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Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette

Need a quick and fresh appetizer for this weekend? Why not put your antipasto platter on a stick! This Antipasto Skewers recipe, bathed in herb vinaigrette, is great for cocktail parties and weekend barbecues because they are so easy to handle.

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We are party people. Be it an intimate dinner or a big holiday bash, making merry with food and friends is part of our family culture. Even the kids get involved when we have an event on the horizon.

My little girl has been known to start planning our annual Halloween party and birthday parties months in advance. When the rest of us sit down to discuss the plans, she informs us that the food, guest list and activities are already determined. Although I love her help, when I plan a gathering, the menu is always in the forefront of my mind.

This is what I’m looking for in a Party Menu:

  • Variety
  • Visual appeal
  • Foods that can sit out and taste good at room temperature
  • Make-aheads to spread out the work load
  • Easy to prepare, but make an impact on the guests

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Today’s dish is an appetizer that covers all my party menu requirements: Visually appealing, can be made ahead easily and includes FRESH tomatoes and basil straight from my garden! I simply put my antipasto platter on small wooden skewers to make them easy to carry, then dressed them with a zesty herb vinaigrette for easy-peasy antipasto skewers.

The beauty of this antipasto skewers recipe is that you can put all your favorites from an antipasto platter right on the little sticks and pop them in the fridge a couple days in advance. Although I like to be able to make some dishes ahead, it’s extremely important to me to offer fresh ingredients to my guests.

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For the last couple of years I have been growing veggies in/amongst my flower beds. I figured, even if I kill them all, my flowers would cover the evidence. Fortunately, I have had some success with tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and all sorts of herbs.

The produce I can’t grown on my own, I pick up at our local farmers’ market on Saturday mornings. It’s very satisfying to get to know the people who grow your food and learn what measures they take to grow the best fruits and vegetables possible.

Storing your fresh ingredients properly is also very important. I happen to have GE appliances in my kitchen and have noticed that my refrigerator keeps my produce fresh and crisp for a long time–much longer than my old fridge.

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Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette

Yield: 45 skewers

Prep Time: 20 minutes


For the Herb Vinaigrette:

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

For the Antipasto Skewers:

  • 8 ounce container small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 8 ounces hard salami, up into bite-size chunks
  • 1 can small artichoke hearts, halved
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup pitted olives, any variety
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 package 4-6 inch skewers


  1. In a small bowl, whisk to together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Set aside.
  2. Slide 3 or 4 antipasto platter items on each skewer. They don't all have to be the same.
  3. If making a day or two ahead, leave the basil leaves off and pour the vinaigrette over the skewers to marinate.
  4. If making the day of the party, place the basil leaves on the skewers. And serve the vinaigrette on the side.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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46 Responses to “Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted August 27, 2012 at 6:49 am

    A party planner in the making! These should definitely be part of a planned picnic.


  2. Jessenposted August 27, 2012 at 6:14 am

    The Contest Ended August 22nd. Too Bad =( I got Excited there for a Quick Minute!!


    • Sommer — August 27th, 2012 @ 6:35 am

      Oh dear! That is not supposed to be the case. Let me check into it!


    • karen — August 27th, 2012 @ 7:11 am

      yes just found that out myself. oh well. Those apps look really great and easy!


  3. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted August 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I adore everything about this, especially the herb vinaigrette! My boyfriend’s sister is getting married on Labor Day and leading up to it are going to be all sorts of activities and dinners…I’m going to suggest we do these for an appetizer one night! Oh the artichoke hearts look great!!


  4. Kate@Diethoodposted August 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

    The skewers are delicious! I really like that you added artichoke hearts… love those things!
    I enjoy planning parties, and the only thing that I can think about is the food that I will be serving. Somewhere in the middle of that I find time to set up the decor. :)


  5. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted August 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

    OMG, I love this. Hard.


  6. Paula - bell'alimentoposted August 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Skewers are a great appetizer option! Love these!


  7. Aggieposted August 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Love love love!!!


  8. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted August 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The ultimate party dish. Love everything about it.


  9. Diane {Created by Diane}posted August 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I just love appetizers like this they look delicious!!!


  10. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted August 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Beautiful appetizer and that is one amazing refrigerator I would love in my kitchen!


  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    What a fun appetizer, I love this idea!


  12. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainerposted August 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Beautiful post!


  13. leslieposted August 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    love a good antipasto appetizer! I totally need a new fridge. I will have to check this one out!


  14. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted August 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Ohh, I love these, there so creative!!


  15. Cassieposted August 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    These skewers could definitely stand as a whole meal for me. I love everything about these Sommer!


  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted August 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    these are so fun and pretty


  17. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted August 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Beautiful and healthy!


  18. Jeanetteposted August 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Love anything you can make ahead!


  19. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I thought you were going to tell us you were the proud owner of the new GE fridge! They are so wonderful and I absolutely hate my hand-me-down refrigerator! Love the skewers, they do look fresh and delicious.


  20. Rachel Cooksposted August 28, 2012 at 6:28 am

    These look great! I love all the herbs jammed into that vinaigrette.


  21. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herbposted August 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I was already tempted by the picture. ^.^ Looks just wonderful with the tomato and mozarella and of course the herb dressing…. *musing*


  22. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted August 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

    My favorite things all on a stick! These skewers will make great party food… bookmarking :)


  23. valposted August 28, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I could eat my weight in this deliciousness.


  24. Abbyposted August 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

    oh I love these! especially the salty salami bits, yum!


  25. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted August 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Such a fun idea for a summer potluck! And I have all those herbs growing in my garden too–perfect!


  26. Monetposted August 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I completely agree! Fresh, seasonal ingredients are key! This looks like the perfect addition to any summer table. Thank you for sharing!


  27. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted August 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I love nibbling on appetizers like this. They’re great for fancy dinners or casual get togethers. I love the vinaigrette. Can’t wait to try this recipe for my next dinner with the family.


  28. vianneyposted August 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    love these tasty bites!! great vinaigrette!


  29. carolinaheartstringsposted August 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    This looks so terrific. I love the presentation. Just wonderful.


  30. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted August 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I love that these are SO easy, elegant and perfect for an end of summer party! Great recipe, Sommer. I’ve been wanting to try something just like this for a while!


  31. Lisa | With Style and Graceposted August 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I would love someday to have a garden – maybe our next move…. Love these skewers – perfect for entertaining!


  32. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted August 30, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Fresh and easy, that’s what I like!


  33. Kristenposted August 30, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Oh my goodness, girl… this is my kind of platter of goodness!


  34. Kristaposted August 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    All my favorite flavors on cute skewers! YES! Looks like a party platter winner!


  35. Cookin' Canuckposted August 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Make-ahead appetizers like this are a “must” for a dinner party. Love this idea, Sommer!


  36. Jersey girl cooksposted August 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Love these appetizers. I made a similar version over the summer. Yum.


  37. Steve Oposted September 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Quick question: where’d you find the skewers with knots at one end?


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  39. Amy Brennerposted September 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    How is this spicy???


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