This charcuterie wreath is a pretty and festive appetizer that will steal the show at any holiday party or Christmas dinner. The 'wreath' is made from skewers filled with antipasto, Italian-inspired ingredients (tomatoes, mozzarella, salami and olives).
This is a simple way to make a charcuterie wreath that's ready in about 15 minutes and uses only 5 ingredients. You can also make it ahead of time if you need to save time on the day of an event.
The best part of this wreath is that it looks impressive but is fail-proof: you can customize it with your favorite ingredients and serve it on any large platter or cutting board you have on hand. It's always pretty and tasty!Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links to cooking items we love & use. If you purchase through one of these links we may earn a small commission.
Here's what you'll need to make this recipe. The full recipe card and ingredient list can be found at the bottom of the page.
- 4" skewers
- Mozzarella balls
- Grape tomatoes
- Green olives
- Rosemary sprigs
Here's how to make this recipe in 4 simple steps:
Step 1: Assemble the skewers. Layer the salami, mozzarella, tomatoes, and olives. Fold the salami in half or quarters before adding it to the skewers. Assemble the skewers randomly, changing up the order of the ingredients.
Step 2: Arrange the skewers. Place them in a circle on a large serving platter or cutting board. Add them in 2 layers if needed, depending on the size of your wreath.
Step 3: Tuck the rosemary into the wreath. Add it underneath your top layer so that it’s barely sticking out.
Step 4: Serve. enjoy immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Optionally, serve with a side of balsamic glaze or Italian dressing for dipping. Alternatively, drizzle the glaze or dressing over your wreath before serving.
Here's some of the most popular substitutions and additions for this recipe:
- Olives: green olives or a mix of green and black olives can be used. Popular options include castelvetrano olives (green) or kalamata olives (black). The olives should be pitted (pits removed).
- Salami: thin-sliced salami works best. I used a mix of Genoa and Milano salami but you can use any variations.
- Mozzarella: look for small or medium balls. I used an 8 ounce container of Ciliengine balls (cherry sized). If you use larger balls you can also cut them in half.
- Tomatoes: use grape or cherry tomatoes
- Other additions: some other popular additions to this wreath include peperoncini, sweet cherry peppers and artichoke hearts
- In the fridge: store your assembled wreath covered (airtight) in the fridge. It will taste best when eaten within 1 - 2 days but it will stay good for up to 3 - 4 days when stored properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, this can be made ahead of time: assemble your wreath and then store it, covered, in the fridge. It's best when served immediately or a few hours after assembly; but you can also store it overnight to save time on the day you want to serve it.
The simplest way to serve it is on a cutting board or serving platter! Optionally, you can also serve it next to a small bowl of balsamic glaze or Italian dressing for dipping. It can also be served with crackers or sliced bread.
How to Make a Perfect Circle: When it's time to arrange the skewers in a circle, start by placing one skewer at the far top, bottom, left, and right of your serving plate so that they form a square.
This will help keep your circle even and perfectly round. Then fill in the spaces between the first 4 skewers with the remaining ones.Print