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!

Two bowls of cheeseburger salad with shredded cheese on top and drizzled with special sauce.

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! 😉

Holding a bowl full of cheeseburger salad with shredded cheese on top and special sauce drizzled all over the top.

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!

cheeseburger salad in a bowl with shredded cheese on top and special sauce drizzled over the top.

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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)

This low carb cheeseburger salad has a special sauce that's like a creamy dressing, it's a filling and satisfying keto salad recipe with ultimate burger flavor!


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. 

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Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here
Calories: 888kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 79g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 5g
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Cheeseburger Salad with Special Sauce (Paleo + Keto)