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The Viral Grinder Sandwich Should Be On Your Lunch Menu This Week

Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey that’s taken TikTok by storm? The Italian Grinder Sandwich, a sensation on social media, is not your run-of-the-mill deli creation. Packed with an array of delectable deli meats, a zesty slaw featuring iceberg lettuce and pepperoncinis, and encased in the softest garlic and herb-infused bread, this sandwich is a flavour explosion waiting to happen.

Today, we’re not just following the viral trend; we’re taking it a notch higher and making the Grinder Salad Sandwich even more irresistible.

The Viral Grinder Sandwich Recipe By Hajar Larbah

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Yields: 4 To 5 Sandwiches


For the Garlic and Herb Butter

  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Dried Oregano

For the Grinder Salad

  • 1 small head Iceberg Lettuce
  • ¼ cup chopped Pepperoncinis
  • ½ large Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar (red, distilled or apple cider)
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 to 2 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Salt, more to taste


  • Bread of choice
  • Deli Meats of choice (turkey, pastrami, salami, etc)
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Cheese of choice


1. Make the garlic and herb butter:

  • To a small bowl, add the melted butter, parsley, garlic, parmesan, black pepper and oregano. Mix together and set aside.

2. Prepare the Grinder Salad:

  • To a bowl, add water, ice, and the sliced red onion. Let it soak for at least 20 minutes to make it less bitter and more sweet. Drain.
  • Make the dressing in a small bowl by combining mayo, vinegar, garlic, parsley, mustard, parmesan, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning until smooth.
  • Add the lettuce, red onion, pepperoncinis and the dressing to a large bowl and toss together. Taste and adjust as per your liking.

3. Prepare the sandwich:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Brush the top of the bread with the garlic butter. Place cheese on the bottom of the bread and place it all on a baking tray and pop in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes just until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.
  • Once out of the oven, assemble with the deli meats on top of the cheese, then tomatoes, avocado(if using) and lots of grinder salad. Add the bread on top, press down, and cut in half to enjoy!