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Caprese Pizza Pasta Salad is a cool and easy way to enjoy all the elements of pizza during summer without turning on your oven!


Total time

0 minutes




  • salad
  • salt
  • 8 ounces whole grain penne pasta or other similar-sized pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ounces fresh marinated mozzarella balls
  • 2 ounces pork or turkey pepperoni (about 1 cup) sliced
  • 0.5 cup red onion
  • 0.5 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 0.5 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • dressing
  • 0.5 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 0.25 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook to the al dente stage. Drain, cool under cold running water, drain and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add remaining salad ingredients.
  4. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Adjust seasoning and acidity as desired.
  5. Pour over salad and serve immediately.