Yields 3
What is a grinder?, you ask! Same as a submarine sandwich or a hero sandwich!
  1. 1/4 cup diced onion
  2. 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles
  3. 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  7. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1 teaspoon oregano
  9. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  10. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the diced onion, chopped dill pickles, and chopped plum tomatoes. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well, using a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Refrigerate in a tightly sealed container.
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By | 2014-08-18T18:15:21+00:00 August 18th, 2014|Recipes, Sandwiches, Sauces|2 Comments

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  1. Steve Noss December 13, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I will try this recipe but I’m not sure if it will turn out like the sauce for grinder sandwiches I remember as a teenager growing up in West Covina. There was a sandwich shop in Covina called The Grinder. Not sure if the web site for a place called Gene’s Grinder on Arrow Highway is the same place (now closed). But, I’ve ever since wanted a Grinder sandwich with that oil based sauce they put on the sandwiches. Was unique and so, so good.

  2. Connie January 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I remember oil being dribbled on the bread before the rest of the ingredients but don’t know what was in it. I didn’t remember seeing bits of aoo the ingredients above but perhaps it was only the oil that was used? I am 81, and a GRINDER was Italian Bread, seasoned oil, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, provolone cheese & salami. Remember we could order hard salami or regular salami. Was years later before other types of grinders were offered. Miss my original grinders.

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