Southern Mom Loves: Delicious Antipasto Salad with an Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette!

Delicious Antipasto Salad with an Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette!

Thursday, September 19, 2019


Hi, guys! I was actually making this Antipasto Salad for the fam this week and wondered why I'd never shared it before; It's a delicious, filling, salad-for-dinner option that can be literally thrown together in minutes and everyone loves it. It's a Romaine base topped with all of your favorites from the Antipasto tray: pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and pepperoncini.

It looks like you spent a lot of time preparing it, but it's made up of mostly, if not all, pre-packaged, jarred, or canned items and the homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is so easy, you don't even need measuring cups or spoons and it is so good! Give it a try this week and you'll be adding it into your meal planning for sure!


Years and years ago, I went out to eat with my mom and the restaurant had an antipasto salad. After trying it I was hooked and decided it was easy enough to throw together at home, so I did and it was a hit with everyone!

I made a few changes from theirs and added a balsamic vinaigrette dressing and I think that's what made it shine so dang hard. This dressing is amazing and it has literally 3 ingredients, not including a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.


I'll give you my tried and true recipe, but you can customize this to include black or green olives, anchovies, mushrooms, salami, prosciutto, different cheeses, roasted peppers, roasted garlic cloves, slivered almonds, or croutons. Go crazy! Or don't. Mine is good, too. 😉

You can make this for 1 or a big bowl for a crowd, so I'll just give the list of ingredients and you decide how much Romaine to buy.


Antipasto Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Source: Southern Mom Loves

Ingredients (salad):

  • Romaine lettuce (a pre-prepped bag is extra easy or chop and wash a whole head)
  • 1 package of cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 jar or can of quartered Artichoke Hearts, drained
  • 1 jar Kalamata olives (pitted), drained
  • 1 jar Pepperoncinis, drained
  • 1 package of Fresh mozzarella (any size, we will cut it)
  • 1 package of pepperoni (minis or cut regular-sized slices in half)

Ingredients (dressing):

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • dijon mustard
  • a pinch of sea salt & black pepper



Directions:

1. Slice your cherry or grape tomatoes in half.


2. Cut your fresh mozzarella into bite-sized pieces.


3. Add a good base of Romaine to your individual bowl or a large salad bowl and top with all of the other salad ingredients.


4. The dressing is half balsamic vinegar and half olive oil. You can make it in any volume. So simple! I make a jar of dressing (about a half cup of each) and add in about a teaspoon (a good squirt) of dijon mustard and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then cap and shake. 


The dressing is done!


When ready to serve, you can dress and toss the entire salad if it will be eaten right away or dole it out into bowls and dress each individual salad.


OM NOM!


This salad is so good! It makes a hearty and filling dinner and I'll serve it with a chunk of crusty french bread or rolls. Just watch how many people sop up every drop of that dressing!


DINNER IS DONE! Hope you love it!!!


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What do you think?! Will you be trying this antipasto salad? What are your favorite parts of an antipasto tray? I love to read your comments!

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