Chopped Antipasto Salad with Chicken

Looking for a flavor-packed dinner that’s going to be a hit? This healthy chopped antipasto salad recipe with chicken is loaded with fresh ingredients and is simple to make! It’s low-carb, paleo-friendly and kind of like eating an Italian sub without the bread (making it gluten-free, too)!

close up shot of antipasto salad recipe

Italian Antipasto Salad Recipe with Grilled Chicken

Let’s talk about what’s in this easy weeknight dinner! To begin, this antipasto salad has the best marinated and grilled chicken. Secondly, this salad has all of the best Italian meats. And finally it has crisp chopped lettuce, fresh veggies and an amazing basil balsamic dressing. Have I sold you yet on eating this salad, or what?! This salad is basically an Italian sub turned into a salad with dinner-worthy chicken added in to make this hearty and delicious. This is to say, this is the perfect salad to bring to potlucks, picnics or cookouts or make it for dinner tonight!

Italian dressing being poured onto antipasto salad

What is antipasto salad?

The word antipasto in Italian specifically refers to a pre-meal course. But in this instance I’m referring to the American style antipasto salad made up of cured meats and veggies. This antipasto salad recipe adds the extra addition of marinated grilled chicken to make it feel a little bit more like dinner. If you want an even easier meal you could skip the chicken and bulk up on the veggies for an even easier no-cook dinner recipe.

What kind of meats are in it?

The grilled chicken is the star of this dish along with classic Italian-American deli meats: pepperoni and salami! However, you can add any other Italian meats that you love. Some other great options are prosciutto, capicola or ham!

Can you make it ahead of time?

You can assemble everything for this salad about 2-3 days ahead of time, setting the dressing aside until ready to serve! Therefor, this hearty salad is a great meal prep option as well! You can make a big batch and pack some for the work week ahead.

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Grilled Chicken Chopped Antipasto Salad

Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 0:40

Ingredients

    Marinated Grilled Chicken

    Everything else

    Basil Balsamic Dressing

    Directions

  • Chop chicken and place into a plastic bag
  • Add all marinade ingredients into the bag, toss, and set in the fridge for 30 minutes or longer
  • While marinating, chop lettuce, roasted red peppers, tomato, salami, pepperoni, and onion
  • Arrange in your dish
  • Remove chicken and heat your grill to medium heat
  • Place chicken on the greased grill for 9-12 minutes, flipping halfway through
  • Remove chicken and add to your salad plate
  • Take the additional 1/2 tbsp of seasoning and sprinkle over salad
  • In a bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients
  • Pour over salad and enjoy
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    7 Layer Taco Dip

    This 7 Layer Taco Dip is just what any party, or fun Saturday night needs! 7 layers of Mexican inspired flavor that is so delicious! This dip is gluten-free and optionally dairy-free and paleo!

    7 layer taco dip recipe with meat and chips7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe

    Is there any better food to bring to a pot luck or serve at your own party than a 7 Layer Taco Dip? Don’t think so! This classic dip is made healthier here with a few homemade substitutes for standard store-bought ingredients, and so so worth it! This version is gluten-free and we offer a few substitutions to make it paleo and dairy free if you need it.

    Be warned: there is no way there will be any leftovers when this dish is served, so make sure you get in there early if you want to have some yourself!

    How to make a 7 Layer Taco Dip

    Make or gather all of the layers!

    • Layer 1: Refried Beans (or extra guacamole for paleo/whole30)
    • Layer 2: Cooked beef mixture
    • Layer 3: Salsa
    • Layer 4: Guacamole
    • Layer 5: Cooked beef mixture
    • Layer 6: Cheddar cheese (substitute another layer of salsa for paleo/whole30/dairy-free)
    • Layer 7: Chopped Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion

    Layer in all of the ingredients in an oven 8″x8″ (or similarly sized ) oven safe dish. After placing in cheddar cheese put in the oven to melt. Layer on the remaining and serve with hearty tortilla chips and veggies.

    baked 7 layer taco dip with meat

    Can this be made ahead of time?

    You can assemble and prep this entire dish 1 day ahead of time, with the exception of adding the fresh ingredients on top. You can prep those ahead of time though and have them all ready to go for your party. Right before serving place the assembled dip under the broiler to warm up and melt the cheese, and then top with fresh lettuce, tomato and onion.

    What to serve with this dip?

    Serve it with the classics: Tortilla chips (either corn or a grain free option like Siete) and veggies like celery, cucumber, peppers or carrots.

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    7 Layer Taco Dip

    Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 0:30

    Ingredients

      Layers

      Refried black beans

      Beef mixture

      Salsa

      • Store-bought or homemade

      Guacamole

      Directions

    • 1. Make refried black beans- Heat 1 tbsp oil of choice in a pan
    • 2. Add in beans and let heat for 3-5 minutes, begin mashing
    • 3. Add in spices, mash and mix well
    • 4. Add in 2 tbsp water; mix until water is combined
    • 5. Remove from heat and set aside
    • 6. Make beef- in a skillet heat oil and garlic
    • 7. Add in beef and cook until brown
    • 8. Add in tomatoes, spices, and hot sauce; let cook for 3-5 minutes then remove from heat and set aside
    • 9. Make guacamole and chop lettuce, tomato, and onions for layer 7
    • 10. Once all the layers are prepared, start assembling in your dish; serve and enjoy!
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