Classic Italian Antipasto Salad with Homemade Dressing

Classic Italian Antipasto Salad with Homemade Dressing is a vibrant and hearty salad that combines a variety of fresh vegetables, savory meats, and creamy cheese, all tossed in a tangy homemade vinaigrette. Perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish for a larger meal, this salad is a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy the flavors of Italy.


For the Dressing:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  •  ½ teaspoon of both salt and pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1 cup ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 3-4 cups chopped romaine lettuce hearts
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cubed salami
  • 1 cup of mozzarella, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup mini pepperoni
  • 7.5 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups grilled chicken breast, diced

Additional Optional Add-ins:

  • Olives
  • Pepperoncini peppers
  • Red onions


  1. Prepare the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Cook the Pasta:
    • Cook the ditalini pasta according to the package instructions. Strain, cool under cold water, and then place aside.
  3. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large salad bowl, combine the chopped romaine lettuce, halved grape tomatoes, cubed salami, mozzarella cubes, sliced cucumber, green onions, mini pepperoni, and chopped marinated artichoke hearts.
    • Add the cooked and cooled ditalini pasta and diced grilled chicken breast to the bowl.
  4. Add Optional Ingredients:
    • If using, add olives, pepperoncini peppers, and red onions to the salad for additional flavor and texture.
  5. Toss with Dressing:
    • Pour the prepared dressing over the salad ingredients and toss gently to ensure everything is evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to an hour to allow the flavors to meld. Enjoy this hearty and flavorful Italian Antipasto Salad as a complete meal or as a delicious side dish.


Classic Italian Antipasto Salad with Homemade Dressing is a flavorful and satisfying dish that brings together a variety of fresh and savory ingredients. The homemade dressing adds a tangy and slightly sweet note that complements the rich flavors of the meats and cheeses. Perfect for any occasion, this salad is sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.