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This easy to make main course salad tastes very much like that iconic fast-food burger it’s named after.

This big mac cheeseburger salad will cure your burger craving, but with a healthier twist, and without waiting in line at the local burger joint.

A closeup vertical image of a main course salad big mac salad with ground beef, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and special sauce in a cup.

If you’re a lover of big mac sandwiches, then you probably want to call me out on an ingredient that I added to my main course salad that isn’t on a traditional golden arches burger.

How well do you know the double-decker burger? Can you spot the rogue ingredient in this burger salad recipe?

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The ingredients for making big mac salad:

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The rogue ingredient?

What can I say? I happen to love tomatoes on my burgers so I added them to my copycat big mac salad recipe.

If you want to be fully traditional in the making of your burger salad, please feel free to leave the tomatoes on the cutting room floor.

But, since eating has almost as much to do visually as it does with taste, then keep the tomatoes in the bowl, and on the salad.

That pop of red really livens up the appearance of this salad, and makes it a main course salad that is very hard to resist!

Who remembers the catchy big mac slogan from years ago?

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun…and tomatoes! LOL

No. No tomatoes, sadly. But in my opinion, they should have figured out a way to add them to the burger, and the poem. Just sayin’

The easy instructions for making a big mac salad:

  • In a large skillet, brown 1 pound of ground beef.
  • Add dehydrated minced onion to the beef along with salt, pepper, and chopped dill pickles.
  • Set aside and keep warm.
  • To make the special sauce (aka dressing), in a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, ketchup, smoked paprika, and yellow mustard.
  • To assemble the salad, chop 2 heads of romaine lettuce and layer it into a bowl.
  • Top the lettuce with the ground beef mixture, the special sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes (optional), and croutons.
  • Serve immediately.

How long will this salad keep in the refrigerator?

This big mac salad is best when eaten the same day it’s made. Because then you’ll get the temperature contrast from hot (from the ground beef), to cool (from all the other ingredients).

Also, once made, the croutons may get soggy in the refrigerator so I recommend eating this main course salad right away after making.

Can the components of this salad be made in advance?

Sure thing! But, as I mentioned earlier, it’s best not to assemble the salad until just before you’re ready to eat.

However, feel free to prep the romaine lettuce, shred the cheese, cut the tomatoes, and mix the dressing (stored separately in a covered container), and keep those items in an air-tight container or zip-top bag in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

You can also prepare the ground beef mixture and store it in the refrigerator if you’d like to have all the prep work done in advance.

Then, when you’re ready to serve, just reheat the burger component in the microwave, and assemble the remainder of the cheeseburger salad as stated above.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy main course big mac cheeseburger salad.

Yield: 4 servings

Big Mac Burger Salad

A huge big mac salad in a white bowl with tongs in the background.

This easy to make main course salad tastes very much like that iconic fast-food burger it's named after. This big mac salad will cure your burger craving, but with a healthier twist, and without waiting in line at the local burger joint.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1½ tablespoons dehydrated minced onions
  • ½ cup chopped dill pickles
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, halved (optional)
  • 1 cup salad croutons
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1½ tablespoons sesame seeds (optional, not shown)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet brown the ground beef over medium/high heat until no longer pink.
  2. Stir in the dehydrated onions, chopped dill pickle, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  3. Set aside and keep warm.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk the mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, ketchup, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and yellow mustard.
  5. In a large bowl, layer the romaine lettuce, ground beef mixture, special sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes, croutons, and sesame seeds (if using).
  6. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

2 cups

Amount Per Serving Calories 739Total Fat 53gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 32gCholesterol 141mgSodium 1284mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 9gSugar 11gProtein 43g

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Justine

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

I never realized Big Macs don't have tomatoes on them, lol. BUT I totally agree - tomatoes are a must on a salad. Can't wait to dig in!

Renée

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

I pretty much just added them for color! That said, I do love a salad with a tomato! Take care, Justine.

Allison

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

I love this lower carb alternative to a burger. The dressing is so tasty!

Renée

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Thanks, Allison. Definitely lower carb if you eat the croutons sparingly. Enjoy!!

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