These antipasto skewers are a favorite snack and can be made well in advance!

Make these mini appetizers for a picnic, a party, or add them to a buffet table for guests to grab and go!

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Any time of the year is a good time for these festive little “portable salads!”

What is Antipasto?

Antipasto, loosley translated to “before the pasta”, and is an Italian favorite.

We often order antipasto at our favorite Italian restaraunt and it is served on a board similar to a charcuterie board but truly, antipasto can consist of many different things.

In this case, I combine my favorite cheeses, meats and Italian inspired ingredients and thread them onto skewers.

Alternating other ingredients with olives and cherry tomatoes, separated by small leaves of fresh basil adds flavor and makes for a great presentaton!

ingredients to make antipasto skewers

What to Add

There are so many ideas that can make these tasty apps a signature dish!

Soft, creamy balls of bocconcini (I marinate my own but you can buy marinated) and cheese tortellini.

Slices of salami or any other Italian-style meats you have on hand!

Cherry tomatoes are fresh and sweet while olives and artichoke hearts add salt. Chilled grilled asparagus or other veggies are great too.

antipasto skewers on a wooden board with some skewers on the side

How to Make Antipasto Skewers

Similar to Caprese Skewers, antipasto skewers can be made a day ahead as long as they are covered and refrigerated.

  1. Marinate the bocconcini balls in Italian dressing at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Cook and cool tortellini and marinate it according to the recipe below.
  3. Thread all of the ingredients on 6” wooden skewers and place on a platter

Alternate the colors and shapes for a great presentation! Cover the platter with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle with herbs and drizzle with a balsamic reduction if desired!

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Antipasto Skewers

These Antipasto Skewers are a delicious, fun twist on a classic appetizer!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinade Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
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  • 12 bocconcini cocktail sized
  • 5 tablespoons Italian dressing divided
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 pitted olives
  • 24 cheese-filled tortellini
  • 12 marinated artichokes
  • 12 slices roasted red pepper about 1" each
  • 24 slices salami or substitute half for Mortedella
  • balsamic reduction & fresh basil and parsley for garnish optional


  • Combine bocconcini and 2 tablespoons Italian dressing. Marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain well and run under cold water to stop cooking. Toss with Italian dressing and let marinate 1 hour.
  • Thread items on 6" wooden skewers alternating colors and textures.
  • Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Sprinkle with herbs and drizzle with balsamic reduction just before serving if desired.


Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to serve, for up to 24 hours. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 220 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 534IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Party Food
Cuisine American, Italian
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  1. Made these for a family get together. They were a huge hit!! The variety of items and colors on the skewer made were pleasing to the eye and the palate. Next time I might add some marinated mushrooms to a few skewers.5 stars

  2. These were great! The tortellini and balsamic reduction take it over the top from other similar recipes. In fact there were 2 versions of this at the party I attended and mine was devoured and the other had left overs. Thank you for the great quick and easy crowd pleaser.5 stars

  3. Made these for my daughter’s baby shower. She requested small bites. These were absolutely a show stopper.!! Both gorgeous and delicious! I wish I could post a photo! I put them on a large round dish like a pinwheel so so pretty!! They were so yummy! We used tri color tomatoes.

    1. I am so happy to hear these skewers were a hit Lisa! If you want to share a picture you can post one on Instagram and tag us at @spendpennies.

  4. I took these wonderful skewers to a community event and everyone loved them! The basil and balsamic glaze were a wonderful finishing touch. It did take a bit of time to put them together (40 of them) but it was well worth it.5 stars

    1. Hi Carrie, we love to serve a good Cabernet Sauvingnon with these or if you prefer white wine, a Pinot Grigio would be nice as well.