Salads are a popular dish for parties and potlucks. They are easy to make, can be tailored to fit any dietary need or preference, and are usually enjoyed by most guests. However, even the best salads can get a little boring after a while.
I was recently at a party where the host served a delicious antipasto salad. It was a great dish, but I noticed that some of the guests were not sure what to pair with it. So, I’ve decided to write a blog post about side dishes that go well with antipasto salad.
If you’re looking for some new side dish ideas to serve with your antipasto salad, look no further! In this blog post, we will explore some delicious and nutritious options that will pair well with any antipasto salad.
Let’s get started!
What Goes with Antipasto Salad
- Asparagus with Lemon, Basil, and Parmesan Cheese
- Baked Spinach and Cheese Balls
- Parmesan Chicken Risotto
- Garlic Hummus
- Cauliflower Rice
- Italian Chicken Noodle Soup
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Shrimp Scampi with Pasta
- Toasted Focaccia Bread with Sardines
Asparagus with Lemon, Basil, and Parmesan Cheese
There are only a few ways to improve upon the perfection that is asparagus. One of those ways is to pair it with fresh lemon, basil, and parmesan cheese. This simple side dish is elegant and delicious, and it pairs perfectly with any antipasto salad.
Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable that is high in fiber, vitamins A, C, and K. It is also a good source of potassium and low in calories.
On the other hand, basil is an aromatic herb that is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Meanwhile, Parmesan cheese is a hard, aged cheese that is full of flavor. It pairs well with asparagus because it cuts through the vegetable’s sweetness and brings out its natural flavors.
Now, when you bring all of these together as a side dish for antipasto salad. The result is a dish that is healthy, flavorful, and beautiful.
Baked Spinach and Cheese Balls
These bite-sized balls of cheesy goodness are the perfect side dish for any antipasto salad. I love them because they are easy to make, and they can be made ahead of time.
Baked spinach and cheese balls are a great way to get your greens in while still enjoying a delicious side dish. The spinach provides a nutrient-rich base, while the cheese adds flavor and creaminess.
If you want the best possible version of this dish, I suggest using high-quality cheese. A good parmesan or romano cheese will do the trick.
You may find it helpful to roll the balls in some bread crumbs before baking. This will help them to hold their shape and prevent them from sticking to the pan.
Do not overcook the balls, or they will be dry and crumbly. Bake them until they are golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.
Parmesan Chicken Risotto
This creamy chicken risotto is a delicious and hearty side dish that pairs well with any antipasto salad. The parmesan cheese adds a depth of flavor to the dish, while the chicken provides a protein-rich base.
Risotto is a type of Italian rice dish that is cooked in broth until it is creamy and soft. It is then flavored with cheese, vegetables, or meat.
Parmesan chicken risotto is a popular dish because it is both flavorful and filling. It can be made and reheated ahead of time, making it a great option for busy weeknights.
I can boldly say that you can’t make the best parmesan chicken risotto without using a good quality chicken broth. Why? Because it is what will give the dish a richer flavor.
You can also add some white wine to the dish for an extra depth of flavor.
Have you ever tried pairing garlic hummus with an antipasto salad? If not, you’re missing out! This flavorful and creamy side dish is a great way to add some extra protein and flavor to your salad.
Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread that is made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice.
This flavorful and nutritious side dish is perfect for any antipasto salad. The garlic adds a pungent flavor to the dish, while the chickpeas provide a protein-rich base.
Try it. See. You’ll realize that garlic hummus is a fantastic addition to any antipasto salad. You’ll discover its rich flavor and nutritional value.
Did you even know that it is high in protein and fiber, low in calories, and high in antioxidants? Hmm. I haven’t even begun telling you about its health benefits.
If you’re looking for a low-carbohydrate side dish to pair with your antipasto salad, look no further than cauliflower rice. This delicious and nutritious side dish is a great way to add some extra vegetables to your meal.
Many people love rice, right? But what they don’t know is that cauliflower rice is a great alternative to traditional rice because it is lower in carbohydrates and calories. It is also a good source of fiber and vitamins.
When making this dish, I suggest using a food processor for the cauliflower. You can also use a grater, but it will take longer.
Cauliflower rice should not be overcooked, or it will become mushy. Cook it until it is soft and firm to the touch but not hard.
Italian Chicken Noodle Soup
Whenever you think of Italian food, what is the first dish that comes to mind? For me, it’s chicken noodle soup. This hearty and flavorful soup is a great way to add some extra protein and vegetables to your meal.
This classic Italian soup is made with chicken, noodles, vegetables, and broth. It is a simple yet delicious dish that can be made in under an hour.
When you’re preparing this soup, add a splash of white wine for extra complexity.
This flavorful and nutritious soup is perfect for any antipasto salad. The chicken provides a protein-rich base, while the noodles and vegetables add some extra nutrients.
There will never be a time when I don’t love stuffed mushrooms. This flavorful and nutritious side dish gives your taste buds a party in every bite.
Stuffed mushrooms are a great way to add some extra protein and vegetables to your meal. They are also a good source of fiber and vitamins.
Shrimp Scampi with Pasta
I once had a shrimp scampi with pasta dish that was to die for. The best part about this dish is that it can be made in under 30 minutes. That means you can have a delicious and healthy meal on the table in no time.
If you are in need of a quick and easy meal, this is the dish for you. Trust me, you’ll love it.
Toasted Focaccia Bread with Sardines
I don’t know what you’ve heard before about sardines. But I’m here to tell you that they are delicious. And when paired with toasted focaccia bread, they make for a delicious and nutritious meal.
Sardines are a great source of protein and omega-three fatty acids. They are also low in mercury and high in antioxidants.
Toasted focaccia bread is a flavorful and textured way to add interest to your dish. It’s also high in fiber and vitamins.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How should antipasto be served?
Antipasto should be served chilled or at room temperature (hot or cold). It is typically served as an appetizer before a meal.
What is the difference between antipasto and antipasti?
The difference between antipasto and antipasti is that antipasto is singular while antipasti is plural. Antipasti refer to multiple dishes, while antipasto refers to one dish.
What do Italians put in antipasto?
There is no one answer to this question as there are many different types of antipasto. Some common ingredients include olives, cheese, artichoke hearts, pepperoncini, vinegar, oil, meats, and vegetables.
Now that I have let all the cats out of my bag of side-dish secrets, what will you be serving with your next antipasto salad?
I hope you don’t take all this info and think that you have to have all of these side dishes with your salad. Just because I said they are great additions, doesn’t mean you can’t pick and choose what you like.
After all, variety is the spice of life.
But if you’re ever feeling stuck on what to serve with your antipasto salad, just remember this list of delicious and nutritious side dishes. You can’t go wrong with any of them.