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Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad is a fresh and delicious addition to any meal with a quick zesty Italian dressing, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls. 

Quick pasta salads are perfect to make ahead for summer meals, potlucks and barbecues. We like to serve it alongside Grilled Italian Chicken, Fried Chicken Strips, Bacon Mozzarella Burgers and Italian Pork Chops. 

Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad with basil garnish

Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad ~ with Quick Italian Dressing

Fresh tomatoes paired with mozzarella, pasta and Italian dressing is a classic combination for pasta. This quick and easy cold salad is a great addition to just about every meal. 

Ingredients Needed:

  • Rotini Pasta
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Mozzarella Balls
  • Olive Oil
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Oregano
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Fresh Basil, optional garnish

mozzarella balls, sliced cherry tomatoes and basil leaves on a cutting board

How to Make Tomato Mozzarella Salad:

rotini pasta in a red colander

  • Cook rotini according to package directions, drain and rinse under cold water until pasta is cooled. Drain well.

pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella

  • Place pasta in a serving bowl.
  • Add mozzarella balls. 
  • Cut tomatoes into bite- sized pieces and add to pasta.
  • Slice red onion into small pieces and add to pasta and tomatoes.

Quick Italian salad dressing in a small bowl

  • Mix dressing together in a small bowl.

rotini pasta in a bowl with sliced tomatoes, red onion and mozzarella balls

  • Drizzle dressing over pasta and stir to coat. 
  • Cover and refrigerate one hour before serving.

Pasta salad with tomatoes and basil , bowl of salt and pepepr

  • Garnish with fresh basil if desired. 

More Add- Ins for Italian Pasta Salad:

Pasta salad can be easily customized to your favorite ingredients, here's a few of my favorite additions that go well with tomato and mozzarella. 

  • Sliced Olives
  • Fresh Basil
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Sliced Cucumbers
  • Pepperoncini Peppers

Pasta Salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil garnish in a black bowl

How to Store Pasta Salad:

Store pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Stir before serving. 

overhead view of pasta salad in a black bowl. Tomatoes, mozzarella and basil garnish

Add a quick and easy Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad to the menu this week for a delicious side dish that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Yield: 4 servings

Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad is a fresh and delicious addition to any meal with a quick zesty Italian dressing, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls. 

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time15 minutes

Additional Time1 hour

Total Time1 hour25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes
  • 6 ounces mozzarella balls
  • ¼ cup thin sliced red onion
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • fresh basil for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook rotini pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until completely cooled. Drain well and place in a serving bowl.
  2. Slice tomatoes and add to pasta with onion and mozzarella balls.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, basil, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Pour over pasta and stir until well combined.
  5. Cover and refrigerate one hour before serving.

Notes

Store pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Stir before serving.

Recipe can be doubled.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4

Serving Size:

1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 486Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 586mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.