These antipasto skewers are a variety of Italian meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables threaded onto sticks. An easy and elegant make ahead appetizer!

When I’m entertaining, I like to make sure I have plenty of appetizer recipes ready to serve to my guests. Some of my favorites include Southwestern egg rolls, smoky muhammara dip, fried mushrooms, Italian peperonata and these simple yet satisfying antipasto skewers.

Antipasto skewers on a white serving platter.

Having a party? This antipasto skewer recipe is the perfect way to celebrate! These easy appetizers look fancy, but they take just minutes to prepare, require no cooking, and can be made in advance.

Antipasto Skewers Ingredients

To make this recipe, you will need kalamata black olives, fresh mozzarella cheese balls, salami, green olives, cherry peppers and pepperoncini peppers. Be sure to drain all the wet items from the liquid that they are packed in.

How Do You Make Antipasto Skewers?

Get a dozen wooden skewers – look for decorative ones if you can find them! Place one of each item onto each skewer. Serve immediately on a platter, or refrigerate for later use.

A hand holding up a skewer of salami, cheese and olives.

Tips For The Perfect Kabobs

  • You want all of your antipasto items to be of a similar size, it makes for a better presentation and is easier to eat that way. I used a small log of salami which I cut into rounds, and I halved the peppers to make them bite sized.
  • I love to serve something fresh along with the skewers like a veggie tray as a counterpart to the rich salami and cheese.
  • I find that marinated mozzarella balls have the most flavor, so choose that variety if they are available at your local store.
  • Serve the skewers as-is, or with a sauce for dipping such as pesto, Italian dressing or homemade marinara sauce. You can also add a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Quick Tip

You can prepare your skewers up to 8 hours before you plan to serve them. Store the meat and cheese kabobs in the fridge in an airtight container.

Recipe FAQs

How do you put salami on skewers?

I recommend using a thicker cut of salami, as the paper thin slices don’t adhere well to wood skewers. You can buy a small log of salami and slice it yourself to control the exact size and thickness of the pieces.

What does antipasto consist of?

Antipasto is an Italian appetizer that consists of a variety of different meats, cheeses, olives, breads and veggies. It is often served on a platter or threaded onto skewers. It can also be served over greens to make an antipasto salad.

What is the difference between charcuterie and antipasto?

Charcuterie is mostly cured meats, with a few other ingredients such as cheese or bread. Antipasto contains more than just meats and the ingredients are Italian in nature.


A tray of antipasto kabobs with meat, olives and vegetables.

Flavor Variations

While this recipe is great as-is, you can easily customize the ingredients to suit your tastes.

  • Meat: Instead of salami, try using Spanish chorizo, pepperoni, prosciutto, mortadella, soppressata, or coppa.
  • Cheese: Swap out the mozzarella for cubes of parmesan, fontina, truffle cheese, pecorino romano or provolone. You can also use cheese tortellini.
  • Vegetables: Instead of olives and peppers, go with marinated artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms, fresh cherry tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, grilled zucchini or sun dried tomatoes.

These antipasto kabobs are sure to be a hit for any occasion, no one can resist meat and cheese on a stick!

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Antipasto Skewers

AuthorSara Welch
These antipasto skewers are an assortment of italian meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables threaded onto a stick for a super easy yet elegant appetizer.
These antipasto skewers are a variety of italian meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables threaded onto sticks. An easy yet elegant appetizer.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time5 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Serves 12


  • 12 kalamata olives
  • 12 small balls of fresh mozzarella get the marinated type if available
  • 12 slices salami thick cut
  • 12 pimento stuffed green olives
  • 6 whole jarred cherry peppers halved
  • 12 small pepperoncini peppers


  • Take 12 7-inch skewers and thread one of each ingredient item onto each skewer. Serve immediately or store, covered, in the fridge for up to 1 day.


  1. You want all of your antipasto items to be of a similar size, it makes for a better presentation and is easier to eat that way. I used a small log of salami which I cut into rounds, and I halved the peppers to make them bite sized.
  2. I find that marinated mozzarella balls have the most flavor, so choose that variety if they are available at your local store


Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 72mg | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 12.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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  1. How far in advance can these be made? night before? helpful instructions to keep them flavored and not dry?

  2. 5 stars
    These are scrumptious! I added black olives, pickled cauliflower and cherry tomatoes. I pickled, my cauliflower with the juice from pepperoncini, I started 6 months earlier in the fridge.

  3. 5 stars
    These are so perfect. Marinated mozz was a little too pricey, so I just got regular and then let it sit a while in vinaigrette.

  4. 5 stars
    Just made a pile of these just as pictured for my club’s reception tonite….they look and smell wonderful…and I packed them up in snap on covered tray from local dollar store….thank you for nice idea!

  5. Gave an Oscar Party last year..the ladies walked the Red Carpet (red felt, doubled sided tape to secure to side walk) then buffet table had lots of crystals and the colors were Black and White.
    Found old movie reel at Thrift shop and that was on the table also…planning for the coming year already..making photo kit props and then bringing back the red carpet.

  6. Looks like a fun time, indeed…those antipasto skewers look to die for! And who can resist those savings? #client

  7. This is such a cute idea! I love giving little gifts to guests for parties. Such a fun way to help them remember a good time with friends! As for the antipasti, I’m in. I love these flavors and can never get enough of them!

  8. These are such a great party appetizer. I love that they’re easy to prepare ahead of time and perfectly portioned.

  9. Such a cute gift bag! I apparently need to go to parties at your house 😀 Though if we host one this award season, I know our neighbors will love these skewers!

  10. What a fun party idea for New Years. Sounds like a fun way to dress up and enjoy some delicious food and friends.

  11. I LOVE watching awards shows. It’s always so much fun looking at the dresses and listening to award speeches. Now I want to watch some awards shows and eat these little antipasto bites!