Italian Antipasto Salad

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This delicious antipasto salad reminds me of my time in Italy at culinary school. It’s fresh and full of flavor! 

Antipasto salad in wood bowl with wooden salad spoons

Antipasto salad is one of my favorite salads to serve with any Italian dinner. Although many Americans think that this is a dish you see all over Italy, it’s really not. Italian salads are much more simple. Think arugula, fresh tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Although they do serve platters of salami, artichokes, marinated mushrooms, cheeses and vegetables drizzled with olive oil and balsamic. This would be their version (without lettuce) of the antipasto salad (pictured below).

Italian Aperitivo Spread

This salad recipe is more of an American inspired salad, but still it is so delicious! And this antipasto salad does use traditional Italian ingredients however. It reminds me of the best of an aperitivo. 

An aperitivo is a time before dinner where Italians love to get together to have a dink and a light small bite. It’s very popular in Italian culture and a fun time to spend with family or friends.

Most small bites consist of olives, cheese, cold cuts, or potato chips. Although some restaurants go all out and have delicious pizzas, caprese skewers or even pasta! 

To me, this antipasto salad recipe combines this amazing traditional aperitivo experience into a delicious salad full of Italian flavors. 

Italian Antipasto Pizza

What To Serve With This Salad:

This salad goes well with just about everything but these are my favorite recipes to serve with it. 

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Antipasto salad ingredients

Antipasto Salad Ingredients:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Mixed Greens
  • Cucumber
  • Jarred Red Peppers
  • Salami
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Croutons
  • Lemon Juice and Zest
  • Fresh Basil
  • Honey
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper

Optional Additions: pepperoni, pepperoncini, proscuitto, heirloom tomatoes, marinated mushrooms

How To Make Antipasto Salad:

This salad is pretty simple to make. Prep all your salad ingredients ahead of time and then toss everything together with the dressing right when you are about to serve. 

1
Chop the washed romaine lettuce and place in a large salad bowl.
2
Add 3 cups mixed greens. Toss to combine.
3
Dice half of an English cucumber.
4
Slice 1/2 cup jarred red bell pepper.
5
Roughly chop 1/2 cup jarred marinated artichoke hearts.
6
Slice 1/4 cup kalamata olives.
7
Dice 1/2 cup salami into small chunks.
8
Add the chopped vegetables along with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
9
Top with 1 cup croutons.
10
Make dressing by combining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 Tbs white balsamic, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbs basil, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt and pepper.
11
Toss the salad with desired amount of dressing and serve.
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Recipe:

Antipasto salad in wood bowl with wooden salad spoons

Antipasto Salad

Yield: Serves 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Full of Italian flavors this antipasto salad is great for an Italian themed dinner.

Ingredients

  • 3 small heads romaine lettuce, washed and dried and cut
  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup jarred red bell pepper, drained, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup jarred marinated artichoke hearts, drained, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup salami, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup croutons

For The Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chiffonade
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the lettuces to your salad bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the salad ingredients.
  3. Prepare the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in a mason jar. Seal the jar and shake well to combine.
  4. Toss the salad with desired amount of dressing and serve.

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