Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad - a light and delicious salad filled with orzo, fresh mozzarella cubes, tomatoes and basil. Definitely a new favorite and so simple!

Spring and summer time means it times to break out the salads. I love salads all year long, but something about the warm weather makes me crave them ALL. THE. TIME! Are you with me?

It was a few years ago that I fell in love with the combination of fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato. And it wasn’t too long ago that I had Orzo pasta for the first time and fell in love as well. Add all of these together and you have today’s recipe – Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad. It is a very simple recipe that is light and delicious. Even my hubby, who doesn’t enjoy salads too much, really liked it. The salad is perfect for BBQs or potlucks and can be made pretty quick, making it a keeper. I know many people like Caprese salads (as do I), so next time I try it I may add a little bit of a reduced balsamic vinegar drizzled on top. Having said that, this salad is great as is and I think you’ll enjoy it too. Here’s what you’ll need…

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Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad - a light and delicious salad filled with orzo, fresh mozzarella cubes, tomatoes and basil. Definitely a new favorite and so simple!
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 1270 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo pasta uncooked
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese balls cubed
  • 2 plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil fresh, chopped
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo as directed on box. Drain and let cool.

  2. Place pasta, tomatoes, basil and cheese cubes in a large boil. Add salt and olive oil and gently mix until all the ingredients are coated with the oil. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.

Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad - a light and delicious salad filled with orzo, fresh mozzarella cubes, tomatoes and basil. Definitely a new favorite and so simple!

Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad - a light and delicious salad filled with orzo, fresh mozzarella cubes, tomatoes and basil. Definitely a new favorite and so simple!

So tasty!! My favorite thing is that it’s so light and is healthier than the salads caked with dressing (although I like those too). 😉

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Pictures for this recipe were re-taken by Lil’ Luna contributor, Alicia, of The Baker Upstairs

Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad - a light and delicious salad filled with orzo, fresh mozzarella cubes, tomatoes and basil. Definitely a new favorite and so simple!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Your photos are making my mouth water! I am going to have to make this when I can start harvesting basil from the garden. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Hi Kristyn,
    I LOVE your headshot – you are beautiful! However, whenever you have a new post, it shows up in my feedly (blog reader) for each of your posts no matter what the subject is. Most of the other blogs I follow have a picture having to do with that post. I am a blog hoarder so I do a lot of skimming and I am a picture person so it would help if you could change it to show a picture from the post. Not sure how to do it but I thought I would mention. You have a lot of great stuff!