Italian Antipasto Salad with meat and cheese

Italian Antipasto Salad with meat and cheese

By 09/02/2015

Whenever I eat preserved meats like salami or ham I always have this image of my dad promptly heading to the cellar ("la cantina") downstairs to fetch a salami that would be hanging from the ceiling.

The cantina had that unique smell emanating from the meat: a distinctive musty-sweet and strong aroma, like a fragrance which was utterly addictive. The cantina would also store several craters of bottles of grandad's homemade wine and demijohns. So a bottle would come up as well to go with the meat.

He would make ridiculously generous thick slices and gobble them down whilst munching "grissini" (Italian breadsticks). Then it would all be watered down with a glass or two of red wine. I could never recollect how many slices of salami he would eat in a really short space of time, neither did he care, he was too busy enjoying the moment.

With these memories in mind, over the weekend I have prepared a quick starter with ham, salami, Parmesan shavings and arugola, all drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A simple dish or appetizer you can prepare in minutes and with guaranteed success!


  • Prep Time : 15 minutes



Make the dressing by mixing the olive oil with the balsamic vinegar and the salt.

salad dressing

Pour the dressing on the arugola leaves and mix well so all the leaves are well impregnated with it.

pouring dressing on rocket

Scatter over some pieces of Parmesan

putting parmesan on the salad

Twist the ham and place it on the salad.

Italian Antipasto Salad Recipe

Roll the salami slices and arrange them on the plate. Put some olives in the middle and cherry tomatoes around it too. Let your creativity create this dish to your liking.

Italian Antipasto Salad Recipe

Enjoy with fresh rustic bread or breadsticks (grissini).

Italian Antipasto Salad Recipe

Italian Antipasto Salad Recipe

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3 Responses to Italian Antipasto Salad with meat and cheese

  1. la cucina di Molly

    Buonissimo questo antipasto, adoro la rughetta e con il prosciutto e il parmigiano sono un’accoppiata vincente! Un abbraccio carissima!

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Fabulous and delicious! What a lovely Antipasti salad. I have many memories also of my dad bringing home from his italian Deli the salami that he would have hanging from the ceiling. He never had it at home, but in the store the salami’s, the cheeses, and the pepperoni’s would be a sight to see. Your dish only has a few ingredients, but that is what is the best. The better the quality when it is simple foods. Your photo looks nice a fresh and crisp. Your rockets are like our Arugula. I love arugula, a little peppery and goes very nicely with the salami and the other ingredients. Thanks for sharing, and have a beautiful week…
    Dottie πŸ™‚

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Such a beautiful presentation and I bet it tastes even better with all the fresh quality ingredients.

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