Cheeseburger Salad with Special Sauce (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 888kcal
Author: Justin + Erica Winn
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!
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For the cheeseburger salad:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 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)

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. 


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