Big Mac Salad

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Big Mac Salad! Yum

This is a fun recipe and tastes just like a Big Mac!  I had a craving for one the other day… and this was exactly what I needed!

Using lean beef and light mayo, this salad is definitely a healthier alternative to a Big Mac!  I think my favorite part is the little bun croutons!  Super easy and just so adorable.  Love them!  After putting this all together, I felt completely satisfied!  It was a hit with my entire family!

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Big Mac Salad

This is a fun recipe and tastes just like a Big Mac!  I had a craving for one the other day… and this was exactly what I needed!


  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce , washed and chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons dehydrated onion flakes
  • 2 dill pickles , sliced
  • 1 cup Velveeta cheese or cheddar cheese , cubed
  • 2 sesame seed hamburger buns


  • 1/2 cup mayo (I used light)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon chopped dill pickle
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili sauce (or french dressing if you don’t have chill sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons dehydrated onion flakes
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place 4 tablespoons of dehydrated onion flakes in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside.
  3. Prepare dressing by mixing all dressing ingredients except milk in a small bowl. Microwave 25 seconds, stir well and refrigerate. Once cool, add in milk until desired consistency is reached.
  4. To prepare “croutons”, use a small circle cookie cutter (I used the centre of a doughnut cutter which was 1-1/4″) to cut small circles out of the buns. Place the “croutons” on a baking sheet and bake about 8 minutes or until crisp and dry. Allow to cool.
  5. Brown ground beef until fully cooked. Drain any fat and set aside.

Salad Preparation

  1. Place 1/4 of the lettuce in each bowl. Top with beef, pickles, 1 tablespoon of rehydrated onions, cheese and croutons. Drizzle with dressing.

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