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Best Antipasto Salad: Teen Approved

This antipasto salad is full of all the best Italian flavors of antipasto, the delicious first course of an Italian meal, but in a big dinner-sized salad the whole family will love.
Antipasto Salad on a platter with 2 plates, two napkins, two forks.

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Need a salad everyone will love, EVEN TEENAGERS?? Try this Antipasto Salad! Now the best thing about an Antipasto Platter is that it’s SO easy to customize, you use what you have on hand, and this flavorful salad is the same exact way! Use what you have, leave off what you don’t, and it’s still delicious, that’s the best part. Flexibility is the key to getting dinner on the table some nights and this recipe is nothing but flexible!

Antipasto Salad on a platter with 2 plates, two napkins, two forks.

It’s got everything you love about antipasto, the traditional first course of an Italian meal, cured meats, tasty cheeses, and fresh and cured vegetables but mixed together into a salad and dressed with your favorite Italian dressing! So quick, so easy, and so delish.

All the toppings on top of an antipasto salad.

Serve this salad as a main course with my ciabatta bread or this super simple peasant bread recipe, or even use cheese crisps as I did. OR stuff it into big crusty bread rolls for an easy sandwich variation. You don’t even need a side dish when you serve this salad for dinner

A plate of antipasto salad with a fork next to a napkin and the salad platter.

Great for dinner when it’s too hot to cook, or when you need something fast and filling. Using the lists of ingredients and alternative ingredients shop your fridge and pantry or the local grocery store for everything you want or need. Don’t like store-bought Italian dressing? Make your own using red wine vinegar, olive oil, and some herbs.

Other salads we LOVE to have for dinner

Club Sandwich Salad is always a HIT! And our kids have ALWAYS loved this Crispy Chicken Salad. And if it’s just me I LOVE this Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad!

Ingredients for antipasto salad.

salad ingredients

  • torn iceberg lettuce you can use romaine lettuce
  • cubed cheddar cheese
  • cubed provolone cheese
  • genoa salami
  • pepperoni
  • red peppers
  • grape tomatoes
  • sliced pepperoncini
  • sliced shallot
  • kalamata olives
  • Italian Salad Dressing
  • parsley for garnish *optional*

Tools you need:

  • large bowl
  • tongs
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • slotted spoon or strainer
  • large platter

Alternative or extra ingredients found on antipasto platters that you can add to your salad

  • artichoke hearts
  • red onions
  • green olives
  • black olives
  • any cured Italian meats
  • banana peppers
  • fresh mozzarella cheese or mozzarella balls
  • parmesan cheese
  • roasted red peppers
  • fresh basil
  • sliced fresh tomatoes
  • Edible Flowers such as Nasturtiums

To make this salad

You’ll do best to make this salad in a bowl and toss it together. Once you’re ready to serve you should pour on your Italian dressing, toss to coat, then place the salad on a large platter. Do not add the dressing until right before you serve this salad or the whole thing will wilt. Still edible but less pretty.

Tossing ingredients together for the salad.

You can ALSO make the salad by preparing everything except the lettuce in a bowl, and also prepare a bed of lettuce ahead of time on the platter. When you’re ready to serve pour the toppings over the bed of lettuce. Pour the dressing over the top and serve. The only difference between the two preparations is one is all tossed together and the other is just layered. Both versions make an equally good salad.

Salad plate full of salad and a fork and crackers.

Either way, you prepare it garnish your salad with fresh parsley or basil leaves if desired. Add some crackers (those are Sonoma County Pepper Jack Crisps on the plate), croutons, or crusty bread rolls, and serve this salad.

Salad on a platter with two plates, two forks, and two napkins.

If you have leftovers

Once you’ve put dressing on this salad it is best to eat it pretty much right away. If you have leftovers they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. They will get watery so be prepared for that.

Antipasto Salad on a platter with 2 plates, two napkins, two forks.

Antipasto Salad

5 from 76 votes
This antipasto salad is full of all the best Italian flavors of antipasto, the delicious first course of an Italian meal, but in a big dinner-sized salad the whole family will love.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean Inspired
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 346kcal
Author: Laura
Print Recipe


  • 10 cups lettuce torn or chopped your choice
  • 1 cup pepperoncini
  • 1 cup kalamata olives pitted
  • 3 ounces provolone cheese
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 3 ounces pepperoni sliced thin, and cut in pieces
  • 3 ounces salami sliced thin, and cut in pieces
  • 1/2 cup red pepper chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • fresh parsley


  • put torn lettuce in a large mixing bowl
  • add everything to the bowl up through the grape tomatoes
  • cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
  • add dressing toss to coat
  • pour salad onto a large serving platter
  • add parsley and some fresh ground black pepper
  • serve with bread or cracker alongside


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1302mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1631IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 1mg

A HUGE platter of Antipasto Salad.
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About Laura

Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

5 thoughts on “Best Antipasto Salad: Teen Approved”

  1. 5 stars
    This salad felt just like sitting down to the antipasto platter at a family Italian restaurant! I ate it for a main and didn’t need much else beside it.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, this was delish! I loved adding all my favorite ingredients to a salad and everyone loved it. I served it with steaks but the salad stole the show!

  3. 5 stars
    We made this with vegan pepperoni and it was a real hit! The whole family loved it. Such a nice medley of textures and flavors. 🙂


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