Grinder Salad

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This grinder salad recipe is one you will want to make again and again. A salad version of the viral grinder sandwich, this salad is made with a delicious creamy dressing, crunchy lettuce, deli meat, and cheese.

Bowl with an Italian salad.


Why you will love this delicious Italian salad

If you are on social media like Tik Tok, Instagram, and Facebook, you have probably seen the viral grinder sandwich recipes. This is the salad version, similar to a “Sub in the tub” from Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop. There are so many things to love about this meal like:

Low carb – All the taste of a traditional grinder sandwich without the bread. Great if you are trying to eat less carbohydrates.

Versatile – This recipe can be easily adjusted to your taste and your favorite sandwich ingredients.

Ingredients needed

  • Iceberg lettuce – Iceberg lettuce is crunchy, crispy and perfect for this salad. You can substitute with Romaine lettuce or another crisp lettuce.
  • Mayonnaise – Use your favorite mayonnaise like Best Foods, or Hellmans.
  • Red wine vinegar – Red wine vinegar is the classic ingredient for grinder sandwiches but you can substitute with white wine vinegar or even apple cider vinegar.
  • Garlic – Minced garlic.
  • Parmesan cheese – Grated parmesan cheese is used in the creamy dressing.
  • Salt, ground black pepper, oregano, (red pepper flakes optional) – You can also substitute oregano with Italian seasoning.
  • Salami – Sliced and chopped hard salami.
  • Turkey – Sliced and chopped turkey.
  • Provolone cheese – Diced provolone cheese.
  • Tomatoes – Sliced cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, or a large diced tomato will work.
  • Red onion – Thinly sliced or diced red onions.
  • Pepperoncini – Use chopped pepperoncini peppers or banana peppers.
Bowl of lettuce, onion, tomatoes, meat, cheese, and mayonnaise.

How to make the Italian grinder salad

Step one: Place mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

Glass bowl with dressing.

Step two: Add in sliced red onions, pepperoncini, tomatoes, salami, turkey, and cheese. Top with lettuce and toss to fully combine and coat with the grinder salad dressing.

Bowl with chopped lunch meat, onions, tomatoes, cheese, and peppers.

Substitutions and additions

Meat – Use your favorite grinder sandwich sliced deli meat like salami, turkey, ham, pepperoni, roast beef, or capicola.

Cheese – You can substitute provolone with cheeses like mozzarella, colby jack, monterey jack, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, or others.

Vegetables – Try adding in more vegetables like diced cucumber, carrots, and bell peppers.

Chopped salad in a glass bowl.

Recipe tips

  • If you would like to make this into a grinder salad sandwich, toast a hoagie roll and spoon the salad mixture onto the rolls.
  • Don’t like spicy food, leave out the red pepper flakes.
  • I like to try and chop all of the ingredients into smaller pieces to make it easier to eat.

How to store leftover grinder salad

Store: If you won’t be serving this immediately, store the dressing separately from the salad and then toss together when ready to eat.

You can store the leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. If the salad is covered in dressing, it will only last 1-2 days before it becomes soggy. This does not freeze well.

Be sure to let me know if you try this recipe in the comments.

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5 from 16 votes

Grinder Salad Recipe

By Heather
This viral grinder salad is a delicious salad version of a grinder sandwich. Make with a creamy Italian dressing, crunchy lettuce, deli meat and cheese.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2



  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup diced provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped salami
  • 1/2 cup chopped deli turkey


  • Place mayonnaise, red vinegar, garlic, Parmesan, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine.
  • Add in sliced onion, pepperoncini, tomatoes, provolone, salami, and turkey. Top with lettuce and then toss well to combine and coat with the dressing.



Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 2323mg | Potassium: 998mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1999IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 426mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    One of my favorites… I have the deli cut the lunch meat into thicker slices as well as the cheese. I add some croutons for the crunch without adding too many carbs!