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Easy Big Mac Salad

My family loves a good Big Mac from McDonald’s, but it doesn’t exactly play well with a balanced diet. That’s why we love this Easy Big Mac Salad for a healthy, low-carb take on the classic.

Fast Food Recipe You Can Feel Good About Eating

When I was growing up, my brother and I had paper routes. Each time we had to ride our bicycles to the paper office and pay for the papers we delivered, we had just enough left over to buy ourselves a McDonald’s Big Mac Meal. While it is still a treat once in awhile today, it is important to try and sneak healthy food into our diets.

Therefore, this big mac salad has all the great taste with quite a few less calories.

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Pickles on Salad?

Like you, I was astonished to find out how tasty pickles would be on a salad. I love cucumbers, but I never thought of pickles on my salad until I first tried this salad. They really make the whole dish shine!

Baby Dill Pickles Before Chopping

I use baby dill pickles in mine. They are flavorful and easy to hold and chop. I usually use three pickles to a serving of the salad. Because pickles are a low calorie food, you can slightly increase the amount of pickles for a more filling dish and you’ll barely notice.

Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island Dressing

The other piece of the Big Mac puzzle is thousand island salad dressing. You can make your own, of course, or you can purchase it, either way, it is zesty and creamy.

Big Mac Salad with Bacon on Top

Easy Keto Dish

When you are pressed for time and are following a low carb or keto diet, this can be a great weekday meal. My diabetic husband often craves McDonald’s and this salad satisfies that fast food craving.

Veggies for Big Mac Salad

Lettuce for Big Mac Salad

This easy salad can be made with any type of lettuce that suits your fancy. However, the best lettuce that we have found for this recipe is the standard iceberg. Shredded is ideal, but you can always chop up a full head.


Bun-less Big Mac?

We have found a good solution for those of us that just really love our carbs. If you try our easy Big Mac salad and are still missing the bun, we suggest trying to add a few croutons or tortilla strips. These add just enough carb content and they add a nice crunch.

If you need a bit more of a doughy texture, try adding a sprinkle of walnuts or peanuts over the top of your bowl!

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Easy Big Mac Salad

My family loves a good Big Mac from McDonald’s, but it doesn’t exactly play well with a balanced diet. That’s why we love this Easy Big Mac Salad for a healthy, low-carb take on the classic.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat, easy recipe, easy salad, healthy recipe, low carb
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 228kcal

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  • 1 head Iceberg lettuce
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 2 cups cooked ground beef
  • ½ cup thousand island dressing


  • Cook the ground beef. While the beef is cooking, chop or shred the head of lettuce. Chop pickles, onion, and tomato.
    Cooked Hamburger
  • Assemble the salads by adding lettuce to your bowl and topping with tomato, onion, pickle, ground beef, and salad dressing. You can also use croutons, tortilla strips, or nuts if you’d like that extra punch. Serves about four people.
    Big Mac Salad no Bacon

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Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg

AboutCasey Brown

A blog is a great way to pass down recipes through the generations. My grandmothers on both sides had specialties that they made that were superb. I continue to improve my cooking and baking skills. I have a bachelor degree in business management and use that to help run my online business.

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