Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Overhead shot of Strawberry Balsamic Pasta Salad

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad is perfect for picnics or potlucks. Sweet strawberries combine with creamy mozzarella, basil and a tangy balsamic glaze. 

Here in Oregon, we have the perfect summertime climate –  with warm sunny days and cool nights, it’s the perfect climate for growing the wine that our state is known for, Pinot Noir. But did you know it’s also the perfect weather pattern for growing the sweetest and most delicious strawberries? Oregon strawberries are just the best – and I’m making the best of the last berries of the season by adding them to a caprese pasta salad.

We all know the standard caprese salad ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella
  • Basil
  • Balsamic

But, there’s no reason that we can’t swap out the tomatoes for strawberries in a caprese salad. They’re both juicy, they’re both sweet and they’re both red. They’re both delicious caprese salad ingredients

But to amp this salad up just a bit further, I’m adding two more ingredients – pasta & avocado.

Have I won you over yet?

This Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad is the perfect dish to bring to potlucks. Not only is it unique and interesting, but it also keeps well an can be made ahead of time.

To make this salad ahead of time, combine the cooked and cooled pasta with the strawberries and mozzarella cheese. When ready to serve, add in the diced avocado, basil, and drizzle on the balsamic glaze.

The balsamic glaze that I’m using is actually store bought. I love having it on hand to drizzle over cooked chicken or steaks, or roasted veggies. It’ll last indefinitely in your cupboard and just helps to elevate a basic, otherwise boring dish.

However, if you’d like to make your own balsamic glaze, you can definitely do that too! It only takes two ingredients – balsamic vinegar and sugar.Hand holding bowl of Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Side view of Strawberry Caprese Pasta SaladHow do you make balsamic glaze?

  • Heat 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and 3 Tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Let it cool before serving. You’ll have extra from this recipe and it will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.

The balsamic glaze is also amazing drizzled over a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with Oregon strawberries. The combination of sweet with the tart balsamic is just amazing. You can even sprinkle on some coarse black pepper for an extra kick.

Overhead shot of Strawberry Balsamic Pasta Salad

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caprese, pasta salad, salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 453 kcal
Author: Erin

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad is perfect for picnics or potlucks. Sweet strawberries combine with creamy mozzarella, basil and a tangy balsamic glaze.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta I used mini farfalle
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries stemmed and cut in half
  • 1 cup mini mozzarella balls
  • 1 ripe avocado pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed torn fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Tablespoons balsamic glaze I used Colavita

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add to a large bowl and toss with olive oil.
  2. Add in strawberries, mozzarella, avocado and basil, toss gently and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Recipe Notes

To make balsamic glaze, heat 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and 3 Tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool before serving.

I teamed up with Oregon Strawberries to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

If you loved this Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give it a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish are share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings. 

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Potassium 471mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 8g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 5.8%
Vitamin C 60.7%
Calcium 13%
Iron 9.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings with Caprese Salad: 

  • Look for fruity wines with high acidity. Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling Wine are great matches for this dish.

Overhead shot of Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad next to chopped basil.

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10 comments

  1. georgie

    this looks gorgeous Erin! I feel like I’m clinging onto the last days of summer with this salad!!! the colours are beautiful!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you so much Georgie!

      Reply

  2. Pech

    Strawberry Caprese Salad sound good to me, so sweet and fresh but the pasta also makes it filling and comforting!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Pech!

      Reply

  3. Breona Graper

    OH MY GAWD Erin, you’ve done it again. This is making my mouth water. I agree, a perfect potluck dish or main dish for me at home to eat off of for the week. Your pictures are as stunning as ever. I cant wait to try.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you so much Breona!

      Reply

  4. Jenni LeBaron

    I love adding strawberries to savory summer salads. It adds just the right amount of sweetness! I think this is the perfect dish to hold onto summer just a little longer.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I agree Jenni – I’m not quite ready for fall yet.

      Reply

  5. Mary

    My kids would flip for this. We’re strawberry freaks around here (and they’re pasta freaks). You’re right, Oregon strawberries are the absolute best! Sweetest and most delicious strawberries I’ve ever had.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Aren’t they just amazing – They’re so sweet and juicy!

      Reply

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