Antipasto Skewers

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.

Table of Contents
  1. What Does Antipasto Mean?
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to Make Them
  4. Expert Tips
  5. More Easy Appetizers You’ll Love
  6. Antipasto Skewers Recipe
two skewers with antipasto ingredients on a white plate

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.

Ingredients

  • 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.

How to Make Them

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full instructions.

Toss the Mozzarella and tortellini in Italian dressing.

tortellini and mozzarella balls in a clear glass bowl

Depending on the size, cut salami into small pieces.

salami on a cutting board

Slide everything onto the skewers. Arrange skewers onto a platter and serve with some Italian dressing for dipping.

showing the steps for making antipasto skewers

Expert Tips

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

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Antipasto Skewers

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 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 skewers
Calories 143kcal

Equipment

  • 12 appetizer skewers – about 6”

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 413mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 242IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 1mg
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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. 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.