Antipasto Skewers

Hi Everyone!

If you read my 6 Last-Minute Appetizers and Desserts post a month or so ago then you’ll likely recognize these yummy little Antipasto Skewers. I make these all the time when entertaining because they’re seriously so easy, they’re portion controlled, they have a variety of colors, flavors, and textures, they don’t require silverware, and at the end of the day, people just like them.

I like to use the fresh tortellini in the refrigerated section of the store because they are larger than the dried variety and they cook in boiling water in just 5 minutes. I usually find that while the water comes to a boil, I can wash the tomatoes and dig through the drawers to find my skewers (I always move them because the girls find them and then try to use them as swords).

A great shortcut trick when making these is to swing by a grocery store and buy olives, marinated cheese, roasted peppers and more from the antipasto bar. It saves me from having to cube cheese, drain olives, etc. and they are already packed with flavor. However, if you don’t have that option, you can easily purchase a block of cheese and a jar of your favorite olives.

Once you thread the ingredients, drizzle them with either balsamic reduction (you can do this yourself or purchase at the grocery store), balsamic vinaigrette (make your own or use bottled), or olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If you have some high quality sea salt or even Kosher salt, it doesn’t hurt to give these a small sprinkle along with some cracked black pepper.

That’s it! I’ll change things around sometimes and add a leaf of fresh basil to each skewer or a pepperoni but the options and flavor variety are up to you.

Let me know if you try these and if you have a favorite flavor combination!

Make sure to check out the rest of my ideas in the Last Minute Appetizers and Desserts post to learn how to make a simple dessert crostini bar, chocolate-dipped meringues, Meditteranean Hummus and more!


Antipasto Skewers

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 25-30 skewers 1x


Antipasto Skewers are your appetizer solution when you’re in need of a simple, flavor-packed recipe that feeds a crowd.



  • 1 9-oz package fresh tortellini
  • 2530 grape tomatoes (I like to vary the color and shape)
  • 12 blocks cheese ((cheddar, mozzarella, etc. or you can use mini fresh mozzarella balls), 8-oz)
  • 1 jar of your favorite olives
  • 1 bottle balsamic vinaigrette


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Gently rinse with cold water. Set aside
  2. While tortellini cooks, wash and prep the vegetables and herbs. Thread ingredients onto 6-inch skewers beginning with the tortellini and then adding cheese, tomato, and olive.
  3. *See blog post for shortcut ideas and flavor variations.