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    Caprese Pasta Salad

    Caprese Pasta Salad. Photo by Diet It Up

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    Total Time:

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    1 hrs 10 mins

    1 hrs

    10 mins

    Diet It Up's Note:

    This is a great little side dish for a BBQ and much healthier than the typical mayo-based macaroni salad. Olive Oil is packed with mono-unsaturated (good fats) and can help to achieve balanced cholesterol levels. I usually serve this at room temperature, but I've also served it hot and topped it with grilled chicken for a quick weeknight dinner.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Toss the mozzarella and cherry tomatoes with the Italian dressing. Cover and refrigerate. If I'm making this for dinner, I usually get the cheese and tomatoes in the fridge to marinate a few hours before I plan to assemble the salad.
    2. 2
      In a skillet on low heat, heat the olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook on low for 5-10 minutes allowing the garlic to soften (but not brown) and infuse the oil.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, boil the pasta. Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss to coat. Set the pasta mixture aside to cool.
    4. 4
      Once the pasta is cooled, add the cheese and tomatoes along with the dressing marinade. Season the salad with salt and pepper and top with 3 tablespoons fresh basil.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 07, 2012

      45

      I should have reviewed this long ago, as I make it fairly often, and it's always a hit. I do love a pasta salad without mayo! I agree with Demandy that more tomatoes and cheese are nice. And as a confirmed salt and pepper addict, I grind these liberally, but that's personal preference not a criticism of this lovely recipe!

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    • on September 08, 2010

      45

      I liked this but I found it a little bland and would have put about 2x the cheese and tomatoes to provide flavor to the 14 ounce box of pasta I used. I used smoked mozzarella in place of regular which was nice.

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    • on July 24, 2010

      55

      This was excellent. I was afraid it might be a bit oily but it was not - it was perfect. Added some chopped up pastrami and salami and served it for dinner. Everyone loved it. Thx. for sharing this great recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Caprese Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (94 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 291.4
     
    Calories from Fat 93
    32%
    Total Fat 10.3 g
    15%
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    7%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 105.5 mg
    4%
    Total Carbohydrate 44.8 g
    14%
    Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
    19%
    Sugars 1.3 g
    5%
    Protein 8.6 g
    17%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    bite-size fresh mozzarella cheese balls

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