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Chicken pasta salad in a square white bowl by a striped kitchen towel.

Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad

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  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


For the balsamic vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced fresh garlic

For the pasta salad:

  • 12 ounces pasta, cooked according to package directions (I used penne pasta)
  • 2/3 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded
  • 2 1/2 cups cups fully cooked cubed or shredded chicken
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together balsamic vinegar, olive oil and minced garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Transfer pasta to a large bowl and add pesto. Stir gently until well coated. Add chicken, tomatoes, cheese, salt and pepper. Stir gently again to combine.
  4. Add desired amount of balsamic vinaigrette to each serving.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: Italian