Simple Antipasto Salad

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2014/08/06 by nikkiledford


We got a puppy!

His name is Tiny, and he’s a 9 month old St. Bernard rescue.

We took him to the beach the other day.

beach day


He ran and played in the water until he was so tired that he passed out in the back of the car. Which was good, cause by the time I brought out this salad I didn’t want a beggar over my shoulder.

Antipasto Salad is a traditional feature of Italian dining. Meaning “before the meal”, Depending on the region, Antipasto is typically composed of cured meats, olives, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, italian cheese, and other pickled and cured delights. Antipasto doesn’t only have to be an appetizer or “starter” to a meal, it can also be transformed into a great paleo entree!

Make it strict paleo by leaving out the cheese, but feel free to combine any of these ingredients into a world-class beach or picnic dish.

  • cubed or chopped salami
  • peperoncini
  • marinated olives
  • fresh or sun-dried tomatoes
  • parmesan or mozzarella
  • roasted garlic
  • pickled red onion
  • mushrooms (marinated or fresh)
  • sardines


Simple Antipasto Salad

1 medium log salami, chopped (check for weird preservatives and dairy in case you are sensitive)
1/2 c. grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 c. pitted marinated olives
1 bulb garlic, roasted
1 tsp. dried oregano
generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

  1. To roast the garlic, heat your oven to 350.
  2. Take your bulb of garlic and separate all the cloves, but leave them in their peel.
  3. Lay the cloves on parchment paper and roast until fragrant (10 mins or so)
  4. They should be soft when squeezed.
  5. Cool the cloves and once they are cool, remove the peels.
  6. Toss the ingredients in a bowl and let sit overnight for the best tasting PALEO! salad ever.

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This was SO EASY to throw together.
The MVPs
1. Chili lime seasoning from Trader Joe's 
2. Mango Salsa from Costco (I blame @girlsgonewodpodcast for this discovery).
Marinate the chicken thighs in lemon/lime juice and chili seasoning before putting on the grill.
Chop up cucumber and shred some cabbage.
Mix together chopped grilled chicken, salsa, cuke, cabbage, and too with some avocado. ☀️🥗☀️🥗☀️ Geoff has decided to try the keto diet which means more toast for me 😏 Doin' it.
Had a bit of a meltdown last night and realized I need more life in my life.
Social media is awesome. I love sharing photos of healthy food, fun times, and my awesome family @theledfordcrew; but nothing replaces time with them, giving life and work my full attention, and cultivating my in-person relationships.
For Mother's Day, I'm giving myself the gift of presence and I'm going to do it for the whole month.
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