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spaghetti salad with balsamic and basil dressing

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Gretchen ***
Columbia, TN

Basil is plentiful in the garden now and I love the way it pairs with the pungent-sweet flavor of balsamic vinegar. This is very good with grilled chicken but delicious all by itself. You could make this with any pasta that you have on hand. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This pasta mimics a Caprese salad, so if you love those flavors you'll adore this salad. With fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and basil it just screams summer. We love how the pasta soaks up the tangy balsamic flavor from the dressing. This will be a great side or even a light meal on a hot summer day. For a beautiful presentation, serve on a platter with some fresh basil torn on top and impress your family and friends.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves 6-8
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For spaghetti salad with balsamic and basil dressing

  • 8 oz
    spaghetti, broken into thirds
  • 6 oz
    mozzarella cheese, diced (1 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 c
    diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c
    diced Vidalia onion
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/4 c
    balsamic vinegar
  • 5-6
    fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1
    garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/4 tsp
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

How To Make spaghetti salad with balsamic and basil dressing

  • Spaghetti boiling in a pot.
    Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on the package.
  • Cooked spaghetti in a colander.
    Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Cooked spaghetti in a bowl with tomato and mozzarella.
    In a bowl, combine cooked and cooled pasta with the remaining salad ingredients.
  • Maso jar with salad dressing.
    In a small jar with lid, combine dressing ingredients. Shake well.
  • Salad dressing being poured over spaghetti.
    Pour over salad and toss to coat. Chill for 8 hours or overnight.