Dinner/ Lunch

Giardiniera Italian Sandwich

August 2, 2023

Wow, I’m in my Giardiniera Italian Sandwich Era and it shows.

Giardiniera Italian Sandwich

Big ole Italian sandwiches have a special place in my heart! Especially this Giardiniera Italian Sandwich. This week I have been craving that Italian grinder everyone was obsessed with last year, but I also have been eating giardiniera like it’s been going out of style. Which will NEVER happen, mark my words. So I combined the two! It was a match made in sammy heaven. Seriously, I can’t stop thinking about it.

What is giardiniera?

Giardiniera is a popular Italian condiment made from a mixture of pickled vegetables, typically including cauliflower, carrots, celery, bell peppers, and sometimes chili peppers. The vegetables are pickled in a vinegar-based brine, which gives them a tangy and slightly spicy flavor. Giardiniera is often served as a topping for sandwiches, salads, or as a side dish. There are also different regional variations of giardiniera, adding a unique touch to this versatile and flavorful condiment.

This Giardiniera Italian Sandwich is perfect for your next gathering!

I bought a ciabatta, but you could also use focaccia. Then I sliced it horizontal all the way through. This is my preferred method of sandwich making because you can make a whole ton of sandwiches very quick. This recipes make 8 smallish medium sandwiches and is great for any occasion. So grab those bread knives people, let’s slice some bread.

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Giardiniera Italian Sandwich

Dinner, Lunch, appetizer Italian
By Brooke Brice Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes

Delicious Giardiniera Italian Sandwich, perfect for your next group dinner and sure to adding a burst of flavor to the last of summer!


  • 1 Ciabatta or Focaccia loaf, sliced horizontally all the way through
  • 2 tbsp Italian Dressing
  • 2 tbsp Pesto
  • Mayo/Mustard
  • 3-8 oz package of sliced Italian deli meat
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Giardiniera, chopped up
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion, sliced
  • 4 oz Mozzarella Cheese Slices
  • 1 Roasted red pepper, sliced
  • Handful of Arugula



On bottom layer of sandwich spread pesto. Top with variety of deli meats, stacked in any order. Add the cheese, then the tomato, onion, bell pepper. Then top with Arugula. Drizzle some of the dressing over the top.


On the top of the bread, spread mayo and mustard. Add chopped giardiniera. Add top of bread on top and cut into 8 equal sammys. I used a very large bread knife and sliced vertical down the long way and then four horizontal cuts.



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