Ham, pepperoni, salami
Sliced provolone and/or mozzarella
Lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, possibly peppercini
(I would say onions but you already indicated those are out)
Excellent French or Italian loaf bread
Either Italian salad dressing, or oil, (red wine) vinegar, salt and pepper to dress it. You may also sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese. Bologna is NOT allowed on this sandwich, unless you get the really good stuff. Don’t put the dressing on until you’re about to eat it.
Daddy Bodoni’s Tomatoes:
Sliced homegrown tomatoes, or the best tomatoes you can buy
Drizzle with olive oil and salad vinegar, sprinkle with some basil and/or oregano. I think they’re fine as they are, but some people like to add some salt and pepper to them.
The Bodonis Had Too Many* Cuke Plants:
Scrub the cucumbers, slice off one end, sprinkle salt on the cut end, and rub the slice against the cut end over the sink. This takes out the “evil eye”. I’m not sure HOW cucumbers have evil eyes, but my Grandma Bodoni always swore by this method. Anyway, take a fork and score the skin of the cucumber (this way you don’t have to peel them). Slice into about 1/4 inch sections, spread into a bowl, and pour salad vinegar over the slices. You can add sliced onions, too, for anyone who likes them. Let this set for a few hours in the fridge. This is a VERY refreshing dish in the heat of summer, it’s not too heavy, and it can fit into just about any diet. If you take it on a picnic, you don’t have to take the vinegar marinade, but do be sure to keep it very cold.
*Three vigorous cucumber plants produced enough cukes for us to eat this dish several times a week, PLUS we put up a lot of pickles that year. Be warned when planting.