Antipasto Salad

This super hearty antipasto salad is full of cured meats, cheeses, and pickled vegetables for an extra flavorful and filling salad. The post Antipasto Salad appeared first on Budget Bytes.

Antipasto Salad

You know how we’re all kind of obsessed with charcuterie boards right now? Who doesn’t love a selection of savory snacky meats, cheeses, and pickled items, ammiright? Well, the Italian version of that is antipasto and it also happens to make for a really delicious and filling salad. So, if you’re like me and don’t want to eat anything but salads for the remainder of summer, I think you’re going to love this Antipasto Salad.

What is Antipasto?

Antipasto is an Italian appetizer course offering a snacky selection of cured meats, pickled vegetables, cheeses, olives, anchovies and more. The word “antipasto” means “before the meal” so it’s basically an appetizer platter. This gorgeous spread is usually served as part of a formal meal, rather than an everyday spread. You can read more about antipasto here.

So to make an antipasto salad I simply piled all those tasty little bits on top of a bed of greens and added a cheesy Italian dressing. And that’s all I really want in a summer meal. Okay, well, maybe some crusty bread to go along with it. ;)

Antipasto is Flexible, So Get Creative!

The best part about this salad is that it’s so flexible, so you can mix and match the toppings depending on your budget or availability of ingredients. You can use just about any type of salad green that you like, any meat (or no meat), any cheese, and any vegetable. Need some inspo? Here are a few other ingredients that you can swap in or add:

  • Roasted red peppers
  • Pickled red onion
  • Pickled green beans or asparagus
  • Green olives
  • Marinated mushrooms
  • Marinated butter beans
  • Pepperoncini
  • Any other cured meat or cheese

Antipasto on a Budget

This salad can get expensive quick if you’re not careful! If you’re lucky to live near an ALDI store, they have a great selection of meats and cheeses for antipasto or charcuterie boards (and I was lucky enough to grab my mozzarella on clearance!). Watch for sales on those shelf-stable jarred items (olives, pickled peppers, artichoke hearts) and save them up for making antipasto later. And get to know your deli because a lot of delis will mark down sliced meats and cheeses when they get near the sell-by date.

A lot of these ingredients also make great pizza toppings, so whenever you have leftovers from pizza night, those items can be used to make antipasto the next night!

Make a Half Antipasto Salad, If Needed

The recipe below is for a pretty large salad with 8 servings because it uses whole containers of each ingredient. But it’s easy enough to scale the recipe down as needed. All of the toppings stay pretty fresh when stored separately, so you can make half batches, ¼ batches, or even one salad at a time instead of making the entire batch at once and risking things getting soggy.

And remember, you can change the number of servings in the “servings” box below and the ingredient amounts will auto-adjust for you.

Salad tongs in a half stirred antipasto salad with bread and dressing on the side
dressing being poured over the antipasto salad

Antipasto Salad

This super hearty antipasto salad is full of cured meats, cheeses, and pickled vegetables for an extra flavorful and filling salad.
Total Cost $16.92 recipe / $2.12 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 535kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Salad

  • 8 oz. salad greens of choice $0.99
  • 1 12oz. jar artichoke hearts $2.45
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes $1.79
  • 8 oz. mozzarella $0.99
  • 8 oz. salami $3.00
  • 1 6oz. jar kalamata olives $1.99
  • 1 8oz. jar banana peppers $1.69
  • 1/2 red onion $0.40
  • 8 oz. provolone $1.79

Italian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil $0.84
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar $0.30
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice $0.04
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard $0.12
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning $0.30
  • 1/2 tsp sugar $0.01
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan $0.22

Instructions

  • Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl or jar (olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, sugar, grated Parmesan). Close the jar tightly and shake or whisk in a bowl until the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Cut or slice any meat or cheeses into bite-sized pieces. Drain the olives and any brined vegetables. Thinly slice the red onion and slice the grape tomatoes in half.
  • Lay your greens in the bottom of a bowl, then top with your antipasto items. Give the dressing one last whisk or shake, then drizzle over the salad (start with half the dressing and add more as needed). Toss the salad until everything is coated in dressing, then enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad | Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 45g | Sodium: 2130mg | Fiber: 4g
Close up of antipasto salad in a bowl with a fork

How to Make Antipasto Salad – Step by Step Photos

Italian dressing ingredients in a jar

Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl or jar: ½ cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, ¼ tsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning, ½ tsp sugar, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper, and 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan. Shake or whisk the ingredients until they are incorporated.

Chopped spinach in a serving bowl

Add your salad greens to the bottom of a bowl. I’m using spinach and I chopped it slightly first to make bite-sized pieces.

salami, onions, mozzarella, and tomatoes added to the salad bowl

Cut your meats and cheeses into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the red onion and slice the grape tomatoes in half.

provolone, olives, peppers, and artichokes added to the salad bowl

Drain all of your jarred items (olives, banana peppers, artichoke hearts) and add them to the salad. Slightly chop anything that has larger pieces.

dressing being poured over the antipasto salad

Give the dressing one last shake or whisk, then drizzle it over the salad. Start with half the dressing, then add more as needed.

Antipasto salad being tossed with metal salad tongs

Toss the salad until everything is coated in dressing, then enjoy!

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Melon Salad with a Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

I don’t know about you but nothing hits the spot more on a hot summer day than fresh fruit and salads! Combine the two together and our melon salad will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied! This simple melon salad is easy to make but completely delightful to your tastebuds! It cools you down with…

Melon Salad with a Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

I don’t know about you but nothing hits the spot more on a hot summer day than fresh fruit and salads! Combine the two together and our melon salad will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied!

This simple melon salad is easy to make but completely delightful to your tastebuds! It cools you down with the watery melon taste but adds a splash of flavor with the citrus honey mint dressing! Pair this with our burgers, corn, and some lemonade. These 4 recipes will create a summer meal for the books!

A bowl filled with different types of melons topped with a dressing.

Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

Summer brings with it the desire to be outside, enjoying the refreshing sun on my face. There is always excitement in the air for all of the vacations and holidays and outdoor activities! I catch the summer bug and will do just about anything to hold on to that feeling! Making delicious and refreshing salads is one of those things and this one is a salad to remember. I love any excuse to use juicy melons including making a delicious watermelon agua fresca which is always a huge hit!

There is just something so simple about mixing different melons together and creating so much flavor. This recipe is not only delicious but most importantly, it’s a super easy recipe to make! After all, who doesn’t like a recipe that only requires 1 tool and a few ingredients?? Once you’ve finished balling up the melons, take it to the next level by drizzling the citrus honey mint dressing all over, and voila! You have a salad to impress!

What’s in Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing?

There isn’t much I love more than a simple recipe that packs a punch! This melon salad has only a few ingredients and delivers on taste, ease AND it looks impressive! For ingredient measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe: Use a melon baller scoop to create perfectly round balls. If you don’t have one of these, you can slice your melon up into cubes!
  • Lemon and lime: These juices will give this salad a fresh taste and a great citrus flavor!
  • Mint: Chop the mint up finely so that the flavor can be spread evenly throughout the salad.
  • Honey: The honey will balance out the citrus with a dash of sweetness!
A bowl filled with fruit, all scooped as small pieces.

How to make Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

It only takes as long as scooping out the melon to make this recipe!! It looks impressive and colorful all while being simple and insanely delicious!

  1. Scooping the melon: Take each melon and using your melon scoop (or if you don’t have one, just cut the melon into cubes). Scoop out the melon and place it into the bowl. Do this for all 3 melons then combining them together.
  2. Whisk the Dressing: Next thing to do is make the dressing! Combine the lemon and lime juice into a separate small bowl, stir in the honey until it is dissolved. Then, chop up the mint into fine pieces and stir it in with the honey and juices.
  3. Mix together: Last step is to pour it over the salad until the melons are covered. Serve and enjoy!!
A bowl filled with watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe scooped in small sizes with dressing being poured on them.

Tips and Variations For the Best Fruit Salad

We all know that the best part about salads is that you just put them in the refrigerator and keep coming back for more. The trick is how to make them last the longest! Follow these easy tips and you’ll be able to munch on these leftovers for days!

  • Smoothie and Juices: Once the melons get soft and extra juicy, then they are probably about on their last leg. However, this is a great time to use them in a smoothie or juice! Toss them in a blender with some ice and any additional fruit and you have yourself a delicious summer drink!
  • Cutting Melons: If you don’t have a round scoop to cut the melons into circles, cutting them into ½ inch to inch squares will also work. If you still want it to look fancy, try cutting them into trianagles for a fun shape and look.
  • Add Ins: Berries, mango and peaches are a sweet addition to this melon salad.
  • Serving: Garnish the melon salad with fresh mint and place in a clear bowl or platter for all to see the beatiful melon colors.
3 different melons on a spoon topped with mint dressing.

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  • Making Ahead: Store your round melon balls in an air tight container with lemon juice over top for 3 to 5 days. Whisk together the dressing right before you are ready to serve.
  • Refrigerating: Wrap your container with tightly sealed plastic wrap. This will preserve the melons in your fridge for 3-5 days. Don’t forget to seal it after each time it gets opened!
  • Freezeing Fruit: If you find yourself not able to finish the salad in time, you can freeze it! Place it in an airtight container and you can freeze it for up to 12 months!
A bowl of fruit salad with melons and dressing.

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Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

I don't know about you but nothing hits the spot more on a hot summer day than fresh fruit and salads! Combine the two together and our melon salad will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword melon salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 548kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 honeydew

Honey Citrus mint glaze:

  • Juice of half lemon
  • Juice of half of a lime
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon mint chopped

Instructions

  • Using a melon baller scoop round spheres out of each of the melons and place them into a medium-sized bowl.

To make the honey citrus dressing:

  • In a small bowl add the lemon juice, lime juice, honey and mint and whisk. Pour over the salad and mix until incorporated.

Nutrition

Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 138g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 2373mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 120g | Vitamin A: 11282IU | Vitamin C: 200mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 4mg

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