Italian Grinder Salad – Barefeet in the Kitchen

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Crisp veggies, juicy tomatoes, and an assortment of meats and cheeses are tossed together with a deliciously creamy dressing to make this Italian Grinder Salad.

Grinder salad with lots of meat, cheese, and tangy dressing

grinder salad

Wow. This salad. very good! The moment I tasted the Italian Grinder Sandwich I shared earlier this week, I knew I needed a salad. My favorite was the tangy coleslaw mix that topped the sandwich, so I wanted to make the most of that flavor combination with a hearty salad.

Luckily, I had a lot of leftover ingredients, so I was able to make this salad the next day. My whole family gave this two thumbs up so I’m sure I’ll be making it again soon.

If you don’t need eight servings at a time or aren’t feeding three teenage boys, prepare all the ingredients for the grinder salad and separate them in airtight containers, following the instructions in How to Eat a Salad Every Day. We recommend that you store it in .

Simply stash your meat and cheese in several Ziploc bags or containers and pour the grinder salad dressing into the jar until you need it. This makes it super easy to prepare salads consistently and quickly.

When you’re ready to enjoy a great salad, simply mix together the desired amount of each ingredient in a bowl and toss with a little dressing for each serving. These ingredients can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

A ceramic plate with salad next to a striped napkin

What is a grinder salad?

So, what is a grinder salad in the first place? It’s similar to the classic Italian sub sandwich, but in the form of a fresh, crunchy salad. Loaded with deli meats and vegetables, this easy lunch option is bursting with bold flavors and bright textures.

Like all salads, this recipe is also very versatile. You can change the ingredients according to your preference. Add pepperoni and roast beef or swap the pepperoncini peppers for banana peppers. You could also add black olives, but your brother might disagree.

salad dressing ingredients

grinder salad recipe

To make this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

  • shredded crispy vegetables
  • Red onions, grape tomatoes, peperoncini peppers
  • Ham, salami, turkey, prosciutto
  • Provolone or cheddar and parmesan cheese
  • Mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, peperoncini juice
  • fresh garlic
  • red chili flakes
  • Italian seasoning, salt and pepper
Mix peperoncini, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, vinegar, and spices all in a glass bowl.

italian grinder salad

First, start by preparing the ingredients for the salad. Slice or shred the lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and peppers. Next, chop the meat and cheese and finely chop the Parmesan.

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, pepperoncini juice, vinegar, garlic, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine. Next, taste the dressing and adjust the vinegar, salt, and pepper to your liking.

When you’re ready to eat, add the ingredients to a bowl and top with the dressing. Then toss with tongs to coat. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and serve immediately.

Italian salad ingredients on wooden table

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Grinder salad on plate next to bowl of ingredients

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Quantity: 8

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  • In a large bowl, combine lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pepperoncini, turkey, ham, salami, prosciutto, cheddar or provolone, and Parmesan cheese. Mix with tongs to combine.

  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, pepperoncini juice, vinegar, garlic, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste the dressing and adjust the vinegar to add acidity if necessary. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

  • When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss with tongs to coat. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and serve immediately.

calorie: 564kcal · carbohydrates: 9g · protein: 30g · fat: 46g · Saturated fat: 16g · Polyunsaturated fats: 12g · Monounsaturated fats: 14g · Trans fat: 0.05g · cholesterol: 98mg · sodium: 2003mg · potassium: 550mg · fiber: 2g · sugar: Fourg · Vitamin A: 1132IU · Vitamin C: twenty onemg · calcium: 363mg · iron: 2mg

Grinder salad on plate next to bowl of ingredients

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