Easy Antipasto Platter Recipe

5 from 1 vote

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If you are hosting a graduation party, going to a potluck, or maybe a family reunion and you need to put together something super fast and simple, this antipasto platter is just the ticket.

This is one of our most popular appetizer recipes!

A table topped with different types of antipasto in bowls
This antipasto platter can be put together in minutes.

What is antipasto?

Antiwhat? Antipasto sounds fancy doesn’t it? It isn’t at all. In fact it’s about as simple as it gets. Like most great food ideas, this one comes from Italy and antipasto is basically a plate of appetizers to enjoy “before the meal”.

And like many other good ideas, this Italian antipasto comes from a recent work potluck where we chose an Italian food theme.

A bowl of cheese with olives and tomatoes
Antipasto is simply a plate of appetizers, traditionally Italian in style.
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About this potluck antipasto tray

As you can see, there is nothing fancy about this antipasto platter. In fact, even the photos aren’t fancy, I took them with my iPhone. The beautiful thing about an antipasto recipe is that there is none!

Depending upon how much effort and money you want to put into your antipasto tray, you can use whatever you want.

Assorted garnished foods for antipasto on table in serving trays and dishes
Traditional antipasto platters often include cured meats like salami, pancetta, and prosciutto.

Typical Italian antipasto platter recipe

As I mentioned earlier, there’s not a “recipe” for an antipasto platter. Instead, antipasto will often include a combination of the following:

  • Cured meats
  • Cheeses
  • Olives
  • Artichokes
  • Anchovies
  • Pickled meats
  • Vegetables in oil or vinegar
Foreground of dates, prunes and cheese wedge with crackers and artichoke in back
Olives are often a part of an antipasto platter.

About this antipasto platter presentation

Antipasto is rooted in Italian tradition and for that reason I went with the colors of the Italian flag. Green sweet basil, red cherry tomatoes, and white fresh mozzarella cheese are the anchors for this antipasto tray.

These three ingredients are always the components of another Italian classic: Caprese salad.

Of course these three ingredients by themselves make for a wonderful antipasto platter. As you can see, I added a few more goodies.

Italian Potluck Teaser

These are a couple of the other showstoppers from our most recent work potluck. Look for these potluck recipes soon!

If you’re wondering about some good Italian cheeses to include in your own Antipasto Recipe, take a look at some of these links:

We’ve featured quite a few Platter Talk recipes that use Italian Cheese, here are just a few of them:

See all our Italian Recipes on Platter Talk!

If you love cheese, see our full collection of cheesy recipes!

Antipasto Platter Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This antipasto tray from Platter Talk is a perfect solution to your appetizer needs. It’s perfect for potlucks, reunions, graduation parties and many other social events.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Yield: 20


  • 3 oz Prosciutto
  • 3 oz Pancetta
  • 6 oz Salami
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 cup marinated artichokes
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz Asiago cheese
  • 4 oz Romano cheese
  • 8 oz fig preserves
  • 12 oz crackers
  • 1 bunch sweet basil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes


  • Use a large serving platter to arrange contents of this Antipasto Platter.


Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 741mg, Potassium: 162mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 270IU, Vitamin C: 4.9mg, Calcium: 204mg, Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer/Snack, Pot Luck
Cuisine: Italain
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Antipasto of olives, dates, cheese, artichokes and crackers on table
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  1. Just over from your link at Carole’s Chatter; glad to meet you! Nothing says Summer Party quite like a beautifully put-together antipasto platter!

  2. 5 stars
    I am that annoying person that hovers over the anti pasta trays at food courts and grocery stores and with this I won’t have to – this is such a tasty platter – a must at every summer gathering.

    1. Shashi! How awesome to hear from one of my favorite foodie friends, it’s been way too long! You are so right about this antipasto, it has great potential to make summer get-togethers all that more fun and delicious. Once again, thanks so much for stopping by; I hope you are having a beautiful spring season.