Antipasto Appetizer Skewers

Little bites of Italian deliciousness I like to call Antipasto Appetizer Skewers… All your favourite Italian snack bites on a convenient-to-eat stick!

A picture of a single quick and easy appetizer skewer

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I know it is bad to say but for most weddings, I have been to the antipasto buffet is the best part of the meal and then it goes downhill from there. I mean, how can you go wrong with olives, cheeses, cured meat, pickled things and if you are lucky shrimp and crab.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love weddings, the dresses and speeches the most, but the food… meh usually.

This Italian appetizer is never overcooked (because there is nothing to cook) and anything considered antipasto goes great with a glass of red.

Add further in favour of all things Italian appetizers, antipasto makes an amazing dinner option as well for those nights you have no idea what to cook or desire to cook.

Now antipasto is pretty easy to make… put all your Italian favourite finger foods on a plate and serve. But this girl has taken this up a level for you. Now you don’t need to get your fingers all vinegary and you can hold that glass of red in one hand and pick up an antipasto skewer with the other and look dainty while doing so.

That’s right, all the antipasto favourites on a skewer!

Ingredients for an easy Italian appetizer

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Salami – sliced thin and cut into quarters of bite-sized pieces. You don’t need to stop with salami though cappicolo or proscuitto are amazing choices as well.
  • Mini Bocconcini – I like the mini bocconcini the best because they are the perfect size for one bite and fit nicely on the skewer.
  • Olives – This adds a little saltyness to the skewers. I prefer to use green with or without pemento but you can use any pitted olive you like.
  • Tomatoes – grape or cherry tomatoes are best because again they are perfectly bite-sized and fit nicely on a skewer
  • Basil – fresh basil add a fresh, herbacious, slightly peppery note that goes perfect with all of the above.
A platter of antipasto skewers on a white table.

Some other ingredients that would work really well on these quick and easy appetizers are:

  • artichoke hearts
  • marinated mushrooms
  • sundried tomatoe
  • roasted red pepper
  • cooked shrimp
  • cooked calamari rings
  • speck
An antipasto skewer on a white table.

How to Make This Antipasto Skewer Recipe

Ok… hold on to your hats because this Italian appetizer has many many steps… ready?

  1. In whichever order you like, slide the ingredients onto a skewer.

That’s all folks!

Now I like to alternate and keep the basil coupled with the tomato and bocconcini because together those flavours are magic but the sky is the limit on how you assemble this easy summer appetizer.

Some Other Great Appetizers To Try:

A charcuterie board filled with antipasto skewers

What Does Antipasto Mean?

The word antipasto is a take on two Italian works. Anti which means “before” and Pastus which translates to “meal”.

When Is Antipasto Served?

Antipasto, when served, is considered the official start of any Italian meal. It is really just an appetizer course that almost always includes some form of Italian cheese, cured meat, olives, pickled or marinated items and tomatoes. At weddings, you will often see cold seafood like shrimp, crab and mussels served alongside the antipasto course.

A single antipasto appetizer skewer with more in the background

How long will antipasto last for?

The antipasto skewer recipe shown above will last about 5 days in the fridge inside a tightly sealed container. Bocconcini will try out quickly which is why the short timeline, but if you chose another cheese like Friulano, Pecorino, Asiago or the like then these Italian appetizers can last for up to 2 weeks.

Can you freeze antipasto skewers?

I wouldn’t freeze these antipasti skewers. Tomatoes and basil will become dark, black and soggy. The meats and cheeses can usually be frozen but this Italian appetizer recipe is so quick and easy to make there really would be no benefit to freezing.

A picture of a single quick and easy appetizer skewer

Antipasto Appetizer Skewers

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
Little bites of Italian deliciousness I like to call Antipasto Appetizer Skewers… All your favourite Italian snack bites on a convenient-to-eat stick!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 servings
Calories 50 kcal


  • 6" bamboo skewers


  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 24 olives
  • 24 mini bocconcini
  • 16 slices salami
  • 12 fresh basil leaves


  • Thread the ingredients on the skewers in a desired pattern and serve cold.


Serving: 1skewerCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0g


Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. 5 stars
    Loved these appy skewers — such an easy recipe to whip up for unexpected guests. My favourite is the bocconcini mozza balls!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful appetizer for parties. I made this for a relative’s birthday, and it was a hit. I can’t wait to try it with shrimp next time.

    1. That is what is so great about this recipe. You can make it with any little appy style foods you want!

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