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Homemade Antipasto Salad Recipe

Homemade Antipasto Salad Recipe

This colorful salad is a tasty crowd-pleaser. Guests love the homemade dressing, which is a nice change from bottled Italian. — Linda Harrington, Windham, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling YIELD:50 servings


  • 2 packages (1 pound each) spiral pasta
  • 4 to 5 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 2 large green peppers, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound thinly sliced Genoa salami, julienned
  • 1 pound sliced pepperoni, julienned
  • 1/2 pound provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup pitted ripe olives, halved
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups olive oil


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water. In several large bowls, combine pasta with next eight ingredients.
  • 2. For dressing, pulse vinegar, sugar, oregano and seasonings in a blender. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, 4 hours or overnight. Yield: 50 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 255 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 501mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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Venice User ID: 9222320 269653
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2017

"OMG! If it has pasta in it, it's NOT antipasto. Maybe not a bad recipe for a pasta salad, but please change the name. Thanks."

hkarow9713 User ID: 7604678 265012
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2017

"Wow was this salad easy to make & so good! I used mozzarella instead of provolome, but it still turned out great. Would defintiely make again & it's really easy to cut in half for a smaller serving."

MrsArmy User ID: 7660369 247288
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016 Edited Jan. 12, 2017

"What a "crowd pleaser" !"

karinw64 User ID: 8116784 247261
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2016

"So good! I did quarter the recipe because it's just the 2 of us. Didn't add beans or olives but I did add marinated mushrooms (quartered), and marinated artichokes (quartered). Also things on a great antipasti platter. Loved the meat and cheese! I also used fresh moz I had to use up."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 246515
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"Favorite picnic salad - LOVE the dressing! Omitted the beans and black olives. Sprinkled with shredded Parmesan."

katie2375 User ID: 7932133 228291
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"Excellent! Skipped the beans."

Scoviegirl User ID: 6915457 225840
Reviewed May. 3, 2015

"Best pasta salad I've ever had!! Used Canellini beans instead of Garbanzos. Used garlic stuffed green olives instead of black olives. I halved the recipe but should have quartered it. This is now a favorite. Thank you for sharing the recipe."

Yayisima User ID: 7129702 146067
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"Great, everyone liked it"

mrsohcook User ID: 7093830 61078
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"Love the flavor. The dressing is a wonderful change from bottled Italian dressing. My husband and I eat this as the main dish for lunch as it has the meats. I do not always use the garbanzo beans (or beans at all). It is so good."

Peggyloubit User ID: 6794397 138980
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"This salad is really good using tri colored pasta! Pretty too. Peg"

Mary-Eve User ID: 7247535 57441
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"Very good recipe. I make it often for potluck meals, and the only ingredients I change are the green peppers (use red instead) and navy or kidney beans instead of the garbanzo beans."

maryHodges User ID: 3263641 150763
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"So we've Americanized an Italian dish...Whoopie! Didn't need the lecture. The salad is great, Linda! I've taken it to potlucks, funeral meals and family reunions and always get compliments and asked for the recipe. Sometimes I add summer squash to give more it color."

jellibug User ID: 696700 146066
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"I love this salad no matter what it's named!!! I am just curious about your name as I went to school with a girl named Linda Harrington who had a sister named Joyce. (in Massachusetts)"

knedz User ID: 5532408 138698
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"Antipasto (plural antipasti) means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, peperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, various cheeses (such as provolone or mozzarella), pickled meats, and vegetables in oil or vinegar.

The contents of an antipasto vary greatly according to regional cuisine. It is quite possible to find in the south of Italy different preparations of saltwater fish and traditional southern cured meats (like soppressata or 'nduja), whereas in northern Italy it will contain different kinds of cured meats and mushrooms and probably, especially near lakes, preparations of freshwater fish. The cheeses included also vary significantly between regions and backgrounds.
Many compare antipasto to hors d'oeuvre, but antipasto is served at the table and signifies the official beginning of the Italian meal. It may also be referred to as a starter, or an entrée. Btw, I haven't tried this recipe yet. But it sure sounds and looks great."

19Pam51 User ID: 343434 89889
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"Totally delish! It's cold pasta, a vinaigrette and all the ingredients of antipasto, hence the name. No misleading here. Seriously? Someone gave this salad a low rating because of the NAME? Their loss. As for me and my house we will serve this salad!"

ilovejeff User ID: 7142913 124630
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"hey Linda, tell your Auntie Pasto that her salad is delicious! ;) thank you for sharing it with us!!"

carolanne1210 User ID: 3617870 57417
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"There's no need to criticize the name on a recipe and give it a low rating without trying it. It's called antipasto salad because it has the antipasto inredients, and adding the pasta makes it a salad. Having gotten that off my mind...this salad is delicious! I made it for a family party and it disappeared. The only changes I made were using red onions, and multicolored peppers- green red and orange- to make it look more festive. Oh- and I added some marinated artichokes...yummy!"

dianey52 User ID: 3596193 60090
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"Absolutely delicious! There are NEVER any leftovers! Stop splitting hairs over terminology. Enjoy the dish for goodness sake!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 73079
Reviewed May. 2, 2014 Edited Apr. 19, 2016

"I have made this many times, and the bowl is always empty. Changing the name to Mud salad would not make it any less delicious! LOL :)"

Corrydon User ID: 5737167 61072
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"antipasto: Literally meaning "before the meal. (Sharon Tyler Herbst in Food Lover's Companion) Now we know what it really means. So this salad can certainly be eaten before the meal. However it is so good it can be the meal. And you can call it whatever you want and that is the point, It's a title and it is good!"

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 64488
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"This dressing is wonderful, no matter what you call the dish you put it on - you can call it dessert for all I care!! It's actually the one dressing that I like on pasta when it's a more dense pasta than angel hair. And adding the salami, pepperoni, and cheese, of course, can make it a main dish as well. So, to me, your title is NOT misleading. And I DO know - as does everybody else, I'm sure, what the original - antipasta/o - refers to! All the ingredients work together perfectly, and it's my opinion that the sugar really does the trick to make it all work. Thanks for posting this, Linda!"

sspoonster User ID: 7331080 206504
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"This salad is sooo good. The dressing is amazing. I had to cut the recipe in half since there are just 2 of us (3 if you count my cat, who also loved the dressing). Even cutting the recipe in half it lasts for three days. But it is worth it."

maddawson User ID: 6637204 61071
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"I modified this recipe & cut it in half because it made so much. I put fresh cucumbers in it, skipped the salami & added baby pepperoni. The dressing was AMAZING!!!! Definitely make it again."

WulfRebecca User ID: 7322963 124628
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"I cut the recipe in 1/2. Very yummy! Tasted even better the next day."

crumej User ID: 3845302 124627
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Great summer recipe. The flavor gets better the longer it marinates. I also substituted the sugar in the dressing for honey and it turned out great. I even make the dressing sometimes for other lettuce based salads."

skywaitress User ID: 5434571 121596
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"I have made this many times. Just cut the recipe in half. Very Good!"

cm13 User ID: 6046583 206503
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"Made this for a family get together and everyone loved it, even the picky eaters!"

couponlady1250 User ID: 5995810 150762
Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"I cut it in 1/2 and used red peppers instead of green peppers. Most of my friends can't eat green peppers because they stay with us and the red one don't. Everyone loved it"

sam2008 User ID: 5861569 138917
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"This recipe is very good. The marinating definitely makes a difference."

mrsoak User ID: 1995667 61070
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"I made this recipe exactly according to the directions. It makes a huge batch of salad and everyone loved it. The dressing is the best part. Better than bottled. Everyone raves over this salad."

Kabbas User ID: 4348836 73075
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"I made this for my parent's 40th party and it was a hit. Everybody loved it, except it made a lot of servings. We had 35 people and still had half the salad left. Next time will cut the recipe in half."

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