Thursday, June 22, 2017

Big Mac Salad

My husband and I have been trying really hard to lose weight and eat better for most of this year. We followed a pretty strict Ketogenic diet for about 3.5 months that unfortunately failed on vacations and we haven't quite gotten back to it.

However, we've kept a lot of the same mindset and try to be as low-carb as possible without fully giving up carbs again.

So, what is it about any sort of attempt to eat healthier that automatically makes you want a burger? When on Keto, we often did open faced/no bun knife and fork burgers and that was great.

But even still -- where's my McDonalds Big Mac!? In reality, we rarely even eat fast food (living in Germany, it's not easily accessible, thankfully) but now of course, just because we're actively avoiding it, we need it!

So while trying to stick to our goals, but all the while wanting to make love to a Big Mac, the Big Mac Salad was born.

A Big Mac is unique compared to some other fast food burgers because of its copious amounts of lettuce as well as its 'special sauce', so it made the most sense to do it as a salad.  Here's what we did:

Yield: Serves 4

Big Mac Salad

A chopped salad inspired by the famous fast food burger, without the bun.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 4 cups thinly shredded lettuce (try a blend of iceberg and Romaine)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup diced dill pickles
  • 1 small white onion, diced
"Special Sauce" Dressing
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (homemade would be great!)
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • ½ tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar or substitute
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp diced dill pickles


  1. Mix dressing ingredients together well, let chill in fridge until about to serve.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet, seasoning with salt and pepper. Break it up into crumbles. Let fully cook, and drain excess fat.
  3. Combine remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl, including the cooked ground beef.
  4. Toss with chilled dressing and serve!
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We were blown away how much this really tasted like a Big Mac. No one missed the bun at all!
I can't wait to make this many more times this summer.


  1. Your Big Mac Salad looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Where in the HELL has this been for all of my life.


  3. I love cheeseburger without the buns, so this sound perfect for me! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  4. Oh now there is a salad! Better than a real Big Mac.

    Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

  5. Jackie I had no idea you had the recipe for the special sauce. I used to eat Big Macs when I was a kid and love, love that sauce. After all that is what made the burger. I am so happy to have found this. Will be pinning to try for sure.

  6. This salad sounds SO GOOD, and what a great way to cut carbs! I love how simple this recipe is too. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Big Mac salad, very creative! Thanks for sharing your recipe with SYC.

  8. Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up~

  9. So interesting! Never heard of a cheeseburger salad, but it sure looks tempting! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It!

  10. Yum! Thanks for joining us at Tasty Tuesdays this week!

  11. This looks so good!! How creative!! Thanks for linking up to The Gathering Place!

  12. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

  13. How to make special sauce! This sounds so different and delicious. Thanks so much for linking up with The Gathering Place!

  14. Very different and I love it!Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend and have a fun holiday.

  15. I have not eaten a Big Mac in so long and this salad is fun and different. Maybe I can do it with a cheeseburger soup recipe I like lol. Pinning to try.

  16. I have never tried it but I just made some Dill pickles and think I should try it at least

  17. I’m drooling! This quick low carb recipes looks amazing and simple! Can’t wait to try it!