Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and Bacon Pasta Salad

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Make room for this delicious Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and Bacon Pasta Salad at your next barbecue or picnic. It’s easy to prepare and it is the type of side dish that people just can’t get enough of. I first made this on Memorial Day and brought it to my neighbor’s party and people kept going back for more. It’s all the flavors of caprese salad that people love – tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, plus bacon and pasta, you can’t resist it.

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to pasta salad. Some people like to use a salad dressing, while others use a mayonnaise based dressing. I prefer to use salad dressing, and I used a roasted garlic vinaigrette that complimented the tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella.

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You can certainly make this ahead of time, but if you do, I recommend sprinkling the bacon over the top of the salad, and not mixing it in so that it won’t get soggy. Keeping the bacon crisp adds a fun texture to the side dish.

Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and Bacon Pasta Salad

Yields 6

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound of Pasta
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 5 slices of Bacon
  • 1 large ball of Mozzarella
  • 6 large Basil leaves
  • Salad Dressing (such has Stonewall Kitchen's Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette)

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking the bacon. Heat an oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the bacon out in a single layer. Cook for 10-12 minutes until the bacon is crispy, and then blot off excess grease with a paper towel. Let the bacon cool.
  2. Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente.
  3. Drain the pasta and let it cool for 5 minutes. Pour the pasta into a large bowl. Then add about 1/2 cup of the dressing and stir it into the pasta. I like to add the dressing while the pasta is still a little warm so the pasta soaks some of it up giving it more flavor. Let sit for 5 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  4. Dice the tomatoes and place them in a bowl, and toss with a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Dice the mozzarella, finely chop the basil, and crumble the bacon.
  6. Pour the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and bacon over the pasta. Top with another 1/2 cup of dressing. You can opt to toss the ingredients together, but I thought that it looked pretty layered.
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  • Gah! This looks SO good Kit! It features so many ingredients that I love (and obviously, bacon is always a good thing!). Love it!

  • Perfect salad! Thanks for linking up at What’s for Dinner

  • Martie

    YUM! I love caprese salad, and you’re right…bacon and pasta can only make it better! Pinning!

  • AJ Grijalva

    Oh yum. This is a definite recipe to try. I am always looking for great recipes to make ahead for work lunches. I could see this one getting attention in the work lounge. 🙂

  • Martina

    yum, Looks good and great combination. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week ahead!

  • Chloe Crabtree

    Looks delicious and perfect for summer! I am in the salad dressing camp, too! I am pinning this one so I don’t lose track of it. I would love it if you have a spare moment and would stop by and share this over at the Celebrate Your Story! link party! Here is the link if you have a sec to join us: http://celebrateanddecorate.com/celebrate-story-30/

  • Cristina Steele Stauffer

    This looks amazing. And you totally had me at “bacon”! Ha! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link-up Party. Have a great week!

  • Mother of 3

    Sounds yummy! Pinned!

  • Meg | Hello Farmhouse

    This looks so delicious! Just pinned so I could try later 🙂

  • Kimberly Lewis (Lou Lou Girls)

    Hello cute lady! I’m just stopping by to let you know that your yummy pasta salad will be featured at our party that starts tonight at 7 pm. Pinned and tweeted. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  • Quinn Caudill (Dad Whats 4 Din

    This looks so good and perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Pinned and shared!

  • Oh my goodness gracious, this looks divine!!!! I especially your food-tography 🙂 totally pinning, have a great day! xo

  • Sounds so yummy.Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared See you again soon.

  • Frugal Hausfrau

    This is one gorgeous salad and I love the idea of using a different vinaigrette than Italian!! Pinned and making it for my next potluck!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday! I peeked in earlier, but didn’t get a chance to comment before now! Have a great weekend!

    Mollie

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