This easy delicious Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad is a fabulous way to use your fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, which are plentiful during the summer.  Pasta Salad Recipes are easy to make and inexpensive.  They are perfect for potlucks, picnics, or even pool parties.

What is in this Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad?

This Pasta Salad includes pasta, tomato, cucumber, purple or sweet onion, Tomato Basil Ms. Dash or fresh Basil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil.

What is in this Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad?

It includes a fresh vine ripe, juicy tomato, a crisp cucumber, purple onion, spiral pasta, salt, pepper, basil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil.  The ingredients are simple but fresh.  This Pasta Salad gets even better as the flavors marinate together.

This quick and easy pasta salad is perfect to use your summer vegetables.

I love all the fresh juicy fruits and brightly colored fresh vegetables from our farmer’s market.  They are perfect in all of my Easy Pasta Salad Recipes, including this one.

How To Pick The Perfect Tomatoes

Don’t worry so much about finding the perfect shape tomato. Pick the tomato up and examine the skin to make sure it is not bruised. Be sure to select the tomatoes that are not too firm nor way too soft, and make sure they have a fragrant tomato smell. Yes, smell your tomato. A fresh tomato should smell fragrant. A firm tomato is not ripe yet, and a tomato that is too soft may be rotten.

Where To Store Your Tomatoes

Tomatoes don’t need to be in the refrigerator. Keep them out of direct sunlight, and stem side up. Keeping the tomato on the counter is especially true if they are a little firm. Allow the firmer tomatoes to ripe fully or use them in salsa or make a tomato sauce for a pizza or spaghetti. If they get too mushy or moldy, toss them out.

Balsamic Dressing is Perfect for this Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad

Did you know Balsamic Vinegar is created from grapes? Although Balsamic Vinegar is a dark brown color, it is made from pressed Italian white grapes, called must. The must is boiled down to a thick syrup then put into wooden kegs to age. Each year the after some moisture evaporates, the containers. This process helps to concentrate the flavor even further. Balsamic Vinegar is aged for a minimum of 12 years, but some are aged up to 100 years! The final Vinegar is a thick syrup with a concentrated flavor. It is lovely drizzled over fresh fruit, including these beautiful tomatoes.

Although Balsamic Vinegar can be expensive, you do not have to get a costly bottle for this recipe. I use Walmart Great Value Balsamic Vinegar for about $6 a bottle. Do not judge me; it is a great way to get a fabulous flavor without the huge investment.

The Ratio for Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

The ratio for the oil and Vinegar is three parts oil to one part vinegar.  You can adjust the Vinegar and oil for your taste.  I like to use two tablespoons balsamic vinegar and 1/3 cup olive oil.  Toss the salad to coat everything well with the Vinegar and oil.  Marinate this salad for about one hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad using French Bread

I usually make this Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad using a loaf of French Bread instead of the pasta.  See Tomato Salad with Bread recipe.  Since I have been on a pasta kick and my kids seem to enjoy all the pasta salads, I decided to add pasta instead of the French Bread.  This Tomato Cucumber Balsamic Pasta Salad turned out fantastic.  I will say that the pasta version is still great the next day or two, which is not true with the French Bread version of this salad.

Rinse Your Pasta

Rinsing your pasta in cold water helps to stop the cooking process and brings the temperature down.  Bringing the temperature down is fine since pasta salad is meant to be cold.

The only time you should rinse or “shock” your pasta with cold water is when cooking it for a cold pasta salad.

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Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad

This easy delicious Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad is a fabulous way to use your fresh tomatoes and cucumbers which are plentiful during the summer.  
Pasta Salad Recipes are easy to make and inexpensive.  They are perfect for potlucks, picnics, or even pool parties.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: side, Side Dish, sides
Cuisine: Italian, Italian/American
Keyword: caprese, caprese chicken, easy recipe, pasta, pasta salad, quick & easy, quick and easy recipe
Servings: 10
Calories: 205kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tomatoes  cut small bites
  • 1 cucumber  cut up into small bites
  • 1/2 onion  small, cut into small bites
  • 8 basil leaves  fresh basil leaves chopped or 1 tablespoon Tomato Basil Ms. Dash
  • 12 ounces Spiral Pasta
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • The ratio for the oil and vinegar is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You can adjust the vinegar and oil for your taste. I like using two TB balsamic to 1/3 cup olive oil.
  • Toss the salad to coat everything really well with the vinegar and oil.
  • Marinate this salad about 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Tomato Basil Caprese Pasta Salad

 

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