Antipasto translates as “before the meal” and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal.
Our family traditionally serves a huge antipasto spread as the first course on Christmas Day, as many of you have seen, if you’ve followed me a while.
Every Christmas, we prepare an expansive and delicious antipasto spread like this one…
It’s naturally gluten-free and ours generally includes…. Roasted veggies, Caprese Salad, a Centerpiece Platter of Italian tuna, caponata & more, cured meats, and a recent add— Italian stuffed artichoke hearts!
And every year, we remark that we should make it as a meal when it’s not Christmas because it’s so yummy! Every once in a while we do, but not often, perhaps because we love the tradition of enjoying it with family over the holidays?
I’m not sure, because it’s easy, adaptable and a fan favorite!
So when I received requests for easy, packable lunches, this scaled down antipasto lunch came to mind.
Not only does it taste amazing and is customizable but it packs and travels well.
Now that many, if not most, of us are working from home, this idea may not be needed as a packed lunch, but it is more relevant than ever!
It is one of the easiest and yummiest meals ever, made with mostly canned goods!
No cooking required!
This one includes italian tuna packed in olive oil, caponata, jarred marinated artichokes, jarred roasted peppers, a caprese salad, olives, a simple green salad with an easy balsamic vinaigrette and some gluten-free crackers.
You can see by this photo how many canned or jarred pantry items it uses!
You can entirely customize this to your personal tastes and availability.
Here are some ideas:
- canned Italian tuna in olive oil (we used yellowfin tuna)
- canned or jarred Caponata Eggplant Appetizer
- jarred Marinated Artichokes
- jarred roasted red peppers
- black olives and/ or kalamata olives
- Sun-dried Tomatoes
- Fresh parsley and basil for garnish
- Caprese salad with fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil and fresh basil
- Roasted Veggies– our favorites for this meal usually include baby Eggplant, Zucchini and/ or Yellow Squash, Mushrooms
- Cured meats such as salami or prosciutto
- Italian Stuffed Artichoke Hearts
- Simple green salad
And it can be enjoyed as is or alongside your favorite gluten-free bread or crackers.
Here are some of our favorite crackers.
What are your favorites?
No matter what you choose or how you enjoy it, it is an easy and delicious lunch requiring minimal prep!
Hope you love it as much as we do!
Scroll down for antipasto ideas and let me know if you try it!