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Bacon Caprese Pasta Salad

6-Ingredient Rainbow Bacon Caprese Pasta Salad is a quick complete dish that can be served by itself or as a side for bbq and grilled meats. It can be conveniently transported anywhere you go. 
Course:Salad
Cuisine:American
Keywords:bacon, Caprese, pasta, salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories507 kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 grams bow tie pasta I used Livera Pasta Italiana (Farfalle 6 Colors)
  • 10 cooked turkey bacon strips, chopped
  • 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 500 grams fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/3-1/2 cup balsamic dressing

Instructions

  • Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to the instructions in the package. Drain!
  • Place pasta in a large bowl and mix with turkey bacon, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella pearls, basil leaves, and balsamic dressing. If you are vegetarian, just omit the bacon.
  • Cover and refrigerate. 
  • Serves 4 (main dish) up to 8 (side dish).   

Recipe Notes

If you would like to make the balsamic dressing from scratch, simply whisk 1/3 cup olive oil with the juice of 2 juicy lemons  and 3 TBSP balsamic vinegar plus a pinch of salt and pepper until mixture is homogeneous and thickened.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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