Just like the name implies, this Italian antipasto salad is the best cold salad featuring everything you love about Italian flavors without the pasta. Perfect for busy weeknights or feeding a crow, this antipasto salad recipe is quick and easy and perfect for summer nights as it is best served cold.
Italian antipasto salad is seriously for any eater who enjoys combining traditional flavors. Naturally gluten-free, this antipasto salad is also low-carb and keto-approved.
Antipasto Salad Keto Recipe
If you are looking to freshen up your salad rotation be sure to check out our spinach salad with bacon, this hearty eats-like-a-meal Cobb salad, and this easy beef or chicken taco salad.
Serve your keto antipasto salad with low carb crockpot Italian sausage and peppers or this instant pot fettuccine alfredo.
Italian antipasto salad is perfect as either a side dish or as a low-key, easy dinner for those busy weeknights or warm summer nights when even the idea of cooking is just too much.
Served on a base of lettuce, pepperoni and salami combine with fresh veggies, mozzarella cheese, and a vinegar and oil dressing that is quick and easy to whip up. Best served cold, chill your salad before serving.
Plus, this antipasto salad tastes just like the antipasto platter you would normally see in restaurant!
Why This Recipe Works
- A quick and easy meal for night when cooking just isn't going to happen.
- Dump, drain, assemble, chill, and enjoy - it's that easy!
- Easily substitute your favorite meats, vegetables, and cheeses to create an antipasto you will love.
- Served on a bed of lettuce, or you can skip that step and simply turn this into an antipasto platter.
- This recipe serves 6, but can easily be adapted to smaller or larger crowds.
Your antipasto salad has a lot of ingredients that pack a punch of flavor, but it's all prep-work as there is no cooking involved.
- romaine lettuce
- fresh mozzarella balls, drained
- marinated artichokes in oil, drained
- fire-roasted red peppers, drained
- kalamata olives, drained
- cherry tomatoes, sliced
- basil, slivered
- oil and vinegar dressing
Be sure to read the labels when buying some of the brands. We used Trader Joes brand for many of these items and their pepperoni, kalamata olives, and mozzarella balls are all zero carb and their marinated artichoke hearts are less than 1 carb per serving.
You can make quick work of this keto antipasto salad, but be sure to prepare your salad ahead of time so it can chill in the fridge before serving.
Prep the Ingredients
Chop your lettuce.
Cut the roasted red peppers into small strips and half the artichoke hearts, if needed.
Half the cherry tomatoes.
Drain the liquid from the peppers, mozzarella balls, artichoke hearts, and olives.
Assemble the Salad
Lay the lettuce at the bottom of a large serving bowl.
Group each ingredient and layer on top of the lettuce.
Drizzle with the red wine vinegar dressing and garnish with the fresh basil leaves.
Serves 6. For best results, let your antipasto salad sit 30 mins or more before serving to let the flavors blend.
- Add pepperoncini peppers for another layer of great flavor.
- Use homemade dressing when possible.
- Feel free to skip the lettuce if you'd prefer.
- Top with fresh parmesan.
- You can create this antipasto salad on one large platter or create 4-6 separate dishes.
Making This a Vegetarian or Vegan Antipasto Salad
Traditional antipasto salad is not vegan or vegetarian compliant, but with a few quick changes, you too can enjoy all the great flavors of Italian antipasto.
For vegan and vegetarian eaters swap out the meats and/or cheese for additional helpings of vegetables or use a plant-based meat substitute. Garbanzo beans are a great vegetarian protein option, but they are not low-carb.
How to Store?
The lettuce will get soggy if left for several hours, so if you are making this in advance for a picnic, potluck, or BBQ, simply assemble the meat, cheese, vegetables, and dressing on a platter. Transfer the whole thing to a separate dish with the lettuce when you are ready to serve.
Without the lettuce layer, your antipasto will keep covered in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Is Antipasto Salad Keto?
Created as stated, your Italian antipasto salad is low-carb and keto compliant - however, be sure to always check the labels on the items your purchase.
Many brands sneak in carbs under funny names and even stranger ways. Simply be mindful when making your purchase or with other items you add to your antipasto salad. Both the brands of salami and pepperoni we used were 0 carb, and our artichoke hearts were 2 net carbs per serving.
This easy antipasto salad recipe has just 7 net carbs per serving!
Many of the carbs came from the artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, and lettuce. Feel free to cut back on the artichoke hearts annd red pepper, and of course, you can skip the lettuce entirely too!
More Low Carb Salad Recipes
- Taco Salad
- Cobb Salad
- Bacon Curry Coleslaw
- Cold Broccoli Salad
- Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
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I loved this..made exactly as written EXCEPT for the fresh basil. They were completely out and I was too tired to run around to find it lol Even without the basil this had so much flavor I will be keeping this recipe for sure. We did add the pepperoncinis. Just perfect!!
I'm glad you loved it Tina! It's one of our favorites, and we love to add pepperoncinis too 🙂 Jen