Italian Grinder Salad – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Crunchy greens, juicy tomatoes, and a medley of meats and cheeses are drizzled in a delicious creamy dressing to make this Italian Grinder Salad.

grinder salad with lots of meat, cheese, and plenty of tangy dressing

Grinder Salad

Whoa. This salad. It is SO good! As soon as I tasted the Italian Grinder Sandwich that I shared earlier this week, I knew that a salad needed to happen. The tangy slaw mixture topping the sandwiches was my favorite part, so I wanted to make the most of that flavor combination in a loaded salad.

Luckily, I had plenty of extra ingredients on hand, so I was able to make this salad the very next day. The whole family gave it two thumbs up and I’m pretty sure I’ll be making it again soon.

If you don’t need 8 servings all at once, or if you aren’t feeding 3 teenage boys, I suggest prepping all of the grinder salad ingredients and storing them separately in airtight containers, as instructed in How To Eat A Salad Every Day.

Just stash the meats and cheeses in a couple of ziploc bags or containers, and pour the grinder salad dressing into a jar until it is needed. This makes it so much easier to prepare salads consistently and quickly.

When you’re ready to eat a great salad, just combine however much of each ingredient you need in a bowl and toss your individual serving with a bit of dressing. These ingredients should keep well in the fridge for several days.

pottery plate with salad piled on it, next to striped napkin

What is a Grinder Salad?

So, what is a grinder salad, anyway? It’s like the classic Italian sub sandwich, but in a fresh, crisp salad form. Loaded with deli meat and veggies, this quick lunch option is bursting with bold flavors and vibrant textures.

As with all salads, this recipe is quite versatile. You can change the ingredients to suit your preference. Add pepperoni and roast beef, or swap out the pepperoncini peppers for banana peppers. You can even add black olives, though my brother may call me to disagree.

dressing ingredients for salad

Grinder Salad Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • shredded crunchy greens
  • red onion, grape tomatoes, and pepperoncini peppers
  • ham, salami, turkey, and prosciutto
  • provolone or cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese
  • mayo, red wine vinegar, pepperoncini juice
  • fresh garlic
  • red pepper flakes
  • Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper
Pepperoncini, parmesan, mayonnaise, vinegar, and spices, all mixed in glass bowl

Italian Grinder Salad

Start by preparing the ingredients for the salad. Slice or shred the lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and peppers. Then, chop the meats and cheeses and shred the parmesan.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pepperoncini juice, vinegar, garlic, Parmesan, Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine. Then, taste the dressing and adjust the vinegar, salt, and pepper, as desired.

When ready to serve, add the ingredients to a bowl and pour the dressing over them. 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 bowls of ingredients

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Servings: 8

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

  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pepperoncini juice, vinegar, garlic, Parmesan, Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste the dressing and adjust the vinegar for more tanginess, if desired. Adjust the salt and pepper, as desired.

  • 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.

Calories: 564kcal · Carbohydrates: 9g · Protein: 30g · Fat: 46g · Saturated Fat: 16g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g · Monounsaturated Fat: 14g · Trans Fat: 0.05g · Cholesterol: 98mg · Sodium: 2003mg · Potassium: 550mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 1132IU · Vitamin C: 21mg · Calcium: 363mg · Iron: 2mg

grinder salad on plate next to bowls of ingredients

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