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Antipasto Picnic Salad Recipe

Antipasto Picnic Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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"."

mjill User ID: 3679840 140940
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"This is not Antipasto salad; anti means no, pasto means pasta; so "no pasta" - antipasto."

kshea User ID: 2698812 140084
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"The dressing was ok. Next time I will use a bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing instead."

Dodson6 User ID: 2072382 142506
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"Made this for a family reunion and got great reviews. No mayo, so didn't have to refrigerate. Will make again"

LauraLooWho User ID: 6668467 91416
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"I make this recipe minus the giardiniera and people love it!"

Mrs_Lucci_N_FL User ID: 594513 110576
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011


Meezersqueezer User ID: 3752704 140080
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I made this for a big birthday party and got wonderful comments on it. It was simple to make and prepare and it did make a lot of salad, but that's why I picked it. They only thing I really didn't like about it was the dressing...I found it a little to vinegery for me. Next tiem I will just use regular Krafts Italian salad dressing on it."

dawnmsherman User ID: 3425655 164036
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"love this!!"

sheffele User ID: 1164355 158670
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"Very good recipe and different. A refreshing change from the Italian Dressing pasta salad. Cut the recipe in half and it still made alot - but that's not a problem,

we'll empty the bowl!"

Cookies1961 User ID: 5654949 70878
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

" The one I used has both.

Cookies1961 User ID: 5654949 140938
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"Made it for my granddaughters open house, everyone liked it."

bsaltysiak User ID: 1480886 63927
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"This is an excellent salad. I get rave reviews but beware- it makes a huge amount. Sometimes I cut it in half."

Tammi_IN User ID: 42667 70877
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Is the Giardiniera in this recipe the one with the cauliflower in it or the one with just the peppers in it?


linsvin User ID: 1584655 110575
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"Made this for the big annual 4th of July BBQ. Family tasted it, would not allow me to share with the guests! Thank goodness this makes a lot. I did bring about a 1/4 of it though... Truly is a fantastic recipe. Soooo easy to assemble."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 142502
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"Delicious! It does make a lot though, next time I will half the recipe."

LucyBee User ID: 4336080 164033
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"Very good!! I added the dressing right before serving. We loved it!!"

sheila ropp User ID: 2993954 158636
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2009

"yes, what is giarnidiera?"

jmyers User ID: 3673760 139981
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2009

"Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil."

Wingwife415 User ID: 2921671 142501
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2009

"What is giarnidiera?


cherylfegan User ID: 3797058 70868
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2009


ErikB User ID: 4150106 142500
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2009

"Made this for a Memorial Day picnic. Very good, but the serving size is rather large. That worked for my situation, but I would certainly half it if I weren't taking it to a gathering."

emjhb522 User ID: 257678 140937
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"This sounds wonderful! I will definately be making it for our Super Bowl party! Thanks!"

donmelody User ID: 1559808 157170
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2008

"This was very good! I will half it next time, though."

Hellion50 User ID: 514800 90099
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2008

"This salad is delicious! I will make it again. I halved the recipe and it made a huge bowl!"

DeniseMo User ID: 2164226 157168
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008

"This was a great salad and my guests really enjoyed it. I substituted a 97% fat free ham steak for the deli ham, as I could cube it easily. I also found 97% fat free pepperoni to help cut the fat out on this. I couldn't find hard salami, but did substitute a Hickory Farms summer sausage that went over quite well. I also blanched the broccoli in the pasta as it cooked and drained it all into the colander. I have several requests for the recipe. The only down side of this recipe was that I didn’t have a bowl big enough to mix all the ingredients. Next time I'd easily cut everything in half as it made so much."

magnetqueen User ID: 1233025 91414
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2008

"thanks DD will love this one"

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