it and you’re all set. Yum!

Since yesterday the batch I made is almost gone. Fortunately I still have plenty of pesto so I may have to run out and get more pasta and tomatoes and whip up another batch to go with dinner.

I’ll be adding this to my menu of classes along with a wonderful seafood recipe and light mediterranean dessert.

Interested in booking a class for June, I still have a couple dates available. Otherwise, I am booking for mid August and later. Whether you are an individual, group or looking to surprise a lucky bride to be and fiance’ with a nice treat, please consider “At Home with Vicki Bensinger,
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  1. Delish!!! Do you use whole wheat or whole grains pasta? Sounds like a great Farmers Market trip.

  2. I mostly used whole grain pasta because of the health benefits. However, my daughter asked me when I told her what I was preparing if I’d use the regular Durum (Wheat)Semolina pasta so I did.

    I do think that this particular dish looks prettier with the regular pasta because it’s white instead of brown.

    It is a fun trip to the farmers market. I love it when they have the yellow tomatoes. Then I mix the two together and it is truely delicious! Those should be available soon!

  3. Hi Vicki,
    I left something special for you over on my blog, hope you enjoy!

  4. Pesto and mozzarella – can’t go wrong with that! Love it!

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