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Cheeseburger Salad

This cheeseburger salad tastes just like a Big Mac! All the elements of your favorite sandwich put together into one delicious salad.

Cheeseburger? On a salad? Yes, it works, and it’s excellent! I made this a few weeks ago and it tastes just like a Big Mac. Working at McDonalds for almost ten years, I can confirm that yes, the taste really is similar! The thousand island dressing is really what makes the flavor pop out.

I’m becoming more of a salad person, because it’s an easy way to get in my daily intake of veggies. Now that I’m paying more attention to my food intake, especially the three macros- protein, fat, and carbs- I’m noticing that my salads are HUGE after I make them. Not even kidding, the last one I made had to be eaten in a mixing bowl after I added all of the lettuce and meat.

This cheeseburger salad doesn’t have to be THAT huge, but you certainly could. It has all the elements of a classic Big Mac- pickles, onions, cheese, thousand island dressing, and ground turkey/beef. Tomatoes don’t go on a Big Mac, but I figured more veggies are better! It’s easy to put together and makes plenty of leftovers! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Cheeseburger Salad

Cheeseburger Salad

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce (about 8 cups)
  • 1/2 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pickles, as desired
  • Thousand Island dressing


  1. Brown the ground turkey/beef in a skillet with the garlic until fully cooked; drain.
  2. Divide the lettuce, ground turkey, onion, cheese, pickles, and dressing into 4 bowls. Serve and enjoy!



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