Little King Salad
Here in Nebraska, before there were Subway Sandwiches, or Blimpie or Jimmy John’s, here where I grew up, we had Little King Deli. If you wanted a deli-style hoagie sandwich, this is where you went.
Their signature sandwich, the number 11 on the menu, is called “The Royal Treat“, and my friends, that is what it is! Make sure to order it “Little King Style” to get the full effect, which means you will get your sandwich served with lettuce, tomato, onion, oil, vinegar, salt & oregano
Now when I can’t make it to the deli for a sandwich, I have another option: My Little King Salad. It’s like their lip-smackin’ sandwich, in a bowl!
Little King Salad + Little King Salad Dressing Recipe
We eat this salad year-round. It’s a simple weeknight meal, but also is a huge hit at our tailgates! Cool crisp iceberg lettuce, red ripe Roma tomatoes, Provolone cheese, spicy deli meats, Italian bread, and a dressing made of tarragon vinegar, olive oil, and oregano.
Hoagie Salad Recipe
As I mentioned, this recipe is like eating a traditional hoagie sandwich in a bowl, all tossed together. Want to make it Keto? Easy! Jeave out the bread.
WHERE DID THE NAME HOAGIE COME FROM?
The name “hoagie” likely comes from the Philadelphia area where, during World War I, Italian immigrants who worked at the Hog Island shipyard began making sandwiches. These tasty sandwiches were originally called “hoggies” before the name hoagie took hold.
DO YOU PUT MAYO ON A HOAGIE?
Traditionally, no. Hoagie purists say that mayonnaise has no place on a hoagie. They prefer oil and vinegar over any other condiment.
GRINDER VS. HOAGIE – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
A grinder is a hoagie that is heated after assembly, irregardless of if the filling is made up of traditionally hot ingredients or not. If you have seen that viral TikTok Grinder sub and salad then you know how incredibly tasty a salad inspired by a sandwich can be!
INGREDIENTS IN LITTLE KING SALAD
This recipe uses a handful of simple ingredients that you may already have in the refrigerator or pantry! To read the full measurements, scroll down to the recipe card.
For The Salad:
- Iceberg Lettuce: Used as a base for the salad and adds a mild flavor and firm, crunchy texture.
- Sliced Deli Ham, Deli Turkey, Hard Salami and Pepperoni: Taking note from traditional hoagies, these meats are filling and add a great amount of flavor to the salad.
- Red Onion: Enhances the dish with a sharp, crunchy bit of heat.
- Roma Tomatoes: These chewy bursts of flavor are halved lengthwise and sliced.
- Provolone Cheese: If preferred, you can substitute chopped Swiss cheese instead of chopped Provolone.
- Italian Hard Rolls: These bread rolls are torn into pieces and then tossed in the salad to add a soft, chewy texture.
For the Little King Dressing:
- Olive Oil: Olive oil is one of the go-to salad toppings, both on its own and as an ingredient in a dressing.
- Tarragon Vinegar: Compliments and combines the flavors of the salad ingredients while also creating a base for the salad dressing.
- Salt and Black Pepper: Added to taste. Elevates the dressing.
- Dried Oregano: Adds a subtle earthy flavor with a hint of mint to the dish.
- Garlic Powder: Used to give a touch of subtle garlicky flavor to the wet ingredients.
HOW TO MAKE LITTLE KING SALAD/HOAGIE SUB SALAD
My recipe for homemade Italian Hoagie Salad is so incredibly easy to prepare! To see even more detailed steps, please scroll down to the recipe card.
Keep everything in the fridge until you are ready to serve the salad.
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I CAN’T FIND TARRAGON VINEGAR – NOW WHAT?
MORE RECIPES TO ENJOY
- Toasted Italian Sub Sandwiches (pictured above)
- Greek Style Cucumber Salad
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Chicken Ala King Baked Potatoes
- Chicken Ala King
There is No Place Like Nebraska
I am a Nebraska girl, born and raised. I love my home state, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
- FOR THE LITTLE KING SALAD:
- 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 1/4 pound sliced deli ham, chopped
- 1/4 pound sliced deli turkey, chopped
- 1/4 pound sliced hard salami, chopped
- 1/4 pound sliced pepperoni, chopped
- 1 small red onion sliced
- 2- 3 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 1 cup provolone cheese, chopped (can sub Swiss)
- 4 Italian Hard Rolls, torn into pieces
- FOR THE LITTLE KING SALAD DRESSING:
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup tarragon vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Chop deli meat and cheese. Slice tomatoes and chop lettuce.
- Add lettuce to a large bowl. Top with meats and cheeses, onions, and tomatoes. Combine the dressing ingredients well.
- Keep everything in the fridge until you are ready to serve the salad.
- Right before you serve the salad, toss the salad with the dressing. Add in the torn Italian hard rolls. Toss again and serve immediately.
- Romaine lettuce can be subbed, or use half iceberg half Romaine lettuce.
- I have the deli slice the meat a little thicker. You can use shaved deli meat, but it's prettier if you have it a bit thicker and are able to chop it or Julianne cut it for the salad. I sometimes like to cut the meats in different ways just to make it look pretty, but it's not necessary.
- If you plan to have leftover salad, add the bread to each individual serving, it will get soggy when it sits for a while.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container. Consume within two days.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1287mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g
Nutrition isn't always accurate.