Caprese turned into a Healthy Whole Wheat Pasta Salad?
Now that's something to buzz about!
Complexity Level: EasyPasta di Caprese
What You Need:
1 lb. Whole Grain/ Wheat Pasta (I used radiatore)
1 1/2 cups Buffalo Mozzarella Pearls
5 Roma Tomatoes, finely diced
10 Basil Leaves, chopped
3/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
This is a very simple but super delicious pasta salad. I had recently created this while craving caprese, and brought it to a wine and social event. Before I knew it, it was gone! I didn't realize I had forgotten to beat the rush and get a bowl -- but it's ok ... I had left some at home just in case!
To start, boil your pasta to a nice al denti then rinse with cool water and let drain.
Meanwhile, chopped the basil and dice the tomatoes, and place into a large mixing bowl. Add the pearls of mozzarella to the mixing bowl, and toss to blend.
|Right Before adding Tomatoes!|
If you prefer, you can add more olive oil. I like to keep the salad light and low fat, but olive oil is a good fat, so go crazy as you wish!
Chill 1 hour before serving. This will allow the basil to penetrate all the noodles, and the pasta to absorb that tasty balsamic flavor. You may want to do a taste check to see if more vinegar is needed. But for me and my newly found friends, this was perfect just the way it was!
Be sure to toss again before serving to make sure everything is still evenly coated!
I hope you enjoy!