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Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

For a quick meal or dinner on the go, whip up this quick caprese pesto pasta salad – you won’t believe how flavorful it is.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x



8 ounces (1/2 box) rotini pasta, cooked completely in salted boiling water

2 cups halved cherry or grape tomatoes

1.5 cups diced fresh mozzarella

1, 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup basil pesto

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Optional: extra pesto, drizzle of olive oil


Boil pasta according to package directions, add 1/2 tablespoon salt when the water boils. 

While the pasta is cooking, drain chickpeas, slice tomatoes in half, and cube the mozzarella and place in bowl. 

Drain pasta and add to salad – run cold water over it if you do not want it warm. Add to the bowl. 

Spoon pesto over the top and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parsley. 

Toss and serve. 

  • Author: Sarah
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10