Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe

This recipe is all about freshness, flavor combinations, and vivid colors. I used ingredients that were imported from Italy: roasted peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, ham, Italian tuna, and the very best extra-virgin olive oil.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caprese, pasta, salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Nonna Box

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Cellentani Pasta
  • 2 4-oz cans Italian tuna packed in oil, drained
  • 8 oz sliced ham diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 12 oz package heirloom cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8 oz provolone cheese diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano freshly grated
  • 1 12-oz jar marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 12-oz jar fire roasted bell peppers diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 pound fresh green beans blanched and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 carrot blanched and diced into 1/4-inch pieces

FOR THE VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons to coat the pasta
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper fresh

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook for 2 minutes less than the cooking time on the package. Drain the pasta, coat it with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, toss, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside to let cool.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the vinaigrette and whisk together. Adjust the salt if necessary and set aside.
  • In a very large bowl, mix the bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, provolone, artichoke hearts, ham, green beans, and carrots. Add the vinaigrette, cover with plastic wrap, and let marinate for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Before serving, remove from the refrigerator for 1 hour to bring to room temperature. Toss all of the ingredients together and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1490IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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