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Embracing the springtime produce with these simple Antipasto Tortellini Skewers with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette. Fresh cheese tortellini and mozzarella, marinated in a quick lemon basil vinaigrette, then layered onto skewers with roasted peppers, olives, tomatoes, and assorted meats. Serve the skewers with toasted ciabatta bread on the side and additional vinaigrette. This is the simplest of appetizers, yet so amazingly GOOD. Great for upcoming Mother’s Day and all the summer gatherings soon to follow.

overhead photo of Antipasto Tortellini Skewers with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

So excited to be starting the week off with this recipe, I told you guys it was coming!

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, and Memorial Day just a couple of weeks away, I’m definitely in appetizer entertaining mode. Even more so now as the weather begins to warm. People are slowly venturing out and getting back to “normal life” with small get-togethers.

I’ve been planning these for a couple of weeks now. I saved them for this week in hopes that you guys would make them for Mother’s Day. But I’m going to be honest, these are so fun and delicious that I’d even enjoy them for dinner. They’re a nice change-up from the usual!

overhead prep photo of Antipasto Tortellini Skewer ingredients

Here are the quick details

If you’re new to antipasto, it’s toasted bread cubes, olives, cherry tomatoes, artichokes, red peppers, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, cubes of sharp provolone, and fresh basil. I added my favorite cheese tortellini, which I felt like fit perfectly! I recommend mixing and matching your skewers. A few with olives and a few without. Maybe some with tomatoes and then some with peppers. I just kind of played around with combos and had fun layering them up. Any way you layer them they will be delicious!

Since you know I love everything with a little drizzle, I made a lemon vinaigrette for serving along with the skewers. The pesto keeps the veggies and bread from drying out while adding some serious flavor.

prep photo of pesto tossed Tortellini and mozzarella

I love the idea of skewered appetizers. They’re hand-held and easy for people to grab and go, but yet also personal bites with no sharing required! Perfect for outdoor entertaining.

What’s even better about these skewers is that you can assemble them ahead of time, keep in them the fridge, and then simply pull them out before serving.

Just before serving, I like to drizzle a little of the vinaigrette over the skewers. Then I let them sit for a bit to marinate. I also serve up the toasted bread cubes on the side as a nice crunchy bite. They’re something extra to dip into the vinaigrette – delicious!

Antipasto Tortellini Skewers with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

My final recommendation?

Try giving these a test run on Sunday for Mother’s Day. My hope is that you end up loving them so much that you recreate them all summer long.

Clearly, I am very excited for those warm summer days ahead over here!

PS. It is snowing!

Antipasto Tortellini Skewers with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette |

Looking for other antipasto recipes, try these:

Antipasto Pasta Salad with Herby Parmesan Vinaigrette

Greek Inspired Antipasto Platter

Antipasto Mozzarella Sandwich with Lemony Basil Pesto

Lastly, if you make this Antipasto Tortellini Skewers with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Antipasto Tortellini Skewers with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 20 skewers
Calories Per Serving: 215 kcal

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Lemon Basil Vinaigrette


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. On a baking sheet, toss the bread with olive oil. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted and golden. Season with salt.
    2. Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Season with salt and red pepper flakes.
    3. In a bowl, toss the tortellini and cheese together with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette.
    4. To assemble, thread the tortellini, olives, tomatoes, artichokes, red peppers, prosciutto/salami, cheese, and basil onto skewers. You can mix and match your skewers or make them all the same. 
    5. Arrange on a serving plate and serve drizzled with the vinaigrette and toasted bread.

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    1. Hey Maddy,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Suzanne,
      Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    Mmmm these are delicious, I especially love the vinaigrette which is full of flavour and incredible to eat.

    1. Hey there,
      Awesome! So great to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and thanks for making it! Have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kristin,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Jessica,
      I would probably make these no more than the morning of serving. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

    1. Hey Maureen,
      You can roast your own, or use jarred roasted red peppers, whichever you prefer. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. Just made these to bring to our Neighborhood Party…thought they would be a nice, portable appetizer!! Hope everyone likes them!
    ps – that vinagrette is YUMMY!!!!

    1. Hey Christine,
      I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      You could use white wine vinegar in it’s place:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    I made these this weekend and they were a huge hit. Will probably be my go to appetizer for the summer. Thank you!

    1. Hey Donna,
      Fantastic! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  4. Hi Tieghan,
    This recipe is so yummy! I made it as an appetizer for Mother’s Day and everyone loved it!

    I had some basil lemon vinaigrette dressing left over and put it on my salad with grilled chicken and was amazing! I was wondering do you think this vinaigrette could be used as a marinade to grill chicken breasts?


    1. Hey Tricia,
      Fantastic! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Yes, I think it would be great to marinate chicken with! xTieghan

    1. Hey Maria,
      Sure, just keep it covered in the fridge. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Davis,
      Yes, you will want to cook your tortellini:) I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        I just made these for my graduation luncheon (ages toddler to grandparents) and they were LOVED by all. And they are just gorgeous! Thank you!

        1. 5 stars
          Also- I should add. We are a tree nut/peanut free family due to allergies, so I swapped roasted sunflower seeds for the pine nuts and it was still yummy. I actually swap them for nuts (and peanuts) in all of your recipes! Works great ♥️

        2. Hey Bridgid,
          Fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

  5. Ah yes! My Italian grandfather always makes us what he calls “antipasta” ….I’ve always looked up recipes for it but non compares to his. This looks JUST like his Italian recipe but in a way cuter (and cleaner) form. (He would just mix all the ingredients with his hands in a bin… while smoking cigars haha). So excited to try this, I’ll let you know how my family loves it!

  6. Yeah, looks like she cut and pasted content from last years antipasto skewers with kale pesto and swapped the melon for tortellini and the pesto for vinaigrette. Not being negative, just pointing out an error. Both recipes are great!

    1. Hey June! Thank you so much for making me aware of my typo!! Not sure what happened there, but it’d all fixed now. No pesto or melon in this recipe! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    2. Hey June,
      The recipe has been fixed, but you can really play around with these skewers and add what you enjoy! I hope you love them! xTieghan

    1. Hey Carli,
      Thanks so much! I used ciabatta bread for this recipe, I hope you love them! xTieghan

  7. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. I love your recipes and can’t wait to read your post every morning with my coffee. I LOVE this pink platter with dipping bowl! Where can I find it? Thank you!

  8. The recipe says kale pesto but only basil was used plus, it also mentioned watermelon and cantaloupe… I am missing where you added these ingredients.


  9. Will be making this soon with few subs i love italian food sooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya