Caprese Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I had a pasta salad similar to this while I was in Chicago and I thought I would attempt to make it on my own.

Ingredients

1/2 pound whole wheat fusilli pasta
1/4 pounds sun-dried tomatoes roughly diced
1/2 pound fresh, water-packed mozzarella, cubed
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, pressed through a garlic press
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 packed cup basil leaves, washed, spun dry, and slivered

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it heavily (it should taste like seawater), then add the pasta and cook until just done.

Meanwhile, prepare the tomatoes and cheese and put them in a very large bowl. Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.

Drain the hot pasta and shake it dry (don’t rinse it), then add it to the bowl with the cheese and tomatoes and stir with a rubber spatula to combine. Then fold in the basil.

Came out great! Really easy to make too. Also made a lot of servings so this will be in the fridge for a while.

References
Caprese Pasta Salad

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