Antipasto Skewers – An Easy Appetizer

Antipasto skewers: easy to make and perfect for any occasion. These antipasto skewers are excellent appetizers for parties, picnics, and more!

A couple months ago I shared a photo of the antipasto skewers I made for my friend’s baby shower that I co-hosted. I never planned on sharing how I slapped these puppies together because I figured it was self-explanatory. But someone asked again the other day so I figured it was best to put the recipe out there so I can direct people to it.

Antipasto Skewers

I bought most of the ingredients at Trader Joe’s. The only ingredients that weren’t purchased there were the wooden skewers, salad dressing, seasoning, and the kalamata olives, which I buy in bulk from Costco because I have a kalamata olive addiction.

The only thing in this antipasto skewer recipe that requires cooking is the tortellini. I cooked the tortellini according to package, rinsed in cold water, and combined the tortellini with the salad dressing. So while I had to put forth some effort in regards to the tortellini, it wasn’t awful.

Antipasto Skewers

Confession: I didn’t use basil on these. And here’s why:

1. basil leaves are expensive unless you grow basil, which I don’t.

2. I’d rather eat a spinach leaf over a basil leaf.

But you’re more than welcome to be traditional and use basil instead of spinach. You can stretch your basil by cutting each bigger leaf in half.

You can also jazz these up a little more with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. I prefer Trader Joe’s. YUM.

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Antipasto Skewers
Servings: 30 servings
  • 10 oz. cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 50 kalamata olives
  • 25 green olives
  • 50 grape tomatoes
  • 50 thinly slices of salami I used Calabrese
  • 25 marinated baby mozzarella balls
  • 100 spinach leaves can subsitute basil
  • 25 12-inch wooden skewers
  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a sealable container, combine the tortellini, dressing, and seasoning. Refrigerate for 1-4 hours, stirring the contents a few times. Gather remaining ingredients when ready to assemble skewers. There will most likely be leftover tortellini so grab tortellini directly from the container and put it on the skewer. Fold the salami slices into fourths. Fold the spinach leaves in half. Thread the wooden skewer the following way: kalamata olive, tomato, spinach, tortellini, spinach, salami, cheese, tortellini, spinach, salami, green olive, spinach, tomato, kalamata olive.

Keep in mind that you can change up the ingredients. Add some artichoke hearts, green olives, cherry tomatoes, plain mozzarella balls, etc. You can even add a drizzle of olive oil. The Italian possibilities are endless!

You can also cut this recipe in half or double it. I actually had some leftover ingredients so I through them into the container of marinaded tortellini and made a pasta salad of sorts. The nice thing about salads as that you can throw whatever you want in them.

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  1. I prefer spinach over a whole basil leaf as well! these are so pretty and sound amazing!

    1. I am not putting in tortellini- do you pour anything over them like balsamic?

  2. Oh my goodness! Your antipasto skewers look so YUMMY-and would be PERFECT for any summer gathering! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! PINNING and sharing!

  3. These are such cute skewers! Definitely perfect for a baby shower or a summer picnic or BBQ. Easy to hold and munch while mingling and sipping something delicious 🙂

  4. Wow what a fabulous app! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned & Sharing on FB! Have a great week!

  5. These are gorgeous and look so delicious too! I would love it if you linked up this post at the Family Joy Blog Link-up Party which starts on Sundays at 12 EST on Ava’s Alphabet and 5 other blogs. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  6. Happy Friday! Just letting you know I featured this in my weekly Low-Carb Recipe Love on Fridays post. Hope a lot of my readers will click over here and get the recipe!

  7. Wendie Madrid says:

    Hi, Love this antipasto recipe! Perfect for my daughter’s baby shower I’m planning. Can these be made the night before? And any suggestions on what to serve with them? Shower is with 25 people, mostly women, only 4 men, LOL.

    Thanks so much for your time!

    1. I omit the tortellini and set out a little basket of baguettes (like you use for bruchetta) I also ad pepperoni and ham as well as small chunks of provalone to the skewers. Antipasto skewers are so versatile you can make them any way you like.

  8. Huge hit last Christmas Eve. Planning on doing them again this year.

    1. Hi. Planning on doing it this Christmas Eve. Did you make them ahead of time or the morning of? What did you use for dressing. And is the tortellini the only thing that marinades. While all the other items stay plain? Should I salt and pepper everything when I display it. Help LOL

  9. Can I make theses the night before my party, without the dressing of course.
    Thank you.

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