Italian Grinder Salad Recipe

Today, we’re stepping away from the beauty station and venturing into the kitchen. Why? Because taking care of ourselves doesn’t just end with the perfect skincare routine or the ultimate capsule wardrobe. It extends to what we put into our bodies. Food is wellness, and wellness is beauty. Let’s face it—meal prepping can be an absolute drag. We’re all trying to juggle a myriad of responsibilities, from work to beauty regimens, and still find time for self-care. So, when lunchtime rolls around, we’re often tempted to reach for something quick and not-so-nutritious. Enter the Italian Grinder Salad—a dish that’s as chic as it is functional, perfect for women on-the-go.

Originally inspired by the hearty Italian Grinder sandwich, this salad is no less satisfying or indulgent. We’re taking the best elements—juicy meats, crispy veggies, and robust flavors—and turning it into a dish that will not only satiate your tastebuds but also nourish your body. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to level up your everyday eating experience.


For the Salad:

  • Iceberg Lettuce, thinly shredded
  • Romaine Lettuce, thinly shredded
  • Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • Genoa Salami, thinly sliced
  • Pepperoni, thinly sliced
  • Black Forest Ham, thinly sliced
  • Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

For the Dressing

  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ tsp Garlic Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ cup Banana Peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese


Step 1: Whip Up Your Dressing

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, oregano, italian seasoning, garlic salt, garlic powder, banana peppers, and parmesan cheese. Mix well to combine and set aside.

Step 2: Prepare Your Salad Base

Start by washing your mixed greens thoroughly. Spin them in a salad spinner or pat dry with paper towels to remove excess water. Place the greens into a large mixing bowl. Throw in your halved cherry tomatoes and thinly sliced red onions into the bowl. These ingredients add not only color but also a variety of textures and flavors.

Step 3: Bring in the Protein

Add the salami, pepperoni, and ham to the bowl. If you’re vegetarian, you can opt for plant-based alternatives. These proteins elevate the salad from a side dish to a main course, giving you the energy you need to get through the day.

Step 4: Dress and Toss

Pour the dressing over the salad and give it a good toss to make sure everything is well-coated.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

Transfer the salad to a beautiful serving dish or plate it up individually. Pair it with a lovely glass of iced lemon water, and you’ve got yourself a meal that screams “Effortless Elegance.”

There you have it—your very own elevated Italian Grinder Salad, perfect for a nutritious and delectable lunch. As we focus on leveling up every aspect of our lives, let’s not overlook the power of a good meal. Bon Appétit!