Caprese-Style Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages; Beetles

It’s still salad season…..

But the salads have switched from greens to grains or, in this case, pasta.

Any kind of salad is welcome when the summer heat hits. In winter I love hearty soups and stews and lasagnes but in summer I want something light and easy that comes together with a minimal amount of work.

And when half of that work is done outside by mon mari it’s even better.

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Caprese-Style Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages

For an even easier salad use cubed deli ham or rotisserie chicken.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta Salad


  • 8oz (240gr) sausages, any kind
  • 4oz (125gr) fresn mozzarella, sliced into bite-size pieces 
  • 1216 cherry tomatoes, cut in half 
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • fresh basil  leaves
  • fresh chives
  • 1 1/4 cups (4oz, 120gr) dried farfalle
  • 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs good olive oil 


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • When done, drain and rinse lightly with cold water.  
  • Cook sausages on barbecue grill for 8 – 12 minutes or until done OR pan fry for same amount of time, until done.
  • Cut sausages into 1 inch slices. 
  • Add tomato, mozzarella, sausage and chives to pasta and toss lightly.  
  • In a bowl whisk the oil, a little at a time, into the vinegars. 
  • Add to pasta, tossing to combine.  
  • Arrange avocado slices around the edge of the pasta and top with basil leaves.
  • Serve.


A little bit of mustard helps the vinaigrette to emulsify.10

Keywords: pasta salad, caprese salad, sausages

Caprese Style Pasta Salad

As terrified as I am of spiders and centipedes in the house I am really not bothered by creepy crawly things when they’re outside.

I was going to say ‘in their natural environment’ but for the monster European house spider that we are blessed with, the natural environment is inside houses. I’m not sure which is scarier – the house spider or the wolf spiders we had when we lived on a lake. I am not showing you photos…. Google it your own self. Even a photo of a spider will give me nightmares.

On the other hand I found this interesting critter hiding under the hose yesterday:

He has the longest antenne of any beetle I’ve seen. I believe I have, with the help of Google, identified it as a Longhorn Beetle. Apparently they are easily found in our area of France and, of the many species, 2 of them are protected.

I really don’t need to know more…. I just thought it was cool and worth a trip back to the house for my camera.

It left while I took the camera back inside (too hot to leave it outside) so I continued on with the watering. Thanks to our 38C (100F) days I’ve been doing a lot of watering.

4 thoughts on “Caprese-Style Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages; Beetles”

  1. That pasta salad is right up my alley. I was scrounging in the fridge today to see what I could come up with salad wise for dinner tonight.

    I picked those three cukes yesterday, by the way. I’d mentioned they seemed to all be bitter. Well, the one I cut up last night for salad was fine, so I don’t know what’s going on. :/

    And what a cool spider! I had a really big Parson’s spider in the house yesterday. They are So Fast! But I have a clear cup and a big paint chip card I keep in the pantry. I drop the cup over, the card under and then out they go. I imagine his life, as small and short as it is, isn’t any less important to him than mine is to me.

    • OK, one not bitter? That is bizarre…. Throws all my theories out with the spider. I use that trick to get the lizards out. They like to come in but can never seem to find their way back out. They’re really fast, too lol

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