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Italian Sub Salad Recipe

Italian Sub Salad is such a simple and delicious dinner or side dish idea. It’s all the fixings of your favorite hoagie without the bread. On warm weather nights this sub salad is a full meal.

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Italian Sub Salad is the number one requested picnic dish in our family. The recipe is so quick and easy and most times I have the ingredients on hand.

I like the fact that the recipe doesn’t need to be followed in detail. You can add and adjust to your family’s personal tastes and eating habits. Dump and pour recipes are my favorite!

Feel free to add anything else your family would eat on a hoagie or sub. You can serve this as a salad or on rolls if you like. 

What do I put in a hoagie salad?

This is just a suggestion of ingredients. Just like the best hoagie or sub, you get to put on whatever you like! This sub salad is perfect because you can put on the things you like and leave out anything you don’t like!

Featured image showing the finished Italian sub salad ready to eat.

If you have picky eaters in the house you can always whip up the base of the salad with the meat, cheese, sauce, and lettuce and let everyone add their own toppings!

  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Hard salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Cheese (your choice)
  • Italian dressing
  • Onion thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes cubed
  • Mayo
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Black olives
  • Sweet peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Pickles
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers

How to make this easy sub salad:

Clean lettuce and tear into bite size pieces and place in large bowl with onion.

Chop meat and cheeses into bite size pieces.

Toss together those ingredients and then add dressing and toss again.

Add mayo and toss once more! Add more dressing or mayo if needed so that it’s saucy enough for your taste!

A close up view of the finished hoagie salad ready to eat.

Add any optional ingredients you might like and then sprinkle with Italian Seasoning.

Gently fold in Tomatoes.

Chill and serve immediately.

Can I make this Italian Sub Salad in advance?

This salad does not store well. Plan to eat it all in one sitting or you will have a soggy mess of leftovers. Great for tailgates, picnics, pot lucks and more. Makes a great all in one meal on a hot summer evening! Enjoy.

The good news is that you can make this recipe in a flash. It doesn’t need a lot of prep work so you don’t have to worry that you can’t prep this one in advance!

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Printable Italian Sub Salad Recipe:

Here’s a printable version of this super easy recipe. The ingredients are totally a suggestion. It’s what we put in our version of Italian Sub Salad. Feel free to leave out anything that your family doesn’t like and add in your favorite sub or salad toppings!

Featured image showing the finished Italian sub salad ready to eat.

Italian Sub Salad Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Feel free to add anything else you like to eat on a hoagie or sub. You can serve this as a salad or on rolls. Great for a get together or to spice up your salad! This salad does not store well. Plan to eat it all in one sitting or you will have a soggy mess of leftovers.


  • Large head Iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 lb hard salami
  • 1/4 lb pepperoni
  • 1/4 lb ham
  • 1/4 lb turkey
  • 1/2 lb cheese (your choice)
  • 1/8 C Italian dressing
  • small onion thinly sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes cubed
  • 2 - 3 TBSP mayo
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Optional ingredients
  • black olives
  • sweet peppers
  • hot peppers
  • pickles
  • cucumbers
  • peppers


  1. Clean lettuce and tear into bite size pieces and place in large bowl with onion.
  2. Chop meat and cheeses into bite size pieces
  3. Toss together.
  4. Add dressing and toss again.
  5. Add mayo and toss again.
  6. Add more dressing or mayo if needed.
  7. Add any optional ingredients.
  8. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning.
  9. Gently fold in Tomatoes.
  10. Chill and serve immediately
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 264Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 57mgSodium 639mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 14g

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  1. Erin Arndt says:

    Another great addition is artichoke hearts!

  2. This is commonly called antipasto salad! Mix the meat and cheese with Italian dressing put over lettuce when served
    Nothing new….

  3. How long can this sit for, before it becomes soggy?

    1. If you are worried about it getting soggy, you may want to add dressing right before serving to prevent that.

      1. We make something like this and if we have to transport to another location we just prepare the lettuce and put in a separate container or plastic zip lock bag and mix just before serving. The other ingredients are fine if they are mixed a little earlier, in fact the flavors are melded and taste great.

  4. Wow that is some salad no wonder it is high on the requested list. Thanks for sharing it with #HomeMattersParty

    1. Sparkle W says:

      1/2 (cup????? lb.????????) cheese please?????

      1. 1/2 lb. Thanks for pointing out that was missing from recipe. All this time and you are the first to ask. Enjoy!

  5. This looks like an awesome twist. I’m especially excited to try the dressing – I am always on a quest for the perfect dressing!

  6. jani miller says:


  7. Dina Costanzo says:

    This salad looks delicious!!!!! I am going to make it for Christmas Dinner along with my Ziti and garlic bread

  8. Sounds awesome! How many will this recipe feed?

    1. Good question. It all depends on the size of the head of lettuce, etc.. It’s a meal for my family of 4. As a side dish I would say 6 to 8. Thanks

  9. Loved this! I eat hardly any carbs but miss sub sandwiches! This sounds like a terrific answer to my taste buds!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I make a variation of this. Leave out the lettuce and just use the tri-color shredded cabbage. Green onion. Homemade no carb dressing and I add real bacon bits and Colby jack shredded cheese. Its almost NO carbs and it’s very tasty!!

  10. Diane Millett says:

    I made this salad for dinner and it was awesome. We have enough for another meal.

    1. Thanks Tess! Enjoy!!

  11. I love this…my variation is called hoagie dip.

    1. Thanks June. I usually call it Hoagie Salad, but thought maybe that Hoagie was just an East Coast name for subs, that others may not get. LOL! Hope to see you sometime soon!