I like to serve Antipasto Salad as part of party buffets. The salad is delicious and easy to put together…. isn’t very expensive to make…. and best of all… takes only about 10 minutes to put it together.
I like to chop and prepare the ingredients ahead of time… then assemble it when I put together my buffet… it only takes a few minutes.
Antipasto salads can be made with a wide variety of ingredients… personal taste, availability of ingredients and budget dictate what to include. Most often they are made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and vegetables and sometimes pasta.
The salad I made included lettuces, tomato, thinly sliced then julienned salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese, sliced black olives, chopped roasted red peppers…I usually slice red onion into rings and add them as well.
Dress the salad with your personal choice of a vinaigrette … I recommend a seasoned oil and vinegar or Italian dressing.
I used a store bought one that I highly recommend… Lily’s Northern Italian Dressing…. the company is owned by Ken’s… unfortunately the dressing isn’t available everywhere… but if you see it … you should try it… it’s terrific.
I also used a bagged salad… from Fresh Express… you may recall I did a product review on their salads a while ago… they’re great…. and the convenience can’t be beat.
The quantities used made the platter shown…. it should serve four…. Depending on what other foods you serve with it… it would make a great salad for dinner with some fresh bread…. maybe some soup with it….then it would serve only two.
Recipe: Antipasto Salad
All you need:
1 bag salad (your preference type.. I used Butter Lettuces)
1 tomato, cut up
6 thin slices Genoa Salami, julienned
6 thin slices Provolone cheese, julienned
6 thin slices Pepperoni, julienned
¼ cup sliced black olives
2 slices of red onion (cut into ¼ inch slices), separated into rings
1 roasted red pepper (jarred in oil), chopped
Italian vinaigrette (your choice)
All you need to do:
If you plan to dress the salad yourself… add all ingredients into a large bowl and toss to mix… then add your dressing and toss to coat…. then pour the ingredients on a platter.
OR…. if you want to keep the dressing on the side and let everyone take the amounts they want (I usually do this)….then...
On a large platter, arrange the lettuce.
Layer all ingredients on top of the lettuce.
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