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Grinder Salad

Grinder Salad

I saw several versions of this recipe on-line so decided to try my hand at it. I loved the way it turned out and it’s an excellent example of the ‘less meat, better meat’ way of cooking.

In the version in the picture it actually a whole pound of sausage, but it’s teamed up with three cans each of beans and chickpeas (I wanted a REALLY big batch to share.) The first time I made it though I used 1/2 a pound of sausage. I’d browned a whole package when I was making naan pizzas and divided it, but you can also partially thaw your package and cut it in half with a heavy knife, then bag and re-freeze the unused portion.

This is incredibly customizable, don’t like pepperoncini-leave them out! Do you have some cauliflower that needs to be used up? Throw it in.

Let me know what you think in the comments. What variations did you try?

Grinder Salad


  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 can White beans
  • 1 can Garbanzo beane
  • 1 sm Red onion diced
  • 1 Red pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup spinach or flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pepperoncini chopped
  • 1/2 cup Red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Oregano


  • Brown the sausage
  • Drain and rinse both cans of beans
  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss
One Chicken – Three (plus) Meals

One Chicken – Three (plus) Meals

Last Sunday I cooked one of our large chickens on the smoker. I know that I can always count on our pasture raised chicken to deliver fantastic flavor, but preparing it in the smoker really takes it to the next level. It looks a little dry in the picture, but that is far from the… Continue Reading

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

This is a great week night soup. It comes together quickly, and it’s even better the next day! Adjust the spice level to suit your tastes. We like it spicy. The heat can be moderated with some avocado or sour cream. (Ground beef is a regular part of our CSA shares and can also be… Continue Reading