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Caprese Pasta Salad

This caprese pasta salad makes a simple dinner, served warm with a protein, or a great lunch salad to make on prep day and eat all week. It’s also perfect for summer picnic season.
Course Main Course, Salads
Cuisine American
Keyword mozzarella, pasta, pesto, tomatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 8 ounce box rotini or other small pasta shape
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 zucchini finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella balls quartered
  • 1 big handful fresh spinach chopped
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • Fresh basil for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place halved tomatoes (cut size up) and zucchini on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, until tender.
  • Cook pasta according to directions and drain.
  • Toss pasta, tomatoes, zucchini, pesto, and spinach together. Gently toss in mozzarella.
  • Serve warm or chill for lunches.