This Italian Grinder Salad with pasta is a fun and delicious twist on the viral TikTok grinder sandwich recipe. Loaded with al dente Delallo Food’s tortiglioni pasta, hard salami, pepperoni, ham, vegetables, and freshly grated provolone cheese this recipe is hard to resist. Perfect for picnics or any gathering you’re going to love this delicious recipe.

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This post was sponsored by Delallo Foods. While I was compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.

Italian Grinder Salad – Healthyish Foods

Ingredients Needed for Italian Grinder Salad with Pasta

Pasta – For this recipe, I used Delallo Food’s tortiglioni pasta. I love this cut because it’s easy to eat and tastes amazing with the other ingredients. Plus, it holds onto the dressing, so you get a little taste with every bite. Be sure to cook the pasta al dente as it will continue to soften once it soaks up the dressing.

Vegetables / Herbs – You’ll need diced red onion, halved cherry tomatoes, and half of a small head of iceberg lettuce. Roughly chop the lettuce so it isn’t too small but is still easy to eat. You’ll also need to chop some fresh Italian parsley for this recipe. Finally, you’ll drain a ¼ cup of Delallo’s mild Chicago style giardiniera and give it a fine dice.

Meats – You’ll need to cut Delallo’s sliced hard salami and Delallo’s sliced pepperoni into quarters or wedges. Repeat for the sliced deli ham as well.

Cheese – Grab your box grater and freshly grate ¾ cup of Delallo’s provolone cheese wedge. This cheese is smooth and creamy which tastes amazing with the other ingredients.

Dressing – Combine Delallo’s private reserve extra virgin olive oil, Delallo’s red wine vinegar, honey, dried oregano, salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and cracked black pepper. Mix well.

Italian Grinder Salad – Healthyish Foods

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ’s

Can I prep this ahead of time? Yes! Reserve the homemade dressing in an separate container until you are ready to eat the salad. You do not want the dressing to sit on the salad for too long, as it could wilt the lettuce over time.

Why do you cook the pasta al dente? I like when my pasta has a slight chew to it. Plus, it will absorb the dressing as it sits, so this prevents the pasta from getting too soft and mushy.

How to Make Italian Grinder Salad with Pasta

Mix the Dressing

Mix the dressing in a small mixing bowl and set it aside.

Boil the Pasta

Boil a pot of water and cook the pasta according to the package. Al dente is best. Drain the water and drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil to prevent sticking while it cools.

Assemble

Once the pasta has cooled, add it to a large mixing bowl. Add the diced red onion, halved cherry tomatoes and finely diced giardiniera to the bowl.

Next, add the sliced hard salami, pepperoni, and ham wedges to the bowl as well. Then, add the chopped fresh parsley, and grated provolone cheese. Top with the dressing and toss everything together.

As a final step, gently fold in the chopped iceberg lettuce. Finish it with a few turns of cracked black pepper and enjoy.

Italian Grinder Salad – Healthyish Foods

Storage

Dressed salad is best enjoyed immediately. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days.

If you love this recipe, give my Chicken BLT Pasta Salad or my Italian Pasta Salad recipes.

Italian Grinder Salad – Healthyish Foods

Italian Grinder Salad

This Italian grinder salad with pasta is a fun and delicious twist on the viral TikTok grinder sandwich recipe. Loaded with al dente Delallo Food’s tortiglioni pasta, hard salami, pepperoni, ham, vegetables, and freshly grated provolone cheese this recipe is hard to resist.
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces tortiglioni, cooked al dente, Delallo Foods
  • ½ cup red onion, diced small
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup mild Chicago style giardiniera, drained and finely diced, Delallo Foods
  • 8 slices sliced hard salami, cut into wedges, Delallo Foods
  • 8 slices sliced ham, cut into wedges
  • 8 slices sliced pepperoni, cut into wedges, Delallo Foods
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • ¾ cup provolone cheese, freshly grated, Delallo Foods
  • ½ small head iceberg lettuce , roughly chopped

Dressing

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, Delallo Foods
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, Delallo Foods
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1.5 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes

Equipment

  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • 1 large mixing bowl

Instructions 

How to Make Italian Grinder Salad with Pasta

    Mix the Dressing

    • Combine extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, kosher salt, garlic powder, cracked black pepper, dried oregano, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Whisk until well combined.

    Boil the Pasta

    • Boil a pot of water and cook the pasta according to the package. Al dente is best. Drain the water and drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil to prevent sticking while it cools.

    Assemble

    • Once the pasta has cooled, add it to a large mixing bowl. Add the diced red onion, halved cherry tomatoes and finely diced giardiniera to the bowl.
      Next, add the sliced hard salami, pepperoni, and ham wedges to the bowl as well. Then, add the chopped fresh parsley, and grated provolone cheese. Top with the dressing and toss everything together.
      As a final step, gently fold in the chopped iceberg lettuce. Finish it with a few turns of cracked black pepper and enjoy.

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    Notes

    Frequently Asked Questions FAQ’s

    Can I prep this ahead of time? Yes! Reserve the homemade dressing in an separate container until you are ready to eat the salad. You do not want the dressing to sit on the salad for too long, as it could wilt the lettuce over time.
    Why do you cook the pasta al dente? I like when my pasta has a slight chew to it. Plus, it will absorb the dressing as it sits, so this prevents the pasta from getting too soft and mushy.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving, Calories: 528kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 0.04g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 1487mg, Potassium: 454mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 594IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 163mg, Iron: 2mg