Low Carb Big Mac Salad

In my pre-WLS days, when I needed a quick bite to eat, a run through the nearest drive through fast food joint always did the trick. McDonald’s was popular and the Big Mac meal was a favorite.

I can’t tell you the last time I’ve been to McDonald’s but that hasn’t stopped me from having Big Mac’s. Well, at least my own low carb, WLS friendly version of the Big Mac. I’ve discovered that many of the things that I previously ate between two pieces of bread taste pretty darn good made into a salad version of their former selves. If you really think about it all the bread did was hold the best part of the sandwich, the delicious filling, together. These days I still get the two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions but I don’t need the sesame seed bun. Give it a try.


Low Carb Big Mac Salad
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 1-2
Get the same delicious taste of a Big Mac without all the fat and extra calories.
  • 1 or 2 cooked hamburgers (or use cheeseburgers), diced into pieces
  • shredded lettuce or salad greens
  • shredded or cubed cheddar cheese
  • finely sliced onions
  • dill pickle slices, chopped
  • tomato slices if desired
  • Thousand Island salad dressing (reduced or low fat if desired)
  1. Place shredded lettuce or a blend of salad greens into a bowl. Top with several tomato slices (not originally on the Big Mac but I usually add them in). Add the remaining ingredients (cheese, onions and pickles) amounts based on your own personal tastes. Top with diced cooked burgers. Drizzle the Thousand Island dressing over the top and enjoy!
LOW CARB TIP:be careful when choosing a dressing. Light and low fat varieties have the highest amount of carbs per 2 tablespoon servings. Full fat dressings seem to run about 5 grams (Kraft brand) to 4 grams per 2 tablespoon serving.

TIME SAVING TIP: when making burgers cook a few extra so you can make this. The burgers can be reheated in the microwave before being added to the salad. Or, do like I do, just add the cold diced pieces of burger straight from the refrigerator to your salad.

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