Sub Sandwich in a Bowl on the table.
Sub Sandwich In A Bowl is an easy way to make a low carb, keto meal in minutes. A perfect sandwich substitute when you're counting your carbs!
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Sub Sandwich in a Bowl is a low-carb, keto-friendly meal made with your favorite sandwich ingredients, minus the bread! Easy to customize with various cold cuts, cheeses, toppings, and condiments.

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Jersey Mike Sub in a Tub

Our easy keto Sub Sandwich in a Bowl recipe skips the roll and serves the low-carb contents in a bowl with a fork instead of between the slices like a handheld hoagie.

Just like the TikTok famous Jersey Mike Sub in a Tub, this low carb Italian salad recipe has no rules: it takes all the flavors of a classic Italian sub sandwich and lets you build your own bowl with your favorite combination of deli meats, cheese, veggies, and dressing.

Similar to my Cheeseburger Salad that tastes like a Big Mac without the bun, this Italian sub in a bowl is fresher than Subway’s sub in a tub and even more satisfying than its fast-food counterpart!

Why We Love Chopped Sub Sandwich Recipes

  • Quick and easy to make in 10 minutes.
  • It uses simple ingredients that you can customize according to your personal preference.
  • Protein-packed low-carb meals will keep you feeling full for hours and can fit perfectly into a keto diet plan.
  • Low-carb and keto recipes can support weight loss, appetite control, and blood sugar management when made with healthy fats and good-for-you ingredients.
  • Perfect for a summer picnic, a low-carb keto lunch, or a delicious dinner. 

Sub Sandwich In A Bowl Ingredients

Sub Sandwich in a Bowl ingredients.
  • Romaine lettuce: Mix in some iceberg lettuce for a crispy crunch.
  • Deli Tavern ham
  • Deli Genoa salami
  • Provolone cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Cucumber
  • Banana pepper rings
  • Black olives
  • Italian salad dressing
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Build Your Own Bowl: For this sub salad, I chose classic Italian sub sandwich meats and cheese. Feel free to mix and match any meat and cheese combinations you prefer. 
    • Mix-Up The Meat: You can make your sub bowl with ham, turkey, chicken, roast beef, salami, pepperoni, bacon, or any deli meat you prefer.
    • Choose Your Cheese: Add some Monterey jack or fontina, or choose more flavorful options like smoked Gouda, aged goat cheese, cheddar, Swiss, or Gorgonzola.
  • Fun Fillings: Fill your sub with olives, marinated vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, or roasted bell peppers to add some extra zesty flavor.
  • Delicious Dressings: You can use any store-bought Italian dressing or if you prefer homemade Italian dressing, try my copycat Olive Garden Italian dressing. Or try tossing your sub salad with red wine vinegar, olive oil, and Italian seasoning.

Sub in A Tub Tips

If you have seen the viral TikTok video making a Jersey Mike’s Sub in a Tub, you will love this recipe! The only difference is using this salad chopper. I love a chopped salad and this tool chops it perfectly!

What is also great about this sub in a tub chopper is that you can make it, store it, and eat it right out of the tub!

eating Sub Sandwich using a fork.

How to Make Sub Sandwich In A Bowl

  1. Build Your Bowl: Add the lettuce, ham, salami, cheese, cherry tomatoes, onion, cucumber, banana pepper rings, and sliced black olives to your bowl.
  2. Make The Dressing: Whisk together the Italian salad dressing and parmesan cheese.
  3. Coat The Contents: Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
  4. Serve: Garnish with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and black pepper before serving into individual bowls. Enjoy!
Add all the ingredients. in a bowl. Make the dressing in a bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

Tips For Making The Best Sub In a Tub

  • The meat and vegetables in this salad are easily customizable to suit your preferences. Make sure that if you swap out any of the meats, cheese, or vegetables that you keep the proportions the same as written in this recipe.
  • When choosing substitutions for this salad, you will want to consider pairing meats, cheese, and vegetables that you would typically pair in an Italian sub sandwich.
  • You can substitute your favorite homemade Italian salad dressing for the store-bought bottled one in this recipe.

How to Store Sub Sandwich In A Bowl

  • To Store: This Sub Sandwich in a Bowl salad is best served immediately after tossing with dressing.
dressing poured over Sub Sandwich in a Bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare my salad in advance?

The ingredients for this salad can be prepared ahead of time and stored in separate containers in the refrigerator up to 1 day ahead. When ready to serve, you will assemble all the ingredients and toss in the dressing. This Sub Sandwich in a Bowl salad is best served immediately after the dressing is added to ensure that your vegetables and meats are at their freshest.

How many servings does this recipe make?

This recipe makes one very large salad or two single servings. You can easily double the recipe as long as you keep the same proportions.

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Sub Sandwich in a Bowl with grated parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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5 from 2 votes
Sub Sandwich in a Bowl on the table.

Sub Sandwich in a Bowl

Serves — 2
Sub Sandwich In A Bowl is an easy way to make a low carb, keto meal in minutes. A perfect sandwich substitute when you're counting your carbs!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce from 1 large head of romaine lettuce
  • ¼ cup sliced Deli Tavern ham approximately 2 slices, cut into ½ wide strips
  • ¼ cup sliced Deli Genoa salami approximately 4 slices, cut into ½ inch wide strips
  • ¼ cup sliced provolone cheese approximately 2 slices, cut into ½ inch wide strips
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • cup thinly sliced red onion cut into 1-inch pieces
  • cup thinly sliced cucumber cut into quarters
  • ¼ cup jarred banana pepper rings juices drained
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • cup bottled Italian salad dressing
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese divided
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the chopped romaine lettuce, sliced Deli Tavern ham, sliced Deli Genoa salami, sliced provolone cheese, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, thinly sliced cucumber, banana pepper rings, and sliced black olives.
    4 cups chopped romaine lettuce, ¼ cup sliced Deli Tavern ham, ¼ cup sliced Deli Genoa salami, ¼ cup sliced provolone cheese, ½ cup cherry tomatoes, ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onion, ⅓ cup thinly sliced cucumber, ¼ cup jarred banana pepper rings, 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the bottled Italian salad dressing and 2 tablespoons of the grated parmesan cheese.
    ⅓ cup bottled Italian salad dressing, 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Pour the dressing into the bowl of salad ingredients. Gently toss to coat all the meat and vegetables in the dressing until all the salad ingredients are evenly coated and distributed in the bowl.
  • Garnish the salad with a sprinkle of the remaining 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese and the freshly cracked black pepper before serving into individual bowls.
    ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: This Sub Sandwich in a Bowl salad is best served immediately after tossing with dressing.
Tips:
  • The meat and vegetables in this salad are easily customizable to suit your preferences. Make sure that if you swap out any of the meats, cheese, or vegetables that you keep the proportions the same as written in this recipe.
  • When choosing substitutions for this salad, you will want to consider pairing meats, cheese, and vegetables that you would typically pair in an Italian sub sandwich.
  • You can substitute your favorite homemade Italian salad dressing for the store-bought bottled one in this recipe.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1467mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 8644IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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