Bologna Salad Spread or Pickled Bologna

Summer is now in full swing and it never hurts to have a sandwich filling ready for lunch on those rainy days that always seems to accompany the week-ends. It always seems to rain when you have a house full of friends and family, so be prepared and make a batch of Bologna Salad Spread or Pickled Bologna. You can also serve bologna salad spread as a dip. It’s perfect served with buttery crackers as an easy appetizer to munch on while your grillin’ burgers.


bologna salad spread
bologna salad spread

Aggie’s Favorite

My mom Aggie made this spread when I was growing up. We called it pickled bologna. Aggie made pickled bologna with one of those cast-iron meat grinders that attached to your counter top and then you turned the big handle to grind the bologna. Aggie used dill pickles and ground those also in the grinder. Aggie would add just enough miracle whip to moisten all of the ingredients together. Aggie would then make us sandwiches and serve them alongside potato chips.


Meat Grinder

When I first started making ‘pickled’ bologna, I made it like my mom did….using an old meat grinder to grind the dill pickles and ring bologna. Many years later, when I got divorced from my then husband, my ex-hubby actually insisted on taking that old meat grinder with him. Well I said good riddance to him and the meat grinder. Years later I finally bought myself a new grinder about the same time I got a new husband! The newer grinders are so light weight and easy to use and can be very inexpensive too. Nothing beats the old cast iron meat grinders tho, in my humble opinion.

Updated Recipe

This recipe is so simple and easy to make. I’ve changed the recipe slightly but basically it’s the same recipe Aggie made. I use a few tablespoons of sweet pickle relish instead of the dill pickles and I also add a few tablespoons of grated onion. This is still one of my favorite lunchtime meals. Every time I make pickled bologna I think of my mom. She admittedly wasn’t a good cook but Aggie’s pickled bologna was legendary in my family, it was one thing she made that we all liked.

bologna sandwich spread


Bologna Sandwich Spread

An old family favorite.
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  • 2 14-16 oz ring bologna
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish, well drained
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Using a meat grinder or food processor, grind ring bologna,
  • In a bowl, mix the ground bologna, pickled relish, onion, salt and pepper.
  • Add enough mayonnaise to moisten ingredients enough to make a spread.
  • Refrigerate at least an hour before serving.
  • *The amount of mayonnaise and relish used is personal preference. Some like it creamy and some like it drier the choice is up to you:)
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