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Antipasto Skewers have all the elements of a charcuterie platter in an easy to make, appetizer on a stick! They are super simple to assemble, can be made in advance, and are perfect for parties.

antipasto skewers on a platter

Looking for an easy appetizer that will wow your guests? Take all of your favorite things from an Antipasto Platter or charcuterie board and turn them into Easy Antipasto Skewers! These individual serving sized appetizers require very little work for a pretty spectacular looking snack.

What Does Antipasto Mean?

Antipasto, loosely translated, means “before the meal” or, appetizer. These Italian Antipasto Skewers have all the elements of a classic Italian appetizer with a beautiful mixture of colors, texture, and flavor.


  • Mozzarella balls – these are usually found in the deli or specialty cheese section, often packaged in water. Also known as Bocconcini.
  • Cheese tortellini – I prefer the refrigerated tortellini, but you can also find it in the dried pasta section. Cook it and drain really well.
  • Italian dressing – Any bottled Italian salad dressing will do. My favorite is Kraft Zesty Italian. I use the same one on my Zesty Italian Pasta Salad.
  • Artichoke hearts – Marinated have the best flavors, but any of the canned or jarred artichokes are good.
  • Salami – You can really use any kind of hearty Italian sliced meat, or mix in a few different types. Prosciutto, pepperoni or soppressata are great options.
  • Cherry tomatoes – or grape tomatoes.
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Black olives – canned and drained. You can also use green olives or kalamata olives if that’s what you like. I prefer the black for the stark contrast in color. Marinated olives would be a delicious option too.

How to Make Them

See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Toss the Mozzarella and tortellini in Italian dressing.
  • Depending on the size, cut salami into small pieces.
  • Slide everything onto the skewers. Arrange skewers onto a platter and serve with some Italian dressing for dipping.
tortellini and mozzarella balls in a clear glass bowl
salami on a cutting board
showing the steps for making antipasto skewers

Expert Tips

  • Make it beautiful: These skewers are all about presentation. Alternate colors and shapes for a gorgeous presentation.
  • Customize: Feel free to use your favorite Italian meats or another type of cheese. Add other veggies too, like chilled cooked asparagus, marinated mushrooms, or red peppers. Just about anything you would find in an Antipasto Pasta Salad or on a platter, can go on a stick.
  • Garnish: Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze or sprinkle on some Italian seasoning.
  • Make Ahead: Antipasto can be prepared a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  • Storing leftovers: Cover tightly and refrigerate. They will stay fresh for 2-3 days. If the pasta seems a little dry, you can drizzle with or dip in Italian dressing.
  • Bonus points: The leftovers are great for school lunches!
italian meat and cheese on a skewers

More Easy Appetizers You’ll Love


Antipasto Skewers

5 from 3 votes
Easy to make Antipasto Skewers are like pasta salad on a stick! Made with salami, olives, artichokes, cheese, tortellini and fresh basil.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 skewers


  • 12 appetizer skewers – about 6”


  • 12 mozzarella balls (bocconcini) cherry tomato size
  • 24 cheese tortellini cooked, drained and cooled
  • ¼ cup bottled italian dressing
  • 12 pieces of quartered canned artichoke drained
  • 12 salami slices
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • 24 black olives
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  • In a large bowl, combine the mozzarella balls, cooled tortellini and italian dressing. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  • Slice the salami in half and fold into quarters. Set aside.
  • Carefully pierce the ingredients onto the skewers in the following order: Black olive, tortellini, salami, tomato, basil leaf, mozzarella, artichoke, salami, tortellini, tomato, basil leaf, black olive.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate.
  • Tip: I like to serve mine with a side of extra italian for dipping.


Make Ahead: Antipasto can be prepared a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Storing leftovers: Cover tightly and refrigerate. They will stay fresh for 2-3 days. If the pasta seems a little dry, you can drizzle with or dip in Italian dressing.
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Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 413mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 242IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Charla sage says:

    These antipasta sticks are a fantastic idea. I thoroughly enjoy all your recipes. You need to do cookbook and sell it. I would be first in line. Great job.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Charla, what a sweet comment – thank you! You can in fact, purchase our E-Cookbook HERE!