Grinder Salad

the grinder salad in a grey bowl on a blue surface.

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All the ingredients you love in a grinder in a perfect side salad! Loaded with your favorite deli meats and cheeses combined in a seasoned mayo dressing.


4 cups shredded Iceberg lettuce
1 cup diced Canadian ham (you’ll use a full 6oz package)
1 cup diced Swiss cheese
3/4 cup diced salami
1/2 cup diced Roma tomatoes
1/3 cup diced red onion
3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
Cooking spray

For the Dressing
3/4 cup mayo
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon pickle juice
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and add the Panko. Carefully spray the Panko with the cooking spray, sprinkle with a bit of garlic powder and a dash of salt. Bake for 3 minutes, carefully stir, then bake for 1 more minute. Remove from the oven and add to a bowl and set aside until you’ve prepared the rest of the salad.

2. In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the dressing then set aside.

3. In a large bowl add the chopped lettuce. Add in the diced salami, Canadian bacon, cheese, red onions, and tomatoes. Pour in the dressing and stir until everything is well incorporated and covered in the dressing.

4. Top the grinder salad with as much of the toasted Panko as you’d like and serve! There will be enough Panko to sprinkle over the top, then for everyone to add to their individual serving.

This is best served right away so it doesn’t get soggy. If you’re serving this at a party just keep everything in separate bowls and combine them right before you’re ready to eat!


You might notice there’s no additional salt in the dressing. I found that the sodium in the pickle juice and the saltiness of the salami and ham give this enough added salt flavor.

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