This low carb cheeseburger salad is my new favorite! With a special sauce that’s like a creamy dressing, it’s a filling and completely satisfying keto salad recipe. It has all of the flavors of the ultimate burger in super healthy salad form! Plus, you can keep it entirely Paleo + Keto too if that’s your thing!
Only cheesy if you want to
While a little grated pastured cheese on top is amazing, it is completely optional. In fact, another non-dairy option would be to sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on top to add a little “cheesy” umami flavor. Nutritional yeast is also totally optional. Seriously, the special sauce that you drizzle on top is loaded with plenty of flavor, and you won’t even miss cheese!
The sauce makes this cheeseburger salad special
Seriously though, the special sauce is really what makes this summer salad extra tasty, and a not boring salad option. You’ll want to make it on repeat all summer long, promise! And you can slap the special sauce on just about anything with the leftovers. You’re welcome! 😉
Meal prep lunches, anyone?
We don’t know about you guys, but don’t you just want a salad you can get excited about? One you’ll look forward to eating during your lunch break? We thought so! This cheeseburger salad is not only a super easy meal prep idea for you, but absolutely one you’ll crave for lunches during your work week. Just pack everything up with the special sauce on the side to drizzle on top right before you dive in!
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Your turn to try our cheeseburger salad
Meal prepping, need a quick and easy dinner or just craving those cheeseburger flavors? Make this cheeseburger salad! Leave a comment below, and let us know how it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram, and tag us @realsimplegood. Make sure you give us a follow if you don’t already. We’d love to stay connected!
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Cheeseburger Salad with Special Sauce (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
For the cheeseburger salad:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp ghee, (or coconut oil for dairy free)
- salt and pepper, (about 1/2 tsp each)
- 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 cups olives, sliced
- 2 medium pickles, sliced
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 2 avocados, sliced
- 1 cup shredded cheese, (optional, omit for strict Paleo and dairy free)
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 small dill pickle, finely diced
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add ghee. Once the pan is hot, add in the beef and break it into small bits. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned, about 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
- While the beef is cooking, make the sauce. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a whisk. Refrigerate while you make the rest of the salad.
- Prepare the lettuce, olives, pickles, tomatoes, avocados and cheese (optional) as noted.
- Now, make your cheeseburger salad. If you wish, you can mix the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Or, you can just make individual salad bowls with a base of greens and add the other ingredients on top. Drizzle with sauce and enjoy! Note, you may have extra sauce. If so, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
This is my favorite recipe and we make it all the time! Delicious and super simple to make!! Thank you
You’re very welcome Kathy.
This was so yummy! Definitely on my summer salad go-to’s for this year. Such a great alternative for me in Keto while my husband has a regular burger. He was jealous of my sauce and added it to his burger too! Haha
Of course, who can resist that sauce??
Can anyone tell me is the nutrition value is per serving or per recipe?
The nutrition information is per serving.
Thank you very much
Awesome !!! The entire family loved it! And so easy!
Glad you all enjoyed it :).
Very tasty! We liked it so much I immediately made a second one so we could take it for lunch the next day.
Ha, that’s great! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂