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A twist on the classic Italian appetizer, these Antipasto Skewers are easy to throw together, elegant, and impossible to resist!! Add your favorite Italian meats, cheeses, and more and prepare for rave reviews!

This Cold Appetizer with an Italian Twist is perfect finger food for any gathering! 

Antipasto Skewers crossed on a round white plate

Antipasto Skewers

Heavy hors d’oeuvres was the request from our hostess. I always show up with a dessert as any gathering is an excuse to bake up something new (stay tuned for my Turtle Poke Cake), and I needed a non-labor intensive appetizer. Antipasto kabobs would work wonderfully!

A jar of piquillo peppers in my pantry became my inspiration. I started my shopping list for all those ingredients I would place on an antipasto platter.   Olives, artichoke hearts, cured meats, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes made the cut. A simple homemade vinaigrette with a spoonful of pesto would tie them all together. A cold appetizer recipe was terrific on a summer’s night.

Antipasto Skewers on a rectangular white tray

Easy Cold Appetizer

I added some basil leaves for color and threaded the ingredients onto skewers. Placing the salty meats near the mild mozzarella balls was part of my strategy along with a pop of red on each skewer. I used both prosciutto and small rounds of Genoa salami. These are totally customizable according to your preferences. Don’t like artichoke hearts? Leave them off.

Check your deli and take inspiration from what’s available. I made a quick vinaigrette with sherry vinegar, olive oil, and a dab of Dijon mustard. To add some Italian flare, about a teaspoon of basil pesto was whisked in. I didn’t want the basil leaves to wilt, so I drizzled the antipasto skewers just before serving.

And if you have any leftover ingredients, just add them to a bowl of lettuce for a fabulous salad. That’s what I did! Keep these in mind for the next time you need a quick appetizer. They’ll be the hit of the party.

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Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers

Traditional Italian antipasto served on skewers

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 16 skewers


  • 8 black olives
  • 8 green olives
  • 1 jar piquillo peppers
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts
  • 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella balls (sliced in half if large)
  • 4 prosciutto slices, cut in half lengthwise
  • 8 slices of Genoa salami (small diameter or cut larger slices in half or quarters)
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 16 cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup favorite vinaigrette
  • 1 teaspoon basil pesto
  • 16 wooden skewers


  1. Thread tomato, mozzarella, and basil onto each skewer. Add a slice of either prosciutto or salami, an artichoke heart or pepper, and an olive.
  2. Mix pesto into the vinaigrette. Drizzle with vinaigrette before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 skewers

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 1013mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g


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23 comments on “Antipasto Skewers”

  1. Oh how lovely!!! They look so delicious and I love the skewers you used!

  2. Meat on sticks = that’s one of my true loves in life!

  3. Love how easy these are and so attractive too!

  4. These are so clever…I love these skewers…no mess…thanks for the idea Liz!
    Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

  5. I do enjoy a lovely antipasto plate, what a great idea to make skeweres with them. And with this heat they would make a fine meal in itself!

  6. I would like mine in a bloody Mary, please….. Looks like delicious bites, Liz.

  7. no doubt in my mind I would devour these!

  8. So beautifully prepared and presented, Liz.

  9. Wow this antipasto is not only beautiful but yummy too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. That’s my kind of appy! Sounds perfect for any occasion:@)

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