|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 33g||43%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||53%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||18%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Anyone who grew up in the '80s knows the iconic jingle "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun." This salad has all the flavor and nostalgia for the classic Big Mac sandwich but without the bun. While this salad is low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free, it is 100% delicious.
Ground beef is browned and perfectly seasoned just like a hamburger. It is then tossed with shredded iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese, dill pickles, and finely chopped onion to mimic the iconic burger. The warm beef mixture tossed with crisp and cool vegetables makes this salad a unique mealtime experience.
The key to this salad is making a simplified homemade version of the famous special sauce as a dressing. It is still possible to keep this recipe low-carb by using sugar-free ketchup in the dressing.
The final flourish for this salad is a quick garnish of sesame seeds just before serving. Sesame seeds add texture and flavor as well as visual interest, mimicking the bun. If you want to enjoy all the flavor and fun of your favorite cheeseburger in salad form, this recipe is sure to satisfy.
For the Beef Mixture and Salad:
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
For the Special Sauce Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar-free ketchup
2 tablespoons diced dill pickles
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
For the Salad:
6 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup quartered dill pickle chips
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
4 tablespoons sesame seeds, for garnish
Gather the ingredients.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, combine the ground beef, salt, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the beef is no longer pink. Set aside to cool slightly while preparing the rest of the salad.
Meanwhile, prepare the special sauce dressing. In a medium bowl combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, diced pickles, yellow mustard, white vinegar, and paprika. Stir to combine or blend in a food processor or blender for a smoother sauce if you prefer. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Assemble the salad. In a large bowl, combine the shredded iceberg lettuce, halved tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, pickle chips, and finely chopped onion.
Toss with the cooled ground beef mixture and the special sauce salad dressing.
Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.
How to Store
While the prepared salad does not keep well, the dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Give it a stir before using.
- If you are short on time, feel free to use prepared thousand island dressing.
- To dress up the salad a bit, try using heirloom tomatoes and crisp bibb lettuce. Crumbled blue cheese would be nice, too.