Monday, August 19, 2013

Cheeseburger Salad

It's about to get real up in here.
It's a cheeseburger but it's a salad. It's a salad but it's a cheeseburger. 
Think about that for a second. 
Let it sink in.
That whole plate full of deliciousness in the photo above is only 364 calories, 10 carbs, 39 fat, and 106 protein (according to Myfitnesspal).
What what!
I am pretty sure I must have died and woke up in cheeseburger heaven. All the tasty tasty crazy goodness of a burger without the carb-y bun. 
I'm still doing my happy dance over this recipe. The dressing, which is similar to a certain-famous-restaurant's "special sauce" is exactly what you need to top this off. 
If you are not writing your shopping list right now of ingredients you need to go buy to make should be. 

Cheeseburger Salad 

2 Tbsp light mayo
2 Tbsp no fat Greek yogurt, plain
2 Tbsp ketchup
2 tsp water
1 tsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp hot dog relish (the green stuff)
1 Tbsp onion, minced
1 tsp Sugar Twin (or other sugar substitute)
dash of hot sauce
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp olive oil

Hamburger Mixture
1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp sea salt

1 head lettuce, chopped
12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cup aged cheddar, shredded

Dressing - In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined. Set aside.
Hamburger - In a frying pan over medium heat, cook and stir onions, garlic, hamburger, and salt until hamburger is no longer pink and is cooked through. Set aside and keep warm.
Salad - Divide the lettuce among 4 plates. Divide the tomatoes evenly among the plates.
Divide the hamburger mixture between the 4 plates. Finally, top with equal amounts of the shredded cheese. Drizzle each with about 2 Tbsp of dressing. 
Serve immediately.

I'm in love. Which is a big deal for me. My relationship with salad has been rocky over the years. Some hurtful things have been said that I may have to take back. I may have been overly judgmental when I called salads tasteless and boring and yucky. 
Right here.
Has shown me the error of my ways.
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  1. I have to say that it's hard to wrap my head around the fact that this is only 364 calories. No matter. I'd rather wrap my mouth around it anyway.

    1. Thank you! It turned out so much tastier than I had expected :)

  2. Love this salad! I just started Weight Watchers and have been wanting a cheeseburger..this is perfect :)
    I would love to invite you to my new weekly linky party Share Your Stuff Tuesdays. It's on the blog now..hope you can join us!

  3. Looks good, I make a taco salad, but would love to try this. Pinning to my everything yummy board.

    Would you consider sharing this on Tuesdays With a Twist.

  4. Wow does that catch the eye and makes the stomach growl! Looks great.

  5. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  6. I love your recipe! Thanks again for sharing on our BBQ Block Party. See you next week and have a great weekend.

  7. We love salads and make a similar version! It totally curbs the craving and I don't feel so guilty afterwards :) Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week - I hope you'll join us again tomorrow. I look forward to seeing what you've been working on this week! :)

  8. YUM!!!! Your salad looks delicious!
    Thank you so much for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Come on over and share what you've been working on.