Antipasto on a stick is a great way to get the classic Italian flavors you love, served in an updated fashion. An easy no-cook appetizer, that is ready in less than 30-minutes, you will be ready for any potluck or holiday gathering you attend with a dish that is a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Mini Antipasto Skewers
While an antipasto platter is certainly a welcome dinner in our home, and a great item to bring to a gathering, these antipasto skewers are even better.
What are antipasto skewers? Simply skewers that we place all of the classic antipasto ingredients on. There is something about food served on a skewer that is ideal for appetizers and makes the presentation super eye appealing.
Antipasto on a stick is perfect for those who are following gluten-free, low-carb, keto, and sugar-free lifestyles. They can easily be adapted to accommodate dairy-free eaters as well.
Whether you are looking for a quick appetizer for home, an afternoon snack, a simple no-cook dinner, or something you can bring to a group event, this antipasto on a stick recipe is perfect!
Why you'll love this Antipasto Skewer Recipe
- Super customizable, your antipasto skewers can be adapted to fit your unique eating lifestyle and tastes.
- Make with meat, cheese, and vegetables, antipasto on a stick is a great snack, appetizer, or even a light dinner.
- Serve as-is or with your choice of dressing or dips.
- A no-cook dish means you can create as many or as few skewers as you need quickly and easily.
Looking for more amazing appetizers that your whole family will love? Be sure to check out our Caprese skewers with balsamic glaze, ham and pickle roll-ups, and stuffed mushrooms with bacon and cheese.
Antipasto Kebabs Ingredients
Your antipasto on a stick skewers will only be as good as the ingredients you use. Make sure you are using fresh items for the best results.
- cherry or grape tomatoes - small, whole tomatoes work best for your skewers
- marinated artichoke hearts - we used artichokes marinated in oil with herbs, but any kind or un-marinated artichoke hearts will work too.
- fresh basil leaves
- salami slices - we used two kinds, summer sausage wedges and thinly slices folded up
- mozzarella balls - herb-marinated or plain
- kalamata olives- any type of olive will work without pits
- optional - balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and pesto
Antipasto Sticks Variations
Antipasto on a stick is easy to customize based on what you have on hand or personal preference. Other ideas to add include pepperoncini peppers, green olives, avocado cubes, cheese cubes, roasted red peppers, prosciutto, or pepperoni.
- Dairy-Free - To make your antipasto skewers dairy-free simply omit the mozzarella balls and adding avocado cubes instead.
How to make Antipasto Skewers
Since antipasto on a stick is a no-cook recipe, you will be done with this dish in just a few minutes!
1. Prep Ingredients
Lay out all ingredients on a work surface.
Drain your mozarella balls and artichoke hearts.
Chop your basil leaves into 4 pieces each for a total of 12 pieces.
For our skewers, we cut larger ones down to about 6" long.
Thread the ingredients onto a long wooden skewer, placing one of each antipasto item on the stick.
Make sure to have items such as the tomatoes and the olives on the end to help the other antipasto ingredients stay on the stick.
The recipe makes 12 antipasto skewers but it's easy to make as many as you want.
As an optional step, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil before serving, or pesto sauce.
If you are making these ahead of time, store in the fridge. Antipasto on a stick is best when served cold.
How to serve Antipasto Kebabs
Serve antipasto sticks with even more appetizers or Italian inspired dishes:
- Cheese Board: A selection of cheeses with a variety of tastes and textures
- Tomato Caprese with Fresh Burrata
How to store Antipasto Skewers
Store: Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 1-2 days. After that, the basil will start to wilt/brown but other ingredients will last for up to 4-5 days in the fridge.
Freeze: We don’t recommend freezing these since the basil will wilt and turn brown, and the cheese will turn grainy.
Mini Antipasto Skewers recipe tips
- Be sure to have tomatoes and olives as your end pieces to keep all of your ingredients stay on the skewer.
- Adjust the size of the skewers! Use the full length 12" wooden skewers, cut them in half as we did in the recipe, or make mini ones using toothpicks.
- Make mini antipasto sticks with toothpicks at Christmas and form them into a circular wreath shape on a round plate.
- These also make for a great lunch item that is easy to meal prep in advance.
Mini Antipasto Skewers Recipe FAQs
Yes. This recipe contains just 2 net carbs per skewer. However, be sure to check labels and buy ingredients without added sugar. Antipasto on a stick is a great low-carb option for snacks and lunches.
Absolutely! Make your antipasto skewers the night before and store them covered in the fridge. However, don't add any optional dressing until you are ready to serve.
Antipasto and charcuterie are both types of appetizers that feature a mix of cured meats, cheeses, and other items such as olives, pickles, etc., but they do have some differences. The main difference between the two is that antipasto tends to have more vegetables and fewer cured meats, while charcuterie is focused on the meats and their presentation. Antipasto is also Italian cuisine, while charcuterie is a French term that has a more general European and global influence.
Antipasto is an Italian word that literally translates to "before the meal". In Italian cuisine, it refers to a variety of small appetizers that get served before the main course. Antipasto typically features a variety of marinated vegetables, cured meats, cheeses, olives, and other small bites.
More Easy Appetizer Recipes
Looking for more easy appetizer recipes?
- Caprese skewers with balsamic glaze
- Ham and pickle roll-ups
- Stuffed mushrooms with bacon and cheese
- Boursin stuffed sweet mini peppers