Keto Big Mac Salad

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The Big Mac has always been a favorite hamburger. On the keto diet, you can still enjoy a Big Mac, just turn it into a salad. Take a juicy cheeseburger and put it onto of shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion and add a creamy thousand island dressing.

Keto Big Mac Salad Ingredients

  • 4 (¼ pound) hamburger patties
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • one head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 dill pickle spear, cubed
  • ½ tomato, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Low Carb Thousand Island Dressing

Keto Big Mac Salad Directions

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Keto Big Mac Salad Recipe

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An American classic burger is the Big Mac. Traditionally, a Big Mac contains shredded iceberg lettuce, white onion, two quarter pound beef patties topped with American cheese, and thousand island dressing. All layered between three sesame seed buns.

This low carb version of the Big Mac, ditches the bun, replaces the American cheese for cheddar, and adds sliced tomato. The thousand island dressing is also a low carb version.

Once mixed together, this salad has all the flavor of a cheeseburger without the bun. And at only 3.5 grams net carbs per serving, you will want to add this to your weekly keto meal rotation.

Keto Thousand Island Dressing

thousand island dressing being poured on big mac salad
The thousand island dressing in this recipe is a homemade creamy low carb thousand island. It is simple to make, so you could make it up ahead of time but you don’t need to. The dressing comes together in less than 5 minutes.

This salad dressing is the perfect amount of sweet and tang. It is sweetened with erythritol. And uses dill pickle and apple cider vinegar to give it a little bite to it.

No American Cheese In A Big Mac Salad Bowl

big mac salad with cheddar cheese
In this keto burger bowl recipe, I opted not to use American Cheese that you would traditionally find on a Big Mac. American cheese has carbs in it. Sure it’s a small amount 1-2 carbs per slice, but that can add up when you are limited to a small amount of carbohydrates a day.

Instead, I suggest topping your burger with cheddar cheese. Cheddar has zero carbs per slice and has a similar flavor to American cheese.

Tomato In A Big Mac??

tomatoes with knife

Technically, the Big Mac does not contain tomato. However, I like to add it to my burger bowls because it adds color and I love the flavor it adds. Tomatos do have carbohydrates in them, but a few thin slices on a salad aren’t going to break the bank. They also provide fiber, vitamin C and lycopene.

Meal Prep Big Mac Salad

ingredients in bowl for salad
Big Mac Salad is an easy recipe to meal prep ahead of time. I like to prep these to take for my lunches. To meal prep a burger bowl, store all your ingredients separately. Then combine them when you want to make your Big Mac Salad. You can cut up the iceberg lettuce ahead of time and store it in a ziplock bag or container. Place a dry piece of paper towel in with the lettuce to help absorb any excess moisture.

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