Spaghetti Salad | Caprese tossed into a delicious, chilled summer salad. Perfect for picnics and potlucks, this simple budget-friendly side also makes a great entree when topped with grilled chicken

This Tomato and Mozzarella Pesto Spaghetti Salad is simple to prepare and refreshing on a hot summer day. It is a perfect addition to any summertime potluck.

I love salads, especially pasta salad, during the summer months. Turning the oven on and eating hot, heavy foods is one of my least favorite things to do when it already feels too hot in the kitchen. Pasta salads are perfect for that!

Nothing is more refreshing than a bowl of cold pasta with fresh veggies and a dressing that is bursting with flavor. One of my new, favorite summertime salads is this Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette.

Spaghetti Salad | Caprese tossed into a delicious, chilled summer salad. Perfect for picnics and potlucks, this simple budget-friendly side also makes a great entree when topped with grilled chicken.

I wanted to use some similar flavors and ingredients from that Zucchini Salad to make a fun potluck-style spaghetti salad. Tomatoes and basil are abundant this time of year so I’m always looking for new uses and fun ways to serve them.

First, I cooked some spaghetti according to the package instructions. After it cooled, I tossed it until coated with a quick dressing I whipped up using a store-bought Italian Style Vinaigrette dressing and my favorite, easy Basil Pesto. Just whisk the two together in a small bowl before pouring it over the pasta.

Spaghetti Salad | Caprese tossed into a delicious, chilled summer salad. Perfect for picnics and potlucks, this simple budget-friendly side also makes a great entree when topped with grilled chicken.

I really like the Good Cook OvenFresh Stoneware 3 Piece Mixing Bowl Set for this recipe because the large bowl is the perfect size for the recipe and they’re attractive enough to go from prep to table for serving.

After coating the pasta in the dressing, I added plenty of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella balls and a little bit of chopped salami and sliced peperoncini peppers for an extra punch of flavor and color.

Spaghetti Salad | Caprese tossed into a delicious, chilled summer salad. Perfect for picnics and potlucks, this simple budget-friendly side also makes a great entree when topped with grilled chicken.

You can serve it immediately, or refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve. This Tomato and Mozzarella Pesto Spaghetti Salad is filling but still feels light to eat, and it is great for feeding a crowd next time you’re hosting or attending a summertime potluck.

Spaghetti Salad | Caprese tossed into a delicious, chilled summer salad. Perfect for picnics and potlucks, this simple budget-friendly side also makes a great entree when topped with grilled chicken.

Tomato and Mozzarella Pesto Spaghetti Salad

Preparation 20 Cook Time 15 Serves 8     adjust servings

This Tomato and Mozzarella Pesto Spaghetti Salad is simple to prepare and refreshing on a hot summer day. It is a perfect addition to any summertime potluck.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. spaghetti pasta
  • 5 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1 cup Italian vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 1 lb. cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 6 ounces fresh small mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/3 cup chopped salami

Instructions

Prepare the pasta according to package instructions. Drain, then rinse in ice cold water until cooled. Place the cooled pasta in a large mixing bowl, such as the large bowl in the Good Cook OvenFresh Stoneware 3 Piece Mixing Bowl Set. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the pesto and Italian dressing together. Pour over the pasta and stir, using a spatula, until the pasta is coated. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until evenly distributed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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