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Black Bean Penne Caprese Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
23 mins
 

A delicious pasta salad made with black bean pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. A balsamic vinegar syrup is drizzled over the pasta salad right before serving.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Keyword: basil, black bean penne, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese
Servings: 4 servings
: 268 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 12 oz package black bean penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Make Balsamic Syrup
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar, honey and Dijon mustard to a small saucepan. Heat to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely. It will thicken considerably as it cools.
  3. Make Salad
  4. Fill a large pan with water. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Add pasta, cook 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain. In a large bowl toss pasta with 1 tablespoon of olive oil so the pasta doesn't stick together.
  5. Wash and slice the grape tomatoes in half and add them to the cooked black bean pasta. Cube the fresh mozzarella and add to the bowl. Wash and slice the basil leaves into thin ribbons. Add the basil to the bowl. Toss everything together with ¼ cup olive oil or to taste. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Divide salad between serving bowls. Right before serving, drizzle with balsamic vinegar syrup.
Recipe Notes

Black Bean Penne Caprese Salad can be made using any type of pasta such as: orzo or rotini pasta in place of the black bean pasta. Balsamic Vinaigrette can replace the Balsamic Vinegar Syrup or make your favorite "from scratch" balsamic vinaigrette.

Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Penne Caprese Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 2070mg90%
Potassium 360mg10%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1275IU26%
Vitamin C 16.2mg20%
Calcium 238mg24%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.