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Vegan Antipasto Salad




If you are someone who prefers to prep meals in advance and have them ready to go, vegan antipasto salad is a great option for that. This recipe is a fantastic choice for lunch, as it is nice and light, but keeps you full for a little while. The earlier you make this recipe in advance, the better – as it sits in the refrigerator, it has time to soak up all the wonderful seasonings and flavors. This recipe can be consumed hot or cold and tastes great either way. Antipasto salad makes for quite the nutritious meal with lots of vegetables.



What Is An Antipasto Salad Made Of?


The original non-Vegan version of antipasto included marinated olives and artichokes, a couple types of cheese, pickled red onions, either pepperoni or salami, and a variety of fresh vegetables. To give a burst of flavor, antipasto also often involves an Italian vinaigrette. It makes a great accompaniment to pizza, either homemade or take-out. To make a great Italian meal for family or friend gathering, order a couple of pizzas from your favorite pizza place, make an antipasto salad, and you’re good to go!






What Is The English Equivalent Of Antipasto?


We equate antipasto to an appetizer in the United States. Appetizers can be eaten hot or cold, along with either being cooked or raw depending on the food item being offered. Appetizers can be served in individual portions to each person or on a large plate for everyone to take from. Great ways to change up your antipasto plate to make it unique include making a caprese version for the summer months, incorporating mozzarella, tomato, and basil or adding in bruschetta for a fresh and tangy component to dip crispy bread slices in.



How Healthy Is Antipasto?


It really depends on what ingredients are used in the antipasto. If an antipasto salad contains a lot of cheese, that is going to make it an unhealthy option. For versions that contain a variety of vegetables, that will be a better option for one’s health. Overall recommendations to make a healthy antipasto include to go light on the amount of cheese and use a variety of vegetables instead of just one or two.







What Is The Best Choice Of Antipasto?


If you are looking to use some cheeses, go light on the amount, but also provide a variety. Some of the best cheese choices are provolone, Parmigiano Reggiano, and fresh marinated mozzarella balls. Pickled vegetables are also a common choice to include in an antipasto, adding some spice or zing to the dish. Some great choices include pepperoncini, cherry peppers, and roasted red peppers. For marinated vegetables, providing an even bigger burst of flavor, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms are good choices. Some great fresh options to incorporate are cherry tomatoes, orange slices, and grapes. If you want to include dried fruits, try figs, apricots, or dates. Lastly, for cracker options, grissini, Italian breadsticks, and taralli go well with antipasto.



What Is The Difference Between Antipasto And Antipasti?


There really is not a difference between antipasto and antipasti. Antipasto is the singular term, while antipasti is the plural term. So, when using the words yourself, if you are serving up a singular piece of cheese or bread, it should be called antipasto. If a whole platter is being served, or multiple items on one plate, then use the term antipasti.






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DeLallo. (n.d.). Antipasti: Meal, social gathering or both? DeLallo.

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Vegan Antipasto Salad

Vegan Antipasto Salad

Yield: 8
prep time: 15 M cook time: 0 M total time: 15 M


  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, torn or chopped
  • 15 ounces cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 18 ounces artichokes in water, drained and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch coins and cut in halves
  • 1/2 cup picked red onions or raw red onions
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, cut in halves
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 10-12 tri-colored baby potatoes, boiled, then placed in an ice bath and cut into halves
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning


How To Make A Vegan Antipasto Salad

  1. Place potatoes in a pot covered with cold water and add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  2. Bring water to a boil; boil for 15 minutes uncovered.
  3. Remove potatoes from the stove, transfer them to a colander, and then into a bowl of cold water with ice to cool potatoes.
  4. When potatoes are cool, remove, dry, and cut into halves.
  5. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender.
  6. Blend and refrigerate until ready to dress the salad.
  7. Place torn/cut lettuce into a large bowl.
  8. Add other ingredients.
  9. Add dressing right before serving.
  10. Toss dressing with salad and serve in individual bowls.
  11. If you plan only to eat a portion of the salad, do not dress the entire salad. Instead, place undressed amounts of salad in the refrigerator and dress when eating.
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