What could be better than a caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil, and sliced garden tomatoes?
Low-carb caprese pasta salad!
This recipe uses flavors and ingredients of the classic Caprese and puts a spin on them. Cooking the tomatoes with olive oil turns them into a pasta sauce and lets their flavor burst out. Then you toss the tomatoes with pasta, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Adding balsamic vinegar finishes off this delicious and appetizing dish.
The crazy thing is its nutrition. It's packed with fiber, getting 18 grams from Great Low-Carb Pasta - Rotini and more from the tomatoes. The olive oil offers heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. The pasta has 12 grams of protein, plus the cheese adds more.
Even though it is so tasty, this Caprese Pasta recipe is low in carbs thanks to Great Low Carb Pasta - Rotini. Each serving has only 7 grams of net carbs
You prepare the pasta just like regular rotini by boiling it for 10 minutes.
This recipe can be a meal in itself, or you can serve it with some whole-grain bread. For a lower carb accompaniment that uses up leftovers, you can add cooked chicken breast near the end of cooking the tomatoes. Fresh berries can be a healthy dessert.
The dish is great warm or cold, and it keeps in the fridge for 3 days. Served cold, it makes a refreshing summer dinner or main course on a picnic.
Enjoy this twist on a classic Italian dish!
Recipe for Low-Carb Caprese Pasta Salad
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook and chill time: 40 minutes