Veggie Antipasti Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Italian cuisine is known for full bodied Mediterranean flavors, and fresh ingredients. Whether it's minestrone soup, Italian salads, pasta, or pizza, most people are fans of Italian dishes, and eat them on a regular basis. Today, we bring you a recipe for a veggie antipasti Italian pasta salad that is sure to become one of your favorite quick meals. 

This recipe is brought to us by wellness coach and recipe developer Miriam Hahn who says, "This quick pasta salad is not only delicious, but healthy and light as well. [The] combination [of] tomato and basil [is] always a hit, but adding artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, and 2 types of olives takes this one over the top. The zesty lemon dressing is not heavy, nor laden with too much oil, and adds to the intense flavor profile." You can serve this on its own for a complete meal, or pair it with tomato soup or some Mediterranean grilled chicken.

Gather the ingredients for the veggie antipasti Italian pasta salad

To make this recipe, you'll need some fresh items from the produce department. Grab a red onion, grape tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and a lemon. Then, you'll need some rotelli or rotini pasta, Kalamata olives, green olives, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, and pepperoncinis from the dry goods area. You'll need fresh mozzarella balls, and then some basics for the dressing— olive oil, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. If you prefer a meatier salad, feel free to add in some salami, or pepperoni as well.

Cook the pasta, and chop the veggies

The first step is to get your pasta cooking according to the package instructions. While that is cooking, slice the red onion, and basil. Cut the tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and green olives in half. For the artichoke hearts and hearts of palm, Hahn says, "You can buy both of these already chopped to save time, but if you have the versions that are whole, give them a quick chop. Also, some mozzarella balls are already cut to bite-size [pieces] and some are larger, so trim those down accordingly."

Make the dressing

Grab a small bowl, and add in the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Crush the garlic using a garlic press, and add that in also. Whisk the dressing to combine everything, and get ready to assemble this masterpiece. 

Assemble, and serve the salad

Add the cooked pasta, red onion, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, green olives, basil, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, mozzarella, and drained pepperoncinis to a large salad bowl. Add the dressing, and toss everything together. This fabulous veggie antipasti is ready to serve — not bad for an under 30-minute meal. We hope this recipe will be added to your regular meal rotation. 

Veggie Antipasti Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
5 from 33 ratings
This Italian pasta salad recipe has antipasti favorites, like artichokes and olives, to create a quick and hearty dish.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
6
Servings
pasta salad in 2 bowls
Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 cups dry rotini or rotelli pasta
  • ¼ red onion
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 8 ounces grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup green olives
  • 15 ounces artichoke hearts
  • 15 ounces hearts of palm
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup pepperoncinis, drained
Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Then, drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, slice the red onion and basil, cut the grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and green olives in half, quarter the artichoke hearts, and chop the hearts of palm and mozzarella balls.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Use a garlic press to crush the garlic. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta, all of the prepared veggies, the drained pepperoncinis, and toss with the dressing. The pasta salad is ready to serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 474
Total Fat 19.9 g
Saturated Fat 6.6 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 29.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 56.7 g
Dietary Fiber 9.4 g
Total Sugars 4.1 g
Sodium 934.8 mg
Protein 20.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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