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Grab your picnic basket and blanket and prepare for a fabulous Picnic! These scrumptious Antipasto Skewers are the perfect start to a day of fun in the sun!

A skewer of tomatoes, cheese, basil, and salami on a tray.

Summer is in full swing and it’s the perfect time for a picnic. Alfresco dinning is delightful when the weather is nice. Whether you head to the beach, the park, or your backyard, picnics are packed full of fun.

The Food

Foods that are easy to transport and easy to eat are a must. Take along bite-sized bites like these Antipasto Skewers, Sandwiches, Pasta Salads or hearty greens like a Strawberry Kale Salad, that won’t wilt in the heat. Fruit is a wonderful choice, as well as cheese or charcuterie. And don’t forget your favorite refreshing fun fruity beverage, like this Strawberry Lemon Drop, cocktail or mocktail version.

Just remember recipes don’t have to be boring and bland to be easy. My taste making friends from Sunday Supper Movement have come together to bring you wonderful ideas to bring life to your picnic!

Pretty Up this Picnic

When planning any gathering I always like to throw in some special decorating touches that make it “Pretty”ya’ll.  For inspiration build your ideas around your food items. To start,  I set down a table cloth that added a pop of color and a barrier to the ground. Then a beautiful basket is backdrop to bring in height, dimension, and hey you had to carry that stuff in something right.

With these Antipasto Skewers in mind, I added some store bought bread-sticks in a basket with a red & white napkin, plated some green and red grapes around an artichoke, which was used in the recipe.  To hold up the skewers, pasta was placed in a pretty glass dish which also added interest to the space.

Flowers bring color, these were on sale or I would have used come dried ones I had at home.  I wrapped them with a napkin that matched the one that went with the bread-sticks and some burlap ribbon tied to finish (I already had this in my closet).  Lastly to add a touch of greenery, I wrapped a basil plant with a simple white napkin and the setting is complete.

Southern Hospitality

These simple touches make your guests feel special and the occasion more  fun! Those little details go a long way! Making everyone feel special is what Southern Hospitality is all about!!

Antipasto Skewers

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Tortellini Antipasto Skewers
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Antipasto Skewers

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 skewers
Author: Nikki Lee
Antipasto skewers are the easiest appetizer. Loaded with flavor and so easy to make, these are perfect for picnics, parties, and more!
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  • 10 wooden skewers
  • 20 each tortellini, cooked
  • ¼ cup zesty italian dressing
  • 10 slices genoa salami
  • 10 slices pepperoni, sandwich cut
  • 20 basil leaves
  • 10 mini mozarella balls
  • 20 cherry tomatoes
  • 20 black olives
  • 10 artichoke slices, (1 can)


  • Cook tortellini pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Toss in dressing and let marinate for 15 or until ready to assemble. Discard marinade.
  • For each skewer, thread an olive, tomato, basil leaf, tortellini, basil leaf, folded salami slice, mini mozzarella ball, tortellini, basil leaf, folded pepperoni slice, artichoke heart, tomato, olive. You can switch up the arrangement if you like. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 148kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 17g (6%) Protein: 8g (16%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0.04g Cholesterol: 11mg (4%) Sodium: 557mg (24%) Potassium: 599mg (17%) Fiber: 8g (33%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 265IU (5%) Vitamin C: 23mg (28%) Calcium: 76mg (8%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. Oh I love this idea! You did such a nice job of making them pretty. I tried this once and they did not turn out as pretty as yours and of course they look delicious too!

  2. This looks so fun! I know a few households that would go crazy over this idea! Sharing!

  3. Oh my goodness, Nikki. You certainly do know how to pretty up a picnic. Love the elegant touch of bread sticks, too =) Pinning!