Italian Grinders

My grandma used to watch my cousins and I lot in the summers when I was a kid, and she often made us grinders for lunch and I love them! This recipe is apparently a viral tik tok recipe, although I saw it on pinterest. The pictures looked delicious so I gave it a try on these hoagie rolls.

This grinder has the typical salami, provolone and pepperoni but it also has turkey and grated parmesan and then it is topped off with a grinder salad made of shredded iceberg, red onion, banana peppers dressed in red wine vinegar and spices. I always sprinkle salt and pepper onto my grinder too before eating.

I loved the flavors and freshness of the grinder salad on this sandwich. The recipe suggested broiling the meat/cheese on the bread to melt it a bit but I like cold grinders with the cheese not melted so I skipped this step. If you prefer a warm grinder, I’m sure it is tasty that way too.

Italian Grinders

Tasty sub with salami, pepperoni, turkey, provolone, parmesan and grinder salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course, Sandwich
Servings 4 sandwiches


For the salad:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced pickled banana peppers
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper

For the sandwich:

  • 4 hoagie or sandwich rolls
  • 1/2 lb sliced salami whatever kind you like
  • 1/2 lb pepperoni sliced
  • 1/2 lb turkey I used smoked
  • 1/2 lb sliced provolone or mozzarella cheese or other sliced cheese
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine the salad ingredients and mix well.
  • Cut the rolls and add the meat and cheese. If you want to broil it, do so before adding the salad.
  • Add the tomato, salad, and grated parm. Serve with chips.
Keyword Lunch, Main Dish, Sandwich

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