This Big Mac salad is the healthier version of a beloved classic! Hearty ground beef, crisp lettuce, and a creamy Big Mac dressing will make this your new favorite salad recipe. This recipe comes together in under 20 minutes, that’s faster than a trip to your local drive-through!
What Makes This Salad So Good
- It has all the flavors of a Big Mac, but is so much healthier. This low-carb salad is the trick to curbing your fast food cravings. It’s literally a Big Mac sandwich, minus the bun.
- This recipe features a Big Mac salad dressing that pairs well with virtually anything! I like to save some leftover dressing and then add it to all of my sandwiches. You can also pour this dressing over any salad for a creamy, delicious addition.
- It’s naturally low-carb and easy to make keto! This Big Mac salad is loaded with nutritious fresh vegetables and is high in protein and healthy fats. It’ll be your go-to healthy, though crazy delicious, lunch recipe.
Ground Beef – The ground beef takes the place of the burger patty you’d find in a Big Mac sandwich. We keep things simple by cooking the ground beef in a little oil, salt and pepper. Therefore, it serves as the perfect protein addition to this Big Mac salad.
Romaine Lettuce – You could also use iceberg lettuce, if you’d like! Both are crispy, crunchy lettuces making the perfect base to this recipe.
Dill Pickles – It’s small additions like dill pickles that make this salad taste like an actual Big Mac. I’d be remiss if I forget these! Though if you order your Big Mac without pickles, feel free to leave them off your salad as well.
Big Mac Dressing – This tastes just like the Big Mac sauce you’d find on your burger. Your salad won’t be complete without it! I highly recommend making a double batch of this dressing and saving some for sandwiches later on.
- I recommend using lean ground beef in this recipe. At the grocery store, look for 85% lean ground beef or higher. Once cooked, it will yield little to no fat, saving you the step of having to drain off the fat.
- This salad is the perfect meal-prep recipe! Simply cook your beef, wash and chop all your veggies, and prepare the salad dressing ahead of time. Store everything in the fridge in separate containers – when ready to eat, assemble your salad and enjoy!
- Add in or take out any ingredients in this salad you don’t enjoy. This Big Mac salad can be totally customized to your preferences. So go ahead and get creative, make this recipe your own!
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Big Mac Salad
For the Salad
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef see Notes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped, see Notes
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup tomatoes chopped
- ½ cup dill pickles sliced
- ½ cup onions sliced
For the Big Mac Dressing
- ½ cup mayonnaise see Notes
- 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
- 1 tablespoon ketchup see Notes
- 2 teaspoons mustard see Notes
- 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar see Notes
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Large skillet
- Large bowl
- Add olive oil to large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in ground beef, salt and pepper. Cook and crumble until no longer pink, about 7-10 minutes.
- While beef cooks, add all dressing ingredients to small bowl and mix together. Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Add romaine lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, dill pickles, onions and cooked ground beef to large salad bowl. Top salad with dressing and serve.
- Ground Beef: I recommend 85% lean ground beef or higher. You can also substitute the beef for 1 pound of ground turkey or chicken, if you’d like.
- Romaine Lettuce: The romaine lettuce can be substituted for 6 cups of chopped iceberg lettuce.
- Mayonnaise: Use whatever kind of mayonnaise you’d like. Low-fat, avocado oil, or vegan mayonnaise will all work.
- Mustard: Yellow mustard and dijon mustard work best in this recipe.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can use white vinegar instead.
- Make it Keto: Leave off the onions, use full-fat mayo, and make sure to use unsweetened, keto-friendly condiments in the dressing.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.
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