This antipasto salad is a crowd pleaser because you can put something that each person loves in the salad together with items that others love. I grew up eating this salad at Thanksgiving but I have incorporated it into brunches, and it works well alone as a cool summer dinner. Note this is not a budget type meal. The cost of the ingredients adds up quickly, which was likely why as a child I only saw it at Thanksgiving. If your family hates an item simply omit it.
1 Small Head of Romaine and or Iceberg Lettuce (as they are crispy enough to withstand the layers of items and will not wilt as easy as spring mix).
1 Carrot ( Sliced into thin circles)
2 Stalks of Celery (Sliced into “u” shapes)
4 Fresh Mushrooms (sliced)
1 Small Cucumber (remove seeds)
1/4 Fresh Green Bell Pepper (sliced thin)
1 Large Tomato (sliced) or 8 Cherry Tomatoes (cut in half)
1 Small Can of Sliced Beets
1 Small Jar of Marinated Artichoke Hearts
1/2 Cup of Marinated Mushrooms
6 Baby Corn (from a jar or can found in the Asian aisle of any supermarket)
1/4 Cup of Red Roasted Peppers from a Jar
12 Baby Gherkin Pickles (sweet)
6 of Each Green and Black Olives
12 Slices of Genoa Salami (very thin)
12 Slices of Prosciutto Ham (paper thin)
12 Slices of Roast Beef (thin)
12 Slices of Provolone Cheese (very thin)
1/4 Lb. of Sharp Provolone (cut into very small cubes)
12 Med-Large Shrimp (Peeled, deveined, cooked, and cooled)
Start with a large platter and place the lettuce on the bottom layer.
Add the fresh vegetables, first spreading them out evenly so someone will receive a taste of each on a spoonful of salad.
Next layer on the jar and canned vegetables (hold out some of the olives for decorating).
Then layer the deli meats and cheeses. I roll most of the meats and whenever possible, I make a small slice into the salami and or provolone cheese and fold the two ends together to make a cone out of them. Place an olive inside each one
Lastly, add the seafood. I always place the Tono in the top-middle unless I know someone hates it, then I place to one side so they can avoid it.