Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette

Easy Antipasto Skewers with Herb VinaigretteAntipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette are great for cocktail parties and weekend barbecues. They are easy to handle and so easy to love!

Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette
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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 daughter has been known to start planning our annual Halloween party 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
  • Fresh seasonal ingredients

Best Make-Ahead Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette Recipe

Today’s dish is an appetizer that covers all my party menu requirements. It’s visually appealing, can be made ahead easily, and includes fresh tomatoes and basil straight from my garden!

I put my antipasto platter on small wooden skewers to make them easy to carry, then dress them with a zesty dressing for easy-peasy Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette.

Simple Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette Recipe

The beauty of these Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette is that you can put all your favorites from an antipasto platter right on the little sticks. Then 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. This recipe allow for both!

Make-Ahead Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette Recipe

Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette

Yield: 45 skewers

Prep Time:20 minutes

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Need a quick and fresh appetizer for this weekend? Why not put your antipasto platter on a stick! This Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette is divine!


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, cut 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 45 skewers, Serving Size: 1 skewer

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 68 Calories
  • Total Fat: 5.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 190mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sugar: 0.7g
  • Protein: 2.3g
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48 comments on “Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette

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

    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!!

    Rating: 5
  2. [email protected]posted August 27, 2012 at 7:27 am Reply

    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. :)

    Rating: 5
  3. Belinda @zomppaposted August 27, 2012 at 6:49 am Reply

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

  4. Jessenposted August 27, 2012 at 6:14 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted August 27, 2012 at 6:35 am Reply

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

    • karenposted August 27, 2012 at 7:11 am Reply

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

  5. Aggieposted August 27, 2012 at 8:33 am Reply

    Love love love!!!

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

    OMG, I love this. Hard.

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

    Skewers are a great appetizer option! Love these!

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

    The ultimate party dish. Love everything about it.

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

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

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

    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 Reply

    What a fun appetizer, I love this idea!

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

    Beautiful post!

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

    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 Reply

    Ohh, I love these, there so creative!!

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

    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 Reply

    these are so fun and pretty

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

    Beautiful and healthy!

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

    Love anything you can make ahead!

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

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

    I could eat my weight in this deliciousness.

    Rating: 5
  21. Rachel Cooksposted August 28, 2012 at 6:28 am Reply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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 Reply

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

  27. carolinaheartstringsposted August 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm Reply

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

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

    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.

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

    love these tasty bites!! great vinaigrette!

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    Fresh and easy, that’s what I like!

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

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

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

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

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

    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 Reply

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

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

    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 Reply

    How is this spicy???

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  45. مسائل جنسیposted August 6, 2017 at 1:15 am Reply

    very good

    Rating: 5
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