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A Light Mediterranean Caprese Pasta Salad for Summertime

The perfect pasta salad for your outdoor summer cookout!

It's summertime, and everyone is looking for ways to cook up their wonderful bounty of delicious produce. This Mediterranean Caprese pasta salad will do just that! Because who doesn't love a pasta salad in the summertime? This Caprese pasta salad is a lighter version of your normal pasta salad by tossing it together with pesto instead of heavy mayonnaise. This Caprese pasta salad also includes a bean-based pasta (like chickpea pasta) which helps to boost the fiber and protein content of your dish.

You'll Need

1 box of bean based pasta, cooked according to package directions, and drained
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup of strawberry halves, quartered
2 cups of baby spinach
1 cup of Boccoccini (mini fresh mozzarella), rinsed and drained
Balsamic vinegar to taste
2 to 3 Tbsp pesto

How to Make It

  1. Mix the pasta, vegetables, strawberries, and mozzarella.
  2. Drizzle the Balsamic.
  3. Add the pesto and toss to mix.
  4. Serve & enjoy!

 

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Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN
Leslie Bonci is a Registered Dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics. Read more
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