20-Minute Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pasta Salad

20-Minute Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pasta Salad




Yield 8 large bowls

This 20-Minute Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pasta Salad is fresh, fast, and flavorful!


For the Basil Dressing:

4 ounces fresh basil

3 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons granulated sugar (optional, but it adds a nice sweetness)

3/4 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes OR freshly ground black pepper (more or less to taste)

For the Pasta Salad:

1 pound farfalle pasta

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

(1) 12 ounce container marinated mozzarella balls, removed from oil

4 ounces fresh basil, thinly sliced


For the Basil Dressing:

In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine the basil, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, sugar (if using), salt, and pepper. Pulse on high for about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed, or until smooth. There should be no large chunks of anything! If there is, continue blending. Set aside until needed.

For the Pasta Salad:

Place a large pot of salted water over high heat; bring to a rolling boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 to 8 minutes.

While the water comes to a boil and the pasta cooks, prepare the vegetables. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half; thinly slice the basil and thinly slice the red onion; set aside until needed. Remove the mozzarella balls from the oil and set aside.

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it at once and quickly rinse it under cold water until cool, about 1 minute. Place cooled pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add dressing to pasta, then add the tomatoes, basil, onion, and mozzarella balls. Toss to combine. Serve at once, or chill until needed.


Pasta salad may be made and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Courses Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine Italian, Pasta, Vegetarian

Recipe by Baker by Nature at