Skewerlicious! Antipasto Skewers

These Antipasto Skewers are a delicious and easy appetizer! The ingredient possibilities and flavour combinations are endless.

I love skewers of any kind…barbecue, fruit, grilled veggies, you name it! But I especially love Antipasto Skewers. They are a combo of some of my most favourite foods, so how can you go wrong?! Delicious flavours and textures in every bite.

Antipasto Skewers

A delicious and easy appetizer.

I thought I’d make some of these antipasto skewers as an appetizer for a get together with friends that we had this past weekend, and am I ever glad I did. These are delicious! The fun thing about them is that you can try so many different flavour combinations. Use your favourite cheeses, olives and meats. Add pickles and fresh veggies…the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget the balsamic vinegar and olive oil to drizzle and dip!

Antipasto Skewers

They look fancy, but are so easy to make, and are so delicious! Enjoy.

Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewer Recipe Tips:

  • OLIVES: Use any type of olives. Pitted mixed olives give a nice variation of colours and flavours.
  • TORTELLINI: Use any type of tortellini, we like 3 cheese tortellini. Make sure to cook the pasta first and marinate it in Italian dressing for at least 1 hour.
  • PASTA MARINATING TIME: Make sure to allow for time to marinate the pasta in Italian dressing, at least one hour. You can marinate the tortellinis overnight as well.
  • CHEESE: You can use any type of cheese for these skewers: cubes of mozzarella cheese, mini bocconcini balls, chunks of fresh mozzarella ball, cubes of cheddar cheese, gouda or provolone.
  • MEAT: Use your favourite charcuterie meat: salamis, pepperoni, prosciutto, even deli ham.
  • TOMATOES: Mixed colours of cherry tomatoes are delicious and look great.
  • SKEWERS: Use mini wooden skewers, about 4 inches long.
  • ASSEMBLY: When putting these skewers together try to get 1 of each of the ingredients onto a skewer. But if you can’t, don’t worry just mix them up, variation is good.
  • OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS: You can also add pickles, pickled vegetables, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and pepperoncini peppers, fresh basil leaves…the possibilities are endless.

Antipasto Skewers

These Antipasto Skewers are a delicious and easy appetizer! The ingredient possibilities and flavour combinations are endless.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer


Units Scale
  • 2 cups cooked tortellini pasta
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 cup olives (I used Kalamata Olives and Feta Stuffed Green Olives)
  • 1 cup sliced charcuterie meat (we love gypsy salami)
  • 1 cup cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup cubed cheese


  1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Then pour on the Italian Salad Dressing and marinate the pasta for at least an hour or overnight.
  3. When the tortellini has been marinated for the appropriate time, it’s time to skewer!
  4. Try to get 1 of each of the ingredients onto a skewer. If you can’t, don’t worry about it, mix them up.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Oh Joanna! Who would’ve thought? What a fantastic idea. I love antipasto and find I want to have a little bit of everything all at once. This is just perfect. Thanks so much. I’ll be using your idea at my next party!

  2. Nice work!! You inspired me to make some yummy fruit sticks for brekkie this morning…thank you for all the inspiration!!! I think I figured out the glitch…but I have to be “anonymous”. Lori

  3. OMG I’m hosting a bbq couples shower next weekend and I’ve just found one of the things I’ll be serving! Thank you!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  4. Great idea! They are perfect for any summer gathering! Thanks for linking this up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party!

  5. I make these at every function I go to. They are always a big hit, delish, and super easy. My kind of entertaining! I know they are probably more of a summer idea but I have made these for Christmas, NY, and for parties during all times of the year. LOVE THEM

  6. This is perfect! I’m going to a potluck with about 100 others, so I know it’s going to be chaos. Something easy to grab without holding up the line is exactly what I was looking for, and your combination of goodies on the skewer looks yummy!