Hey, everyone!  I am so excited to share one of my favorite new salads with you.  This is the perfect salad to use at your upcoming Labor Day BBQ that is right around the corner.  If you are like me, you are already starting to plan your parties and what you will make. 

I love Caprese Salad and decided to put a little twist on it and make a Caprese Pasta Salad that was full of my favorite vegies, pasta, cheese and dressing.  Not only is this salad delicious but it is simple to make!  The perfect summer BBQ recipe option!

A typical Caprese Salad usually has tomatoes, mozzarella, basil,  and a balsamic vinaigrette.  I altered this salad by adding in some red onions and pasta to the mix.  This has become one of my easy recipes that I make for family and friends on a regular basis.  I hope you enjoy!

Caprese Salad

How to Make Caprese Pasta Salad


  • 2 Cups of Cooked Pasta
  • 1 Cup of Cherry Tomatoes Rinsed and Halved
  • 1/2 Cup of Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cubed
  • Fresh Basil Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Trader Joes Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Salad


Mix all Ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate until serving. 

Caprese Salad

This is not only an easy salad to make for Labor Day or any other summer BBQ event that you have going on but it is also incredibly delicious!  If you love Caprese Salad, you will love this twist on it!

So many of us have Labor Day parties each year and I am always looking for a new and unique recipe option to take or serve for friends.  This salad is a great option! 

Caprese Salad

Do you have parties for Labor Day?  What are you serving this year?  I would love to hear and find some new recipe ideas to try!

Other Labor Day Salad Recipes

Zucchini Casserole (My Favorite Recipe)

Bruschetta Salad

Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms 


  • JoAnn

    Looks divine. There are so many terrific pasta dishes out in blog land, I want to try them all 😉
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  • Miz Helen

    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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  • Carolyn

    My husband loves a Caprese Salad and I really like the addition of the pasta. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  • carolinaheartstrings

    This is the perfect salad. DELICIOUS!

  • aprila

    this looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe

  • Liesel

    I’ve done this too, both hot and as a cold pasta salad. (We too love caprese and do many variations of it – Sometimes with carrots and/or cucumbers for a little crunch and black garlic is also another “bonus”.) One note though … I don’t love the Trader Joe’s Balsamic glaze, as it has grape juice too – Better is a pure balsamic glaze. Here in SoCal, I’ve found at Whole Foods, but for a less expensive option, Fresh & Easy has a pure reduced balsamic, which is way better than the TJ’s.

  • Marie

    We had caprese pasta salad just last night. It’s the perfect time of year for it with fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden. But we go back and forth about adding the balsamic directly to the salad. Some are for and some not. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Titus 2 Tuesday.
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  • Miz Helen

    Hi Chrissy,
    This is a fabulous Salad that we will just love! Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen
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  • Jen Nikolaus

    This looks FAB!!! Caprese Salad is my fave too! I love all these ingredients and I bet they’re awesome together!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy
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  • Miz Helen

    Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen
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  • Ann Kroeker

    Love that combination so much and may try to make this with gluten-free noodles, though sadly I will have to sacrifice one of the most important parts of this salad: the cheese. Sigh.

    The photos are outstanding. I’m hungry!

    Thanks for linking to Food on Fridays!
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  • Crystal & Co

    This looks amazing! Love easy pasta and chicken dishes like this.
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  • Martha

    Saw this on Gooseberry Patch and it really caught my eye! How wonderful for this time of year!! Can’t wait to give it a try.
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  • jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    Caprese salad is my absolute favorite summer dish. Fresh homegrown tomatoes, a quick lunch and I’m in heaven.

    Your salad is making me hungry and I haven’t had breakfast. I agree toss in some pasta and you’ve got yourself a delicious Caprese meal.

  • Sally Barker

    Yum! That looks so good! I will definitely make this for my annual Labor Day BBQ. Thanks so much for sharing.

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