I’m always brainstorming to come up with easy, healthy, dairy-free school lunches. These Organic Homemade Subway Spicy Italian Sub was a stroke of genius!
They are very easy to make at home, and since I buy mostly organic ingredients they are actually healthier than the Subway version!
I use Applegate pepperoni and salami, so technically the meat is not organic but it’s healthier than what Subway uses I’m sure.
I buy organic iceburg lettuce and chop it finely. I would buy shredded organic lettuce if it was available. . . mabye someday.
And the olives. . . well, they are not certified organic either, BUT they are imported from Italy and they are BRINED! In other words, they’re a fermented food so they contain probiotics! Oh, and they taste amazing.
When I’m out of these gourmet olives, I use organic Kalamata olives instead.
As we all know, in a sub sandwich, bread is key. The best bread I’ve found for these is sadly not organic. But is has very few preservatives, and it is fresh! I buy those freshly-baked Italian loaves from the Tom Thumb bakery. All the grocery stores have these freshly-baked Italian loaves, so you can buy it anywhere really.
Oh, I almost forgot the most important ingredient in this Organic Homemade Subway Spicy Italian Sub!
I think I’ve mentioned before that we are pickle snobs. I drive into Dallas every month to buy imported, brined pickles from a Polish grocery store. These pickles are SO GOOD! Again, not organic. But they are brined, and contain ZERO preservatives! Do you know how hard it is to find pickles that don’t contain calcium carbonate or potassium sorbate?
Why pickles products would contain preservatives is beyond baffling to me, and don’t evey get me started on how annoying it is.
So anyway, the European Market in Dallas gets 100% of our pickle business for sure!!
Have I mentioned that these subs make and AWESOME school lunch? I wrap them in plastic wrap, and pack the oil/vinegar on the side in little plastic containers. Add chips, fruit, and a juice box and you’ve got a Subway school lunch!
- 1 loaf freshly-baked Italian bread
- 1 package Applegate pepperoni
- 1 package Applegate salami
- 2 cups finely chopped organic iceburg lettuce
- 2 pickles, sliced thinly
- ½ cup organic or brined black olives
- salt n pepper
- organic red wine vinegar
- organic olive oil
- Slice entire loaf of bread in half lengthwise.
- Layer on the pepperoni and salami.
- Add the veggies.
- Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. (Or put oil/vinegar in a small container for on-the-go)
- Sprinkle with salt n pepper.