Cheeseburger salad was introduced to me some years ago, and while it was an instant family hit I could probably count on my hand how many times we ended up making it.
I'm not naming names here... but it may have something to do with the two men that my mom and I lived with at the time. The ones of relation. The two big ol' carnivores that could survive on meat and potatoes alone.
I really think salad is a four letter word to my brother. He's one of those fellas' that can eat anything he wants and not gain an ounce. Erf! Makes me sick. Tee-hee. Anytime the word 'salad' is involved there is usually an immediate eye-roll and heavy sigh to follow.
Originally the Cheeseburger Salad that we made involved looots of ketchup and buns, but... I'm trying to avoid the need for a bun here. So, I just threw the sesame seeds on top and called it a day.
I also subbed the ketchup with tomato paste and water, since there's less sugar there, and used pickles made with sea salt. I've tried low sodium pickles, and I'm just not a fan.
This salad is exactly what the name states. It's an amazing traditional american cheeseburger; bunless.
Some things in this world are just better off naked.
I proise that you won't even miss the bun!
Servings: 4 • Size: 1/4 C. Meat + 2 C. Lettuce • Calories: 311.9 • Fat: 10.9 g • Carb: 17 g • Fiber: 5.5 g • Protein: 34.2 g • Sugar: 5.8 g • Sodium: 798.7 mg
1 Lb. Extra Lean Ground Beef
1/2 Red Onion, Chopped
1 Garlic Clove, Diced
6 Oz. Tomato Paste
1/4 C. Water
1 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard
1/2 C. Dill Pickles, Chopped (I used Pickles made with Sea Salt.)
8 C. Romaine Lettuce, Chopped
1/2 Large Tomato, Chopped
8 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Cheddar, Shredded
3 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Brown the mean, onions and garlic in a large skillet until the beef cooked through and the veggies are tender.
Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
Add the tomato paste, water, mustard and pickles to the meat mixture.
Stir well to combine.
Put 2 c. lettuce on each plate and top with 1/4 of the meat mixture.
Top each with tomatoes and about 2 tbsp. cheese.
Sprinkle on 1/2 tbsp. sesame seeds.
I gave mine another drizzle of mustard and some ketchup because... it's fun and colorful., but entirely un-needed.
Grab your skinny fork and enjoy!