Have fun with your pantry items/ canned goods, and make the easiest and yummiest gluten-free meal yet! Based on an Italian Antipasto Spread, it's entirely adaptable to tastes and availability, satisfying and delish! Plus, there's no cooking required!
Easy Antipasto for Lunch!
Easy, Customizable, Satisfying and Delish!
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…
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
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!
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...