Antipasto Salad is a simple and delicious lunch or dinner idea – you’ll love it!
Antipasto Salad, almost a full meal in itself, was inspired by my grandmother. What is an antipasto salad, you ask? Only the best combination of cured meats, cheeses, and vegetables ever to grace a table, my friends!
A good antipasto salad recipe will bring to mind all the yummy cured meats and pickled veggies like my grandmother would set out before a big Italian meal. Blend those flavors with some creamy Italian dressing and red or pickled onions.
Whether or not you had the good fortune to have an Italian grandmother, this salad will have you saying mama mia! Try it with ranch dressing too!
This Antipasto Salad Recipe was originally a sponsored collaboration with Walmart.
Antipasto Salad Ingredients
This salad is quick to come together with almost no prep and tastes as bright and refreshing as it looks. It can be served as a meal on its own or to complement to family pizza night like we did, for an effortless meal. Even if it doesn’t bring back childhood memories for you, it will still taste delicious!
Lettuce – I prefer a Spring Mix for it’s combination of colors and flavors. It is also full of small leaves, which minimizes any preparation (like cutting) that you need to do!
Red Onion – Thinly slice the onion so that it doesn’t overwhelm any forkfuls. You could also bring it up a notch by using pickled onions.
Olives – Use an assortment for all the flavors and colors!
Cured Meats – I used salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni.
Pickled Red Pepper – You’ll find this in a jar near the pickles.
Pepperocini – These little peppers pack a nice punch without being overwhelmingly hot.
Creamy Italian Dressing – Yeah, you could buy it bottles but why? This recipe is fast and easy and oh, so. much. better.
How Do You Make Antipasto Salad
First, layer the salad.
Then, top with meats, pickled vegetables, onion, and olives,
Finally, drizzle with salad dressing and serve on its own or with meatball soup!
What Do You Put On An Antipasto Platter
An Antipasto Platter Can typically has all the ingredients of the salad, except the lettuce. It will also usually have the addition of some garlic bread and cheeses.
What Else Can Go Into An Antipasto Salad
Antipasto Salads can have so many variations! Add some mozzarella balls or other Italian cheeses, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, tomatoes – basically you can choose your favorites.
What’s The Difference Between Antipasto and Antipasti
Antipasto is a traditional first course of an Italian meal (literally “before the meal”). Antipasti is the plural form of antipasto. You could consider Antipasto the “appetizer” course of the meal.
Italians know how to make a meal special! The antipasto is followed by the primi (usually pasta), the secundi (meats), contorni (vegetables and salads), formaggi (cheeses), and dolci (deserts).
Can You Make Antipasto Salad Ahead Of Time
You can make your antipasto salad ahead of time. Refrigerate the platter covered in plastic wrap for up to a day in advance and don’t add the dressing until the course is served.
Do You Have To Refrigerate An Antipasto Salad
You should refrigerate an antipasto salad. Although the dressing may be oil based, it is still safer to refrigerate. It will also keep the fresh taste.
How Long Will An Antipasto Salad Last In The Refrigerator
An antipasto salad will last a few days in the refrigerator, depending on the ingredients. Cover the platter with some plastic wrap for freshness.
Does Antipasto Salad Have Pasta In It
Antipasto salad does not have pasta in it. It is traditionally served as the first course, before the pasta and other courses.
If you wanted to make an antipasto pasta salad, trade the lettuce for cooked noodles, chop the meats and vegetables to bite size, and toss with the dressing.
Can You Eat Antipasto Salad When Pregnant
You can eat antipasto salad when pregnant. The only caveat being, check with your doctor about the cured meats as lunch meats are known for harboring listeria which can be harmful to pregnant women.
Many women also find that spicy things can cause heartburn so you may want to lay off the peppers. Always check with your OB as your situation may be unique.
Is Antipasto Salad Keto
Antipasto salad can be keto, depending on what you choose to make it with. The Antipasto Salad recipe I have provided would fall into the keto category, as it is mainly meat and vegetables. My creamy Italian dressing is also low in carbs.
Is Antipasto Salad Healthy
Antipasto salad could be considered healthy, depending on your dietary needs and how you structure the plate. For Keto, low carbers, and Paleo folks the meats add some nice fats (and if they come from grass fed animals, higher nutrition). The olives are also a great source of mono-unsaturated fats.
For those following a low calorie or low fat diet, you would want to focus on the vegetable and pepper portions of the salad and minimize how much salad dressing you add.
Any way you slice it, the salad is chock full of phytonutrients from the vegetables, good fats from the olives, and is fairly nutrient dense.
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Antipasto Salad Making Tools
Santuko knife – My favorite knife for cutting vegetables! This knife is the perfect size and shape, handles great, and is super reasonably priced. Also, I just love that it’s fun and colorful!
Mandolin slicer – Make thin refrigerator pickles, or curly fries, and shaved pickled onion. You won’t get a better or quicker thin slice than with this mandolin. Just make sure to use the safety guard, no one *actually* wants a knuckle sandwich!
End grain cutting board – This is my absolute favorite cutting board and the one that I get the most compliments on. And p.s. I have a lot of cutting boards. It really is absolutely stunning, and knows how to take a beating. We use it every single day!
How to Make Antipasto Salad
- Lettuce I prefer a Spring Mix
- Red onion thin sliced
- Olives assorted
- Cured meats I used salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni
- Pickled red pepper
- Creamy Italian Dressing