If you are the sort of person who believes that a cheeseboard can stand in for a full meal, then this Antipasto Salad will be to your taste. And, might I add, your taste is excellent.

A white bowl of Italian Antipasto Salad with romaine, salami, vegetables, olives, and prosciutto with balsamic dressing

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Antipasto is the traditional first course of an Italian meal.

It usually includes a mix of assorted cured meats like prosciutto and salami, cheeses, and marinated vegetables like artichokes and red peppers.

What is the difference between antipasto and antipasto salad?

Essentially, the lettuce is the only difference.

This is why it is called antipasto salad, because all these common first course ingredients are mixed into one delicious salad.

An antipasto salad is made of classic Italian starter items that are piled atop crisp greens, with a simple balsamic vinaigrette that ties this whole tasty situation together.

Like a good cheeseboard or Italian Pasta Salad, this simple antipasto salad recipe makes friends wherever it goes. IT:

  • Is perfect to take along to potlucks.
  • Pulls together quickly for a speedy side.
  • Makes for a breezy and satisfying no-cook summer dinner (this Italian Chopped Salad is another great option).

Just about the only way I can imagine improving this antipasto salad is by washing it down with a glass of crisp wine.

Ready for your new go-to summer salad? Looking for an especially elevated excuse to turn a cheeseboard into dinner? Antipasto salad is the recipe for you!

Ingredients for Italian Antipasto Salad on a cutting board

5 Star Review

“It was superb. Everyone loved it. I could eat this salad every day.”

— Carol —

How to Make Antipasto Salad

Like traditional antipasto, the success of antipasto salad relies on its ingredients.

Choose good-quality ingredients (no deli antipasto salad) and arrange them with care, and you’ll be rewarded with a dish that is so sublime, you’ll wonder if it’s ever worth cooking again.


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Mixing up dressing for Italian Antipasto Salad

The Ingredients

  • Romaine + Arugula. Our cold antipasto salad recipe starts with a base of crisp chopped romaine and peppery arugula.
  • Prosciutto. Silky and salty, this is always the first item on my antipasto board to disappear.
  • Salami. Everyone loves it (including me!).
  • Olives. A little briny. A lotta salty. I struggle with commitment and like a medley of olives here, but feel free to stick with just one if you have a preference. Do not use the olives from a can; while they have their place (supreme pizza), they don’t cut it here (nor in Niçoise Salad).
  • Marinated Artichoke Hearts. To lighten things up.
  • Roasted Red Peppers. Colorful and sweet.
  • Feta. Salty, creamy, and absolutely scrumptious on this salad.

Substitution Tip

Big shavings of Parmesan or mini mozzarella pearls would be super yummy too.

  • Cherry Tomatoes. Bright and juicy, they bring the salad balance.
  • Antipasto Salad Dressing. Some good-quality extra virgin olive oil, Dijon, garlic, and balsamic vinegar create a light and flavorful dressing that brings this salad to life.

The Directions

  1. Add the romaine and arugula to a bowl. Whisk the dressing ingredients together, then pour half of it over the lettuce.
  2. Top the lettuce with the remaining salad ingredients. Add a bit more of the dressing. Finish with the feta and parsley. DIG IN!

Wine Pairing

Pair this salad with a dry Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Gavi.

A bowl of Italian Antipasto Salad

Dietary Note

  • This salad is low carb. If you want even fewer carbs (or were looking to make a keto antipasto salad), you can switch up the antipasto ingredients you add, maximizing low-carb toppings and minimizing toppings with a higher count.
  • For a vegetarian antipasto salad, add extra veggies. Replace the meat with a can of rinsed, drained chickpeas.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Cover and refrigerate leftover salad for up to 1 day.

Meal Prep Tip

Up to 1 day in advance, chop the lettuce, prosciutto, salami, roasted red peppers, and tomatoes. Refrigerate until you’re ready to assemble the salad. You can also whisk the dressing ingredients together up to 1 day in advance, refrigerating until you’re ready to prepare the salad.

A white bowl with Italian Antipasto Salad

What to Serve with Antipasto Salad

A bowl of Italian Antipasto Salad

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Mixing Bowls. Ideal for preparing and serving this Mediterranean antipasto salad.
  • Non-Slip Cutting Board. This cutting board won’t slip away while you’re prepping the ingredients.
  • Salad Spinner. The easiest way to wash and dry lettuce.

The Best Mixing Bowls

With a variety of sizes, these glass mixing bowls will help you prepare any recipe. They’re dishwasher and microwave-safe too!

Antipasto salad in a white bowl

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Bright with Italian flavor and ingredients, this recipe superbly combines light, fresh elements like romaine and cherry tomatoes with rich, satisfying ones.

You’ll want this sensational salad at your side (and on your plate!) all summer long.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Add Pasta to Antipasto Salad?

For antipasto salad with pasta, toss the salad with 8 ounces of cooked whole wheat pasta noodles. Make extra dressing and drizzle it over the salad to moisten as needed.

How Can I Serve Antipasto Salad for a Crowd?

When serving a crowd, I prefer to serve an antipasto salad misto-style instead of an antipasto salad platter. Misto means “mixed” in Italian. After topping the salad with the antipasto ingredients, give everything a big toss to combine them all together. The platter presentation is when you leave each ingredient separated in the bowl. It’s striking and shows off each element individually, but can make it difficult for guests to ensure they’re sampling a little of all the ingredients.

How Can I Repurpose Leftover Salad?

If you’re looking for a fun way to use up leftover salad, try making an antipasto salad pizza. Top my Whole Wheat Pizza Dough with the ingredients, or try them on a Naan Pizza.

Antipasto Salad

5 from 5 votes
Low Carb Antipasto Salad. EASY crowd favorite! Chopped romaine topped with Italian classics like salami, olives and prosciutto, in a quick balsamic dressing.

Prep: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins

Servings: 6 servings




  • 1/4 cup DeLallo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • In an extra-large bowl, place the romaine and arugula. In a small bowl or measuring cup, make the dressing: Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper until smoothly combined (or put all of the dressing ingredients in a mason jar, seal, and shake to combine). Pour half of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. The leaves should be lightly moistened.
  • Arrange the salami, prosciutto, artichokes, olives, red peppers, and tomatoes on top of the greens. Drizzle with a bit more dressing to moisten. Sprinkle with feta and parsley. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving.


Serving: 1of 6Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 10gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 35mgPotassium: 439mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1520IUVitamin C: 53.3mgCalcium: 117mgIron: 2mg

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  1. This looks so yummy. What a great idea for easy entertaining! May I ask which Balsamic Vinegar you prefer and where you purchased it?

    1. Hi Robin! I used DeLallo balsamic for this! You can find it at many grocery stores or online here.

  2. Beautiful presentation either way. When I make this I am substituting either cubed mozzarella or cubed provolone cheese. I cringed when I saw feta. That’s Greek not Italian. Thanks for sharing a different take on antipasto.5 stars

    1. Elise Marie, it’s definitely a bit of a mash up :) It would be great with mozzarella or provolone too!

      1. Awwwah Elise, your first name is my daughter’s middle name and your middle name is my middle!!!

  3. Thank you so much Erin. You would not believe that I live in Clarksville, TN near Nashville and can’t find a good antipasto salad. I decided to go online to look for a good salad that was close to my liking. I came across some very good recipes, but your recipe was very generic. The ingredients you use, my stores had available. I put this salad together in a matter of minutes. Let it chill in the refrigerator until dinner. Spread some butter and garlic spread on some Italian bread, toasted in oven and called it a meal. Very satisfying and extremely delicious. I have added this recipe to my list of must keep salad.5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this recipe, Annette! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  4. Made this yesterday and it was delicious!  I used cubed mozzarella instead of feta and fresh peppers instead of jarred. 

    The only problem I had was that the lettuce was so wilted and soggy after it sat in the fridge for an hour.  Next time (and there will be a next time!) I will put the dressing on maybe 10-15 min before serving.  5 stars

  5. I made two platters of this for Christmas dinner to go with cannelloni.
    It was superb. Everyone loved it and the red and green were so pretty. I marinated the artichoke hearts myself, because I don’t like the liquid in pre-marinated jars. As stated, go light on the dressing, because of the other marinated items. I could eat this salad every day.❤️❤️❤️5 stars