Christmas Antipasto Wreath

This Christmas Antipasto Wreath is the perfect appetizer for your next holiday party! Italian meats, olives, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are skewered and placed around a board or large serving tray. It is loaded with flavor and is sure to impress your holiday guests!

If you need more appetizer inspiration this holiday season, check out my Christmas Deviled Eggs and my Italian Pinwheels!

Skewers with antipasto ingredients on them, arranged in the shape of a circle.

Holiday Inspired Antipasto

Antipasto is typically the first course of any Italian meal and usually consists of cured meats, cheeses, olives, fresh tomatoes and pepperoncinis. I decided to make it a fun Christmas appetizer and serve it all on skewers.

Arranged in a circle it makes an adorable Christmas inspired wreath that is almost too cute to eat! You can serve this Antipasto Christmas Wreath with a drizzle of balsamic glaze (homemade or store-bought work great) or extra oil from the marinated mozzarella.

Plus, this Christmas Antipasto Wreath is super easy to make and assemble. I know that around the holidays, easy and delicious appetizers are key. This easy appetizer comes out elegant and colorful and perfect for any festivities! It can also be made up to 2 hours ahead of time and kept in the fridge.

Ingredients for the Christmas antipasto wreath in a big, white bowl.

Ingredients

My Christmas Antipasto Wreath recipe includes whole, high quality ingredients for the best flavor possible! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Green Olives: Pitted green olives work great here. You can also get the ones that are filled with garlic!
  • Peppered Salami: I like the salami that is peppered for extra flavor and a little bite. Alternatively, you can use your favorite salami!
  • Prosciutto: Prosciutto is a high quality, Italian cured ham. It is rich and super yummy!
  • Marinated Mozzarella Balls: You can buy small, marinated mozzarella balls at the grocery store in the cheese section. If you prefer, you can get regular pearl mozzarella that isn’t marinated.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes add a freshness and brightness to this antipasto wreath.
  • Basil: A few leaves of basil on each piece of the wreath adds some more flavor.
  • Pepperoncinis: Personally, I love pepperoncinis and think they add a nice tart bite to this appetizer. I like to remove the stem and cut them in half.

Antipasto on skewers in the shape of a circle on a wooden surface.

How to Make the Christmas Antipasto Wreath

For this antipasto platter wreath, assembly is simple! Here are the instructions:

  • Thread a mixture of olives, salami, proscuitto, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and pepperoncinis onto long toothpicks. Repeat until there are no ingredients remaining. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 hours until you are ready to serve!

Skewers of antipasto arranged in a circle to replicate a wreath, on a wooden surface.

Tips for the Best Antipasto

  • Additional meat options: You can use salami and prosciutto like I did, or you can use different cured meats like ham or mortadella.
  • Additional cheese options: You can have little cubes of harder cheese like parmesan or grana padano. Any type of mozzarella cheese would also work really well.
  • Add even more fresh ingredients! You can add things like black olives and artichoke hearts, too!
  • Drizzle or dip! You can drizzle the antipasto wreath with a balsamic glaze (homemade or store-bought work great) or extra oil from the marinated mozzarella for some moisture and added flavor.

Hand taking one skewer of the antipasto wreath.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this appetizer wreath ahead of time?

You can make it ahead of time, but only by a few hours. I don’t recommend making this a whole day ahead of time since the juices from the olives and tomatoes will come out and soak the meat and cheese. You want this to be pretty fresh, but feel free to make a few hours ahead and refrigerate until you are ready to serve!

More Appetizer Recipes to Try

Christmas Antipasto Wreath

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24

This Christmas Antipasto Wreath is a perfect, beautiful appetizer for this year's holiday parties! With ingredients that are bursting with flavor, this holiday take on antipasto is sure to please.

Ingredients

  • 24 green pitted olives
  • 12 slices peppered salami
  • 12 slices prosciutto
  • 24 marinated mozzarella balls
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 24 slices of basil
  • 12 pepperoncini, stem removed and sliced in half
  • toothpicks

Instructions

Images:
  • Thread a mixture of olives, salami, proscuitto, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and pepperoncini on long toothpicks. Repeat until there are no ingredients remaining.
    Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours until you are ready to serve!
    Drizzle with homemade or store-bought balsamic glaze or extra oil from the marinated mozzarella.
Nutrition Facts
Christmas Antipasto Wreath
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 138IU3%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Antipasto, Christmas Recipes

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  • Nicolette

    Wow I absolutely love this idea! So simple yet impressive looking at the same time. Can’t wait to give it a try this year.

  • Charles

    I might use your Christmas Wreath Antipasto for Christmas but definitely for Super Bowl! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nathan

    Love this antipasto wreath, such a fun and interesting way to serve this appetizer! Can’t wait to try it for myself, adding all of the ingredients to my list now!!

  • Kathleen

    Fun, Festive and a perfect Holiday appetizer. I will definitely need to make 2 for my Holiday table.

  • Ryan Allen

    I can’t wait to make this for my Christmas party. It has all of my favorites and is so easy to make. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions.

  • Sara Welch

    What a quick, easy and beautiful spread for the holidays! Definitely making this for Christmas this year; looks too good to pass up, indeed!

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