Italian Antipasto Tray

Sunday, December 22, 2013
An Italian Antipasto salad tray is filled with anything your heart desires and the perfect start to a Christmas Day dinner growing up in an Italian Catholic household.

This delicious salad platter is always the best appetizer and starter before a big holiday meal.

Check out the many variations you build your wooden board or salad tray with below in my recipe list.

Underneath are fancy greens but you can use any kind of lettuce you prefer although our favorite is romaine and arugula mixed.

Top the lettuce with the best grade of meats and cheeses fruits, nuts vegetables, and many more of my listed suggestions.

Add some homemade Italian dressing, garlic bread, and a bottle of Chianti, Merry Christmas.

this is a large tray filled with fruits, nuts, meats, vegetables drizzled with Italian homemade dressing for Christmas day appetizer

What is an Antipasto Salad?

Antipasto is the traditional first course of an Italian meal.

It can usually include a mix of assorted marinated vegetables, cured meats like prosciutto and salami, cheeses, nuts, fruits, or whatever you like in your salad!

The list below is a guideline for a large assortment of what you can place on your platter to build a beautiful delicious 1st-course antipasto tray!

This is very popular on Christmas Day before a big Italian meal with some delicious crusty Tuscan Garlic Bread and some Italian Chianti.

A true culinary Italian experience awaits you below!

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
This is a platter of assorted meats, vegetables all drizzled with a homemade Italian dressing. Mix and match whatever your family likes to make the perfect Italian Antipasto tray.


  • Line your antipasto tray with any kind of lettuce you like: Suggestions would be fancy greens, butter lettuce, curly lettuce, romaine, mixed greens, iceberg.
  • Artichokes hearts drained ( pickled or regular canned)
  • Green, black cured, or kalamata olives
  • Tuna packed in olive oil
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Extra sharp provolone chunks
  • Fresh Whole Milk Mozzarella balls or chunks
  • Sliced plum tomatoes
  • Celery sticks
  • Three Bean salad
  • Chickpeas
  • Hearts of Palm chunks
  • Mortadella
  • Genoa Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Cherry Peppers stuffed
  • Roasted Peppers
  • SopressataCapicola
  • Prosciutto
  • Sauteed broccoli rabe or escarole
  • Stuffed deviled eggs
  • Shrimp with cocktail sauce
  • Stuffed MushroomsClams CasinoMixed Giardiniera SaladLupini BeansNote: any vegetables can be used raw or steamed
  • Fruits and Nuts to garnish the tray:  shelled pistachios, raspberries, figs, dates, strawberries, raisins
  • Homemade Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar or aged balsamic
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, dried basil, dried parsley, rosemary
  • salt, pepper to taste


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