Antipasto Picnic Salad Recipe
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Antipasto Picnic Salad Recipe

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Everybody just loves this tempting blend of meats, veggies and pasta. It goes together in no time, serves a crowd and tastes as delicious at room temperature as it does cold. Also, it’s chunky enough for the kids to pick out any individual ingredient they might not like! --Michele Larson, Baden, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:25 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 25 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) medium pasta shells
  • 2 jars (16 ounces each) giardiniera
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 pound cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 pound hard salami, cubed
  • 1/2 pound deli ham, cubed
  • 2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 216 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 527mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, drain giardiniera, reserving 3/4 cup liquid. In a large bowl, combine the giardiniera, broccoli, mozzarella, salami, ham, pepperoni, green pepper and olives. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stir into meat mixture.
  2. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt and reserved giardiniera liquid. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 25 servings (1 cup each).
Editor's Note: Giardiniera, a pickled vegetable mixture, is available in mild and hot varieties and can be found in the Italian or pickle section of your grocery store.
Originally published as Antipasto Picnic Salad in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Summersh User ID: 6640270 253225
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"Everyone wants to know this recipe, when I take it to potlucks. I do plan on trying the hot giardiniera next time."

RenaGam User ID: 616715 223974
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"This is my new go to pasta salad. Love it!"

csgill User ID: 3631270 91488
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"Love it!!!!"

erincaye User ID: 1530883 90115
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"I can't tell you how many times my Italian in-laws have raved about this recipe! It has such a great flavor! It can be a little more on the expensive side to make - but well worth it!"

PanicPasta User ID: 7436712 91477
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"Typically in authentic Italian Cooking any "Antipasto" Refered to a smaller, lighter food eaten before the main course. A salad or appetizer if you prefer to call it. An antipasto on the menu was a sign of prosperity, because of the fact that it was lighter and less fufilling than pasta, breads, large cuts of meat and so on. To Have an "antipasto" salad with pasta in it is a complete condriticion to the original definition of the food. Other than that the dish itself seems very nice and I respect the combination of ingredients."

Bakeandbakemore User ID: 7400845 89695
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"For those who didn't like the pickled vege mix you could chop up an equal mix of carrots, celery, cauliflower, and sweet onion and marinate with the dressing"

Sunnysnow User ID: 6908152 158679
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"This is absolutely out of this world and very close to a main dish. I made half the recipe and substituted 8 oz Kalamata olives for the ripe olives. For the dressing, I reserved 2 z of the giardiniera liquid, 2 oz of the Kalamata liquid and 6 oz Zesty Italian Dressing. The Kalamata olives and liquid gave it it that extra kick. I served it at a Senior Luncheon and everyone begged for the recipe. I use the HOT giardiniera when I make it for my family."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 90103
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Delicious! I think this is the best pasta salad I've ever had. This was also the first time I tried giardiniera and I loved it. Also, like a lot of other people on here, I only made half of the recipe and it was more than enough."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 63954
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Delicious! I think this is the best pasta salad I've ever had. This was also the first time I tried giardiniera and I loved it. Also, like a lot of other people on here, I only made half of the recipe and it was more than enough."

Laurel54 User ID: 6801159 80201
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"Good salad. Nice, unexpected combination of ingredients. By way of clarification to mjill, the Italian use of the word 'anti' means "before" and "pasto" refers to the word "meal". Therefore, antipasto simply means "before the meal"."

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