Caprese Macaroni Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


7 servings

Updated: Oct. 27, 2023
When fresh tomatoes and basil are abundant in the summer, I like to make this wonderful Caprese macaroni salad. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas
Caprese Macaroni Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Italian salad dressing mix
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, slivered
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Cool completely.
  2. For dressing, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, dressing mix, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, mozzarella and macaroni. Add dressing; gently toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Top with basil and Parmesan before serving.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 397 calories, 31g fat (8g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 458mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.