Keto Italian Sub Roll-Ups - Delicious and Easy KETO "Sandwich" Recipe
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Italian Sub Roll-Ups {grain-free; low-carb; keto}

Keto Salmon Party Rolls

Recipe Macros

Tracking your macros is important while trying to remain in Ketosis. Here they are for one serving of this recipe.


Fat: 20.6g


Protein: 10g


Carbs: .9g (net)

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Keto Italian Rollups

With the addition of keto in our lives, finding foods that are high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbs has been a challenge. We’ve had to be creative with our meals, and those days when I want a gluten-free sandwich are no longer an option. I recently stopped by a sub shop out of desperation one evening and got a lettuce wrap filled with various deli meats. It was meh, but I was starving.

Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life

My all-time favorite sub sandwich has always been an Italian sub. Something about that combo of meats and provolone with a simple oil and vinegar drizzle is just perfect. And now I can eat it any day of the week and have no guilt, plus it fits in perfectly with my current keto needs.

Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life
Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life
Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life

The assembly is very simple, just layer the meats in a biggest-to-smallest order, slather on some mayo, add some cheese (if you’re primal), and add the toppings that suit your tastes.

Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life

Roll all of that up tightly and secure with a toothpick and dip in a oil/vinegar combo with some Italian seasoning. These make perfect school lunches, as well as an on-the-go meal if you wrap it up in plastic wrap.

Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life
Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life
Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life

High Fat – Keto Lunch Option

These roll-ups really help us get in our macros for the day, packing 20g of fat per roll (including the oil/vinegar dip), 10g of protein, and less than 1 net carb. Of course the carb count might go up just a bit depending on what extra toppings you add (like the peppers), but it’s still very much within a keto range. And for me (an average female), 1 roll is all I need for lunch most days.

Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life
Italian Sub Roll-Ups {low-carb; keto; grain-free} by Our Paleo Life

Italian Sub Roll-Up {grain-free}

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 234.3 kcal
Author: Kendra Benson
High fat, Keto Italian sub roll-up lunch with 20g of fat, 10g of protein and less than 1 net carb. The perfect Keto lunch.


  • 4 Slices Genoa Salami
  • 4 Slices Mortadella
  • 4 Slices Sopressata
  • 4 Slices Pepperoni
  • 4 Slices Provolone omit for dairy-free option
  • Paleo Lime Mayo or store-bough mayo we love Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Extra toppings our favorites are banana peppers, jalapeño peppers, roasted red peppers, and black olives, if desired
  • Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Toothpicks


  1. Layer the meat slices from largest to smallest. For the brand we use (Boar's Head), the order is:

    • Genoa Salami
    • Mortadella
    • Sopressata
    • Pepperoni
  2. Spread a thin layer of mayo on the stack, making sure to leave space at the top of the largest piece to keep it from squishing out when you roll them up.

  3. Add a slice of provolone on top of the mayo, about halfway from the top. Add a small handful of lettuce to the lower half and top with desired toppings (optional).

  4. Have the toothpicks nearby and ready to grab. Starting from the bottom of the cheese, gently (but as tightly as possiblroll the stack, pushing in any fillings that find their way out.

  5. When you get to the end, secure the outer meat edges with a toothpick.

  6. To serve, pour 2 parts oil and 1 part vinegar into a small dipping ramekin. Sprinkle some Italian seasoning on top. Dip the roll-ups in the oil/vinegar and enjoy!

  7. Store extras in the fridge, wrapped individually in plastic wrap, for up to a week. These make for delicious and easy school lunches.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts do not include additional toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Sub Roll-Up {grain-free}
Amount Per Serving (1 roll-up)
Calories 234.3 Calories from Fat 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.6g 32%
Total Carbohydrates 0.9g 0%
Protein 10g 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Bread is the least important ingredient of a really delicious Italian sub, so skip it altogether. Get all the flavor of the classic sandwich in these low-carb rolls. With 20g of fat and 1 carb, they are the perfect keto lunch. #keto #primal

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37 Comments on “Italian Sub Roll-Ups {grain-free; low-carb; keto}

  1. willy

    Don’t lunch meats have a bunch of nitrates in them that can cause cancer? Or are there different types of lunch meat without nitrates?

    1. Kendra Benson

      Applegate Farms & US Wellness Meats carry lunch meats without nitrates, and I imagine there are other brands as well. We don’t eat these on a regular basis, so we will occasionally get Boar’s Head Brand.

  2. Wendy Hampton

    I love these! They are lighter than subs but have that wonderful spicy flavor…especially with the dressing. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Katie

    I love Italian grinders but obviously they’re off-limits now on keto. These totally hit the spot. I made two and they were VERY filling! One would be more than sufficient for lunch.

  4. Michael Walker

    Especially like the reminder to leave space at the top of the largest piece to keep it from squishing out when you roll them up. Very helpful!

    Some great tips here Kendra!

  5. Kristy McCabe

    oh my goodness I love Italian subs and this post just made me realize if I start eating healthier I won’t be able to have them anymore. I’m so happy I found this post because I CAN still have Italian subs, just without the bread! Thank you so much for this post. I will have to try these!

  6. Mrs. B.

    My husband really enjoyed this. We modified it by leaving the red peppers as a side w/hummas. I made one as demonstrated and put off to side. Made two more “sets” and placed on a flatbread, added shredded romaine lettuce, banana peppers (apparently not enough) and provolone cheese. The flavored dipping oil was easy to make and a fast indulgence. Would rate 5 stars for ease of receipe, super fast and easy to make that is packed with flavor!

  7. Christine Smith

    I would like to thank u so much for posting this healthy idea,I need to start eating healthier, and i plan on doing just that, Thanks again, and do u have anymore healthy ideas?

  8. Dr strange

    You people seem to really like false information . Hopefully I won’t be seeing you at the hospital due to a heart attack or severe high blood pressure due to obesity. Good luck. I wish you all the best.

    1. Sharon

      Is it hard to not make a sarcastic comment? Just don’t make a comment. Troll.

      Kendra Benson, these sound amazing for an occasional lunchtime meal!

    2. Ome

      You need to read some information on the Keto lifestyle. You will find it you who is believing false information. Eating this way will actually cause your vitals to all come down. I am living proof along with thousands of other people.

    1. Kendra Benson

      I have only purchased these meats in the pre-cut packs (Boar’s Head brand, usually) in the refrigerated deli section. You can let the deli counter know you would like them sliced to that thickness. They just need to be thick enough to not fall apart when rolled, but not overly thick because that would be a little overbearing in the roll.

  9. Debbie BERGER

    This looked so good! I’m wondering though how four slices of meat and one slice of cheese can only be 10 grams of protein? Did I misunderstand something? I bought each of the ingredients at the deli in my grocery store but when I put the meats into my Carb manager the protein was much higher than 10. Please advise!! I really wantbto make these!

  10. Naomi

    First off, I want to say “Thank you for sharing this easy and healthy recipe with us.” I started making them last year and forgot to send you a thank you note. I’m on a low carb diet so this is perfect. I also eat Boar’s head products.

    Do you ask them to cut them a certain number on the blade? I asked for 4 but they were kind of big and the last time, blade 2.

    1. Kendra Benson

      I have never made mayo without eggs but I know there are some vegan mayo recipes out there. You could try cream cheese or thin slices of avocado. It would have a different taste, of course, but would mimic the creaminess from the mayo.

  11. Douglas C

    My wife does these for work lunches sometimes. tasty, but does not save well.She packs all the ingredients separately then puts them together on her lunch break so that the lettuce stays crisp.

  12. Jim

    I made something similar to this, but gave it an extra kick. I used thin sliced bologna as a wide base, fried it in olive oil (which enhanced the flavors and softened the cheese) then rolled it up! Amazing difference between a cold “sub” and a “toasted” one!


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