Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad for #ImprovCookingChallenge

Pasta salad with strawberries, basil, and fresh mozzarella cheese for a refreshing summer side.
Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This is my first outing with the #ImprovookingChallenge. I’d hoped to be in the last couple of times but time got away from  me. And I almost missed  out on this one as I thought I had more time,  but luckily, the linkup will  still be open.

The group does recipes based on  combining a couple of ingredients together and for this month, the theme was berries and balsamic.

I opted to  make a strawberry balsamic pasta salad,  which is perfect for the hot weather we are having, as I like foods that are fresh and cool when it gets very hot. An  upside is that this is also great for a picnic, especially if you pack things like turkey sandwiches, and freeze a block of iced tea with lemon and let it melt on the way to the park.

And although June strawberry season is  drawing to a close for local berries, there are still plenty coming in from California and of course, the winter crop from Florida will come in early next year, so this is really a good recipe you can have year-round.

I used the Alessi bottle balsamic reduction in this as I keep it on hand so I don’t have to  make a reduction every time, and I have to admit I  like it enough not to bother making a large batch on my own, so it is a convenience product I use. But of course feel  free to make your own reduction if you prefer a specific vinegar. I know many are particular about their vinegars, especially aged balsamic.

The rest is pretty easy and you can  eat this straight away or chill it if you like. Just serve it within  the day as fresh herbs don’t like to hang around for long. I hope you enjoy.

Strawberry Caprese Pasta SaladJoin me on Saturday when I join the #SoupSwappers  for a version of (I am  not really sure if it is Thai, Malaysian or Vietnamese)  chilled soup which I made a version  of after having sampled a quart from of vendor at the Madeira OH farm market last year. It’s a Coconut and Corn soup. I have seen a few online but while being similar, they weren’t entirely the same. But I did love it enough to want to recreate it for myself.

Sunday I will share my recipe for Cantaloupe Mint Lemonade as part of picnic recipes for Sunday Supper. I do love making a variety of lemonades (I am a huge fan of lemons) and cantaloupe is always fun.  I enjoy finding knew ways of having that besides simply cutting it up for a fresh fruit bowl.

I hope you enjoy both and join me each day. Not sure if I will  have something up tomorrow- I have a bit of back end work to do on the blog that  has kept me busy this week, if you noticed me having gone AWOL. It’s all for a good cause and  you will reap the benefits of all that work very soon!

~Sue

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad
Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces uncooked farfalle pasta (bow ties)
  • 8 ounces ripe strawberries, quartered
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons chiffonade sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Boil pasta 11-13 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Combine pasta with remaining ingredients.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com


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