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Salami Caprese Pasta Salad {Homemade Balsamic Dressing}

Easy to make and full of flavor.

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

Sometimes a heartier salad with meat and pasta is in order like this Salami Caprese Pasta Salad.

This salad makes a colorful appetizer or side dish.

Serve with homemade garlic bread and it makes a hearty but light main dish too.

The pasta in this salad is a small version of penne which is a nice complement to the other ingredients.

I especially like the smaller size pasta so that it doesn’t take over the salad.

It’s a good salad for making ahead of time too.

If making this ahead of time, wait to add the chopped basil and vinaigrette until just before serving.

The balsamic vinaigrette is easy to make and tastes wonderful alongside the fresh ingredients, pasta, and salami.

This is such a pretty salad to bring to a potluck or to have when guests come over.

Here are more side dish recipes to bring to a potluck you may like “Easy Potato Salad with Egg“, “Homestyle Elbow Macaroni Salad” and “Cherry Pineapple and Mandarin Orange Ambrosia“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Salami Caprese Salad Ingredients

For the Salad – Cooked penne pasta, salami,  fresh mozzarella cheese balls, sweet grape tomatoes (or teardrop, or cherry tomatoes), red onion, fresh basil, olive oil, salt and pepper

For the Pasta – Small-size penne pasta, water and salt

Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette – Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar, granulated garlic, salt and pepper

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Pasta:

Add Pasta to Boiling Water

In a medium size pan, add water and salt.  Bring to a boil.

To the pan add penne pasta and stir.

Let cook while occasionally stirring until the pasta is al dente (firm) (about 10 minutes or according to package instructions).

Drain the pasta (don’t rinse) and set aside.

TIP – Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce or dressing so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta. 

For the Pasta Salad:

Add Mozzarella Balls to Bowl

Mozzarella Balls in Bowl

Drain the liquid out of the mozzarella cheese container.

To a large bowl, add the cheese.

Cut Cherry Tomatoes

Cut the tomatoes in half widthwise,

Cut Cherry Tomatoes

and add to the bowl.

Cut Red Onion on Board

Chop the red onions (not too small, about 1-inch-size pieces)

Cut Red Onion on Board

…and add them to the bowl.

Cut Salami on Cutting Board

Then cut each piece of salami into 6 triangular pieces (like cutting a pizza)

Cut Salami in Bowl

…and add to the bowl.

Cooked Pasta in Bowl

Next to the bowl, add the pasta…

Add Olive Oil to Pasta Salad

olive oil,

Pepper on Salami Pasta Salad

salt and pepper.

Salami Pasta Salad in Bowl

Then,

Stir Salami Pasta Salad

gently stir the ingredients together…

Stir Salami Pasta Salad

…so that the pasta is coated with the olive oil, salt and pepper.

Salami Pasta Mozzarella Cheese

Transfer the pasta salad to a serving bowl or plate.

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

Then,

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

top with thinly sliced fresh basil.

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

Set aside while making the dressing.

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Whisk Balsamic Dressing

In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk together.

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

Just before serving, drizzle the vinaigrette on top of the salami caprese pasta salad.

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

Serve as a delightful appetizer…

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

…or side salad.

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Pasta Recipes You May Like:

How to Make Homemade Elbow Macaroni Salad

Linguine with Tomato Cream Sauce

Browned Butter and Lemon Pasta with Bacon

Mushrooms and Marinara Pasta with Homemade Sauce

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Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad

Easy to make and full of flavor.
Print Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Balsamic Dressing, Caprese Salad, Salami, Salami Salad
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked small size penne pasta
  • 2 teaspoons salt (for the boiling water)

For the Pasta Salad:

  • 1 container (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese balls liquid from the container drained out
  • 1-1/2 cups cut sweet grape, teardrop or cherry tomatoes cut in half widthwise
  • 16 slices salami each slice cut into 6 triangular pieces (like cutting a pizza)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 dashes granulated garlic
  • 3 dashes ground black pepper
  • 3 dashes salt

Instructions

For the Pasta:

  • In a medium size pan, add water and salt.  Bring to a boil.  To the pan add penne pasta and stir.
  • Let cook while occasionally stirring until the pasta is al dente (firm) (about 10 minutes or according to package instructions).  
  • Drain the pasta (don't rinse).  Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce or dressing so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.  Set aside.

For the Pasta Salad:

  • To a large bowl, add the mozzarella cheese balls, red onion, salami, pasta, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Gently stir all ingredients together so that the pasta is coated with the olive oil, salt and pepper. 
  • Top with thinly sliced fresh basil.  Set aside while making the vinaigrette.  

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk together. 
  • Just before serving whisk again and drizzle the vinaigrette on top of the salami caprese pasta salad.

Notes

TIP:

  1. Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.
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