This perfect combination of ingredients is great as an appetizer or a salad.

  • 16-oz. box Rotini pasta, cooked to al dente and drained
  • 8-oz. container grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8-oz. package Mozzarella pearls
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve!
  • Pesto is easy to find at most grocery stores, but feel free to make your own pesto if you’re feeling adventurous. It is easy to make and soo delicious!
  • If you are unable to find fresh mozzarella balls (look in the specialty cheese section of your local grocery store), purchase a chunk of fresh mozzarella instead and cut it into 1/2-inch chunks.
  • Turn this into a gluten free salad by using gluten free pasta!
  • Keep this salad covered and in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. It will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days, so it is a great make-ahead dish.
  • Replace fresh basil with 1 tablespoon of dried basil in a pinch!
  • Sprinkle a thin layer of salt and black pepper over the top of the salad just before serving.
  • This makes a large bowl full of pasta salad, so feel free to cut the recipe in half for a smaller batch.
  • Add shredded or chopped grilled chicken for extra protein.
Recipes by pipandebby


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