I used to get an antipasto salad at Quizno’s (are they even around anymore?) back in my days of roaming my college campus nearly all day. Until recently, I had almost completely forgotten about it, but in trying to come up with adult-friendly finger food for my daughter’s birthday party this weekend it all came back to me.
You can mix up the flavors any which way you please, based on what you like in an antipasto platter. Things not included in my salad which may be good are: marinated mushrooms, giardiniera (an Italian mix of hot-pickled vegetables), cucumbers, different cheeses (hunks are parmesan, provolone, feta, or swiss), or roasted red peppers.
I picked up most of my salad fixings at the salad bar of my local Sprouts. It was much easier, and cost-effective, than doing jars of every item. Plus, in picking the marinated olives, I got to choose more black than green ^_~.
Marinated Antipasto Salad (THM S)
- 1 roll of dry Italian salame, sopressata, or hot ham (or a combo!)
- 1 8-oz container bucatini (small fresh mozzarella rounds)
- about 1/2 c mixed marinated olives (I got green and black, even though I hate green olives)
- about 1/4 c pickled cherry peppers
- about 1/2 c marinated artichokes
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes (I use the heirloom cherries from Trader Joe’s – tasty and colorful!)
- 2 Tsp balsamic vinegar
- 6 Tsp EVOO
- 2 tsp herbes de Provence (or dried Italian seasoning)
- salt and pepper
Cut the salame and bucatini into bite-size chunks (I did 1/4 inch pieces). Roughly chop all the other ingredients and add them to a large bowl.
In a small jar or bowl, combine the vinegar, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper. Stream in the EVOO as you whisk until the dressing comes together. Taste and adjust for seasoning as needed.
Drizzle the salad with 2 Tsp of the dressing and toss to combine. Cover and marinate for 4 hours, or overnight.
Party ideas: Serve as is or on skewers (just cut everything a little bigger). For individual servings you can have it as is, or put it over mixed greens with some onions and cucumbers and drizzle with some additional balsamic dressing (this was my favorite!).
This was incredibly easy to toss together, and makes lunchtime prep a breeze.