Rating: 4.6 stars
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This Italian pasta salad features all the caprese ingredients and then some - mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, plus artichoke hearts and arugula. The arugula adds great color and freshness to the salad. I love to make it for a barbeque or as a cold lunch on a hot day.

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prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Dressing:

Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.

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  • Prepare the dressing while penne is cooking. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup in a small bowl until well combined. Stir in grated garlic. Mix in mustard and season with salt and pepper.

  • Drain penne and transfer to a large bowl. Mix in 1/2 of the dressing. Allow to cool for 1 hour.

  • Mix tomatoes, artichoke hearts, mozzarella cheese, and basil into the penne. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

  • Mix in remaining dressing and arugula right before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can use any kind of pasta shape for this salad.

The pasta salad can chill longer as well, just make sure you don't mix in the arugula until right before serving. Otherwise it will wilt.

Nutrition Facts

407 calories; protein 17.5g; carbohydrates 58.1g; fat 12.8g; cholesterol 17.9mg; sodium 580.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2019
really good! loved the dressing Read More
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2019
really good! loved the dressing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2019
loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2020
I added more garlic and left in the refrigerator 8 hours. was delicious ans so ez! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2021
The flavor is very good but I feel it needs more dressing. I used the exact amounts of ingredients shown and the salad did get dry fast. Maybe another 1/2 recipe of the dressing would make it perfect. I will make it again and incorporate that change. Read More