What’s the viral “grinder salad” sandwich taking over TikTok?

Published: 2023-02-19T20:46:57

updated: 2023-02-19T20:47:38

TikTok’s latest culinary trend is taking the platform — but what exactly is the app’s viral “Grinder Salad” sandwich, and how can you make it at home?

When it comes to producing great food, TikTok is at the top of the food chain.

The popular video app has made several recipes and fast food “hacks” viral. Remember the delicious baked feta pasta that was there overall in 2021, or back then a Chipotle regular was teaching customers how to get a loaded burrito for just $2?

Now, TikTok has spawned another viral food-related craze, and it’s called the “Grinder Salad” sandwich.

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TikTok is obsessed with Italian grinder sandwiches.Unsplash.com: Eater Collective

TikTok is obsessed with Italian grinder sandwiches.

What is TikTok’s Grinder Sandwich?

To be honest, this trend wasn’t something TikTok invented… not yet. In reality, the grinder sandwich has been around for a long time.

A “grinder” is a type of sandwich on a long Italian bun with a crunchy outside that presents a challenge to chew – hence the name “grinder”.

The inside of the sandwich, however, is much softer and is filled with a variety of meats, such as salami, ham, and/or prosciutto, as well as cheese, lettuce, and vegetables.

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The sandwich is also known elsewhere as a regular submarine sandwich, although it’s particularly popular in New England.

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What is a grinder salad?

However, the lettuce and veggie mix that goes on a grinder sandwich is a slightly more specific matter. The recipe varies from region to region but TikToker ‘cookiterica’ gave us a pretty good recipe which is as follows:

  • 1 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Paprika flakes to taste
  • 1/2 cup banana peppers
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • Thinly sliced ​​onions to taste

How to make TikTok’s grinder sandwich

These sandwiches are super easy to make at home — just grab some hoagie buns, your choice of meat and veggies, and add some cheese. (Don’t forget the salad though.) Voila!

Don’t forget the spices, of course. Mayonnaise, olive oil or creamy Italian dressing are favorites for grinders.

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The most popular ingredients for grinders are ham, prosciutto or salami, provolone cheese, iceberg lettuce, banana pods, red onions, tomatoes, and your choice of dressing.

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This is just the latest food trend to hit TikTok. Previously, the app spawned a popular concoction called “Dirty Soda,” which combines coffee creamer, Coca-Cola, and lime. We’ll let you decide if that particular cocktail is what you want.

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