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keto big mac salad

Low-Carb Keto Big Mac Salad Bowl

Summer Yule
This keto Big Mac salad bowl is a filling meal with under 10 grams net carbs per serving! Feed your fastfood burger craving the low carb way!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 685 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 cups butter lettuce, torn into large pieces
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (454 grams; 93/7 lean beef)
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb baby bella mushrooms, sliced (454 grams)
  • 6 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded (170 grams)
  • 2 large sweet onions (cut in half, then thinly slice)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (grape tomatoes are fine too)

For the upgraded Big Mac dressing:

Instructions

  • Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Turn the heat to medium-low. Add the sliced onions and slowly cook them down, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and turn a lovely golden brown. It will take around 45-60 minutes to caramelize the onions. Set the onions aside.
  • Add the last tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the mushrooms and saute for 10-15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Set the mushrooms aside.
  • Season the ground beef with the steak seasoning. Brown it in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, crumbling it with a spatula as it cooks. Set it aside after it has finished cooking. It will take about 10 minutes.
  • To make the Big Mac salad dressing, whisk together the mayo, chopped chipotle in adobo, garlic, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.

To serve:

  • Divide the butter lettuce between four bowls. Top with the beef, mushrooms, Gruyere, caramelized onions, and tomatoes. Drizzle the salad bowls with the dressing (our "special sauce") and serve.
  • Note: For tips on making this recipe a non-soggy meal prep, don't miss the article above!

Notes

This is a level 2 recipe (transition or weight maintenance). Truth time: you could make a lower calorie and keto meal by ordering a bunless Big Mac without fries. However, it may not be very filling compared to this salad. I think burger salads are a really great concept to get the burger flavor in a more satisfying meal. 
A lot of people using the keto diet for weight loss combine it with intermittent fasting. If you only eat two meals per day, you may be able to fit larger meals (like this 700-calorie salad) and maintain a calorie deficit. 
On the other hand, if you wanted to make this a lighter recipe, it’s easy to do so! Here are some tips to make a low calorie Big Mac keto salad: 
  • Drop the amount of cheese down to 4 ounces (1 ounce per serving) 
  • Use light cheese shreds 
  • Substitute half of the mayo for non-fat plain Greek yogurt 
  • Lean ground turkey or chicken could work in place of the beef 
It’s important to note that just because something is a salad it doesn’t automatically mean it is low in calories. I know of a certain restaurant salad that is over 1,000 calories for the single meal.  
It is topped with quesadillas and an extremely generous amount of oily dressing. (I mean, you can theoretically top a salad with just about anything, right?) 
So, what if you want a higher calorie salad meal without refined grains or fried foods? Try this in place of the lean ground beef to keep things nutrient-dense and keto. 
To my salad haters out there, I hope you get a chance to try this Big Mac salad recipe. You might be amazed at how tasty (and not “diet-y”) a well-constructed salad can be! 
 
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe. Carbohydrates listed are net carbs (total carbs minus the fiber). 

Nutrition

Calories: 685kcalCarbohydrates: 9.2gProtein: 41.4gFat: 52.8gSaturated Fat: 16gPotassium: 837.4mgVitamin A: 59.5% DVVitamin C: 28.8% DVCalcium: 42% DVIron: 23.5% DV
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