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Quick & Easy Cheeseburger Salad

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Everything you love about cheeseburgers just put into a bowl! This delicious Cheeseburger Salad is a great way to satisfy those fast food cravings while still keeping it low carb! Every time I mention this salad to someone, their first reaction is always, “YUCK!” But after they take one bite their frowns turn upside down and they start calling me a freakin’ genius.

Just like the name suggests, we’re putting everything that you would find on burger, in bowl with lots of toppings and even whip up some homemade croutons! I prefer using thousand island dressing to really make it taste like I’m getting a cheeseburger from a fast food joint. (Just a healthier low carb version that’s still just as fast!). If thousand island dressing isn’t your thing then you can also use good ol’ ketchup and mustard too! You can either squeeze a little bit of each over the top and mix everything together. Or have both of them on the side and dip your salad as you go. Either way, they’re both fantastic!

I hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as I do!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

There are many benefits of eating a low-carb diet. Low-carb diets are very effective at lowering blood triglycerides, which are fat molecules that increase your risk of heart disease. The best way to lower blood sugar and insulin levels is to reduce carb consumption, which may treat and possibly even reverse type 2 diabetes.

By Anna Lee

Quick & Easy Cheeseburger Salad

  • Prep Time:15 Minutes
  • Cook Time:N/A
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

4 cups mixed lettuce, chopped

1 lb ground beef

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced

½ red onion, finely chopped

⅓ cup cheddar cheese, grated

Handful of dill pickles, quartered

2 tablespoons thousand island dressing

For the croutons:

4-6 slices of your favorite bread, hamburger or hot dog buns

Oil spray

Salt

Instructions

  1. To make the salad: Heavily season the ground beef with salt and pepper. Saute it until it’s cooked all the way through. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, add the lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, pickles, cheese and ground beef after it’s cooled.
  3. Mix everything together. Drizzle with dressing right before you serve and top with any additional toppings
  4. To make the croutons: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes and place them in a bowl. Spray the pieces with your oil spray until they’re completely coated.
  6. Sprinkle these pieces with salt and any other spices to your liking. Mix everything together and pour onto your prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until the croutons are slightly brown.
  8. When done, let them sit for a few minutes to harden as they cool.
To make the salad: Heavily season the ground beef with salt and pepper. Saute it until it’s cooked all the way through. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, add the lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, pickles, cheese and ground beef after it’s cooled. Mix everything together. Drizzle with dressing right before you serve and top with any additional toppings To make the croutons: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes and place them in a bowl. Spray the pieces with your oil spray until they’re completely coated. Sprinkle these pieces with salt and any other spices to your liking. Mix everything together and pour onto your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until the croutons are slightly brown. When done, let them sit for a few minutes to harden as they cool.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 448; Total Fat: 21 g; Saturated Fat: 7 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g; Cholesterol: 84 mg; Sodium: 663 mg; Potassium: 28 mg; Carbohydrate: 31 g; Fiber:  2 g; Sugar: 6 g; Protein: 32 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 13%; Vitamin A: 41%; Iron: 24%; Calcium: 88%;

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