Caprese Bowtie Pasta Salad

bowl of pasta with tomatoes and black olives

A simple and delicious salad made with bowtie pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and tossed in Italian dressing. It’s easy, fresh and perfect for summer parties!


  • 1 pound bowtie pasta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 or 12 oz fresh or marinated mozzarella balls, cut in halves
  • 1 {2.25 oz} can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh basil thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 3/41 cup Italian salad dressing
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat; bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. When the pasta has finished cooking, drain immediately and quickly rinse under cold water until cool.
  4. Place drained and cooled pasta in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add tomatoes, olives, basil, onion and mozzarella ball halves. Stir to combine.
  6. drizzle on the dressing. Stir again.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve immediately.