Keto Big Mac Salad Recipe (with Creamy Dressing)

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Big macs on a keto diet? Yes! This Keto Big Mac Salad recipe will satisfy those big mac craving any day of the week! Made with seasoned ground beef, fresh veggies, and topped with a deliciously creamy big mac burger sauce, I promise you will NOT miss the McDonald’s version!

keto big mac in a bowl with ground beef shredded cheese and veggies

How to make a keto big mac salad

Cheeseburger fan but sticking to a keto diet? I got you covered.

This big mac salad recipe is keto-friendly, low carb, and packed with those burger flavors we all love! This delicious salad is made with low carb, crisp veggies, and topped with a seasoned meat mixture that is packed with burger flavors. I love adding freshly grated cheddar cheese to many of my keto salads, and this one is no different. When you add it to the top of your warmed meat mixture, it will slightly melt, reminding you of a warm juicy cheeseburger. The creamy tangy burger “dressing” is what makes a big mac, so make sure you don’t leave it out!

Big Mac Keto Salad Ingredients:

  • Ground beef – Ground beef has the most flavor and fat. If you prefer you can substitute with ground turkey.
  • Ketchup- This adds lots of flavor to your salad. Just make sure to choose ketchup that is sugar-free.
  • Mustard- You might be surprised to know there is mustard in that big mac dressing. It adds another flavor you can’t leave out.
  • Worcestershire, Braggs aminos- I love the ‘umami’ flavor. Both of these ingredients add to ground beef.
  • Veggies- What’s a salad without fresh veggies?! I use romaine lettuce, red onion, and tomatoes.
  • Shredded cheddar – If you love cheese on your cheeseburgers, don’t skip out on the cheddar!
  • Dill pickles- A classic addition, they add a delicious tang and flavor that scream big mac!
  • Besti monkfruit allulose blend powdered: This is a sugar-free sweetener I use for the big mac sauce.

Steps for making keto big mac salad:

ground beef mixture in a skillet for big mac salad

Step 1: In a medium skillet brown ground beef, then drain. Add sugar-free ketchup, mustard, ketchup, Braggs aminos, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and oregano. Simmer on low for 2 minutes.

big mac ground beef, tomatoes, onions and peppers in a bowl on top of lettuce

Step 2: While it is simmering, wash and dry lettuce, then chop and place in four bowls. Add the meat mixture, chopped onions, pickles, and tomatoes to each bowl of lettuce. If you prefer, you can also put all the ingredients in a large salad bowl instead of individual serving bowls.

pickles big mac seasoning in a clear bowl

Step 3: Add your big mac sauce ingredients to a small bowl then stir.

keto big mac salad bowl with big mac dressing on top

Step 4: Top each bowl with a drizzle of your big mac sauce and dig in!

The keto big mac sauce

The big mac sauce, or burger sauce, is your dressing for this salad. It is what makes this salad a “big mac salad’. Without it, it would be just a salad with ground beef on top. It is creamy, tangy, and a favorite for McDonald’s fans. Normal big mac sauce is NOT keto-friendly because of the added sugars that are mixed in. Many recipes call for Thousand Island dressing, which contains many ingredients that most of those who follow a low carb diet avoid. This homemade special sauce recipe is a much better choice.

Big mac sauce sweetener options:

For the sauce, I used Besti Monk fruit Allulose Blend Powdered Sweetener, which I think has the least after-taste. If you want to use other sweeteners, you can use Swerve Confectioners, and Lakanto Monk Fruit Powdered, both can be subbed at a 1:1 ratio.

big mac burger salad in a bowl with lettuce, cheddar cheese and veggies

Keto variations you can make to your big mac salad

Although this low carb big mac salad is delicious as is, you can substitute a few ingredients if you prefer. Here are some suggestions that will keep this salad low in carbs but still tasty:

  • Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey
  • Add other seasonings such as garlic powder, onion powder, or chili powder to your ground meat.
  • Use other greens in your salad like spinach, kale, or iceberg lettuce.
  • Add sauteed onions to your ground beef mixture.
  • Serve your salad in lettuce wedges or as a “lettuce wrap.
  • Add avocado or hard-boiled eggs to your salad for more fat and protein.

Other keto salad recipes:

How many net carbs per serving?

Based on four servings, this low-carb big mac cheeseburger salad has 4g net carbs, which is much healthier than the fast-food version.

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Keto Big Mac Salad Recipe (with Creamy Dressing)

low carb keto big mac salad in a white bowl with sauce on top
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Keto Big Mac Salad Recipe (with Creamy Dressing)

Big macs on a keto diet? Yes! This Keto Big Mac Salad recipe will satisfy those big mac craving any day of the week! Made with seasoned ground beef, fresh veggies, and topped with a deliciously creamy special sauce, I promise you will NOT miss the McDonald's version!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 561kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ tsp sugar-free ketchup
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire
  • Dash of Braggs Aminos
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • ¼ cup purple onion chopped
  • cup grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1 ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup dill hamburger pickles chopped

Big Mac Sauce

Instructions

  • In a medium skillet brown ground beef, then drain off any excess fat.
  • Add sugar-free ketchup, mustard, ketchup, mustard, Braggs aminos, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and oregano.
  • Simmer on low for 2 minutes.
  • While it is simmering, wash and dry your lettuce, then chop and place it into four bowls.
  • Add the meat mixture, chopped onions, pickles, and tomatoes to each bowl.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to a small bowl then stir.
  • Top each bowl with sauce and enjoy!

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Notes

*The sugar alcohols from the Besti sweetener are not included in the nutritional information since most subtract to calculate net carbs. 
*To prepare this in advance, simmer your burger meat and mix up the sauce a day prior and store it in the fridge. Then, if you prefer it warm, heat the beef mixture in the microwave before topping your lettuce and veggies. Top with your cold burger sauce.

Keto variations you can make to your big mac salad

Although this low carb big mac salad is delicious as is, you can substitute a few ingredients if you prefer. Here are some suggestions that will keep this salad low in carbs but still tasty:
  • Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey
  • Add other seasonings such as garlic powder, onion powder, or chili powder to your ground meat.
  • Use other greens in your salad like spinach, kale, or iceberg lettuce.
  • Add sauteed onions to your ground beef mixture.
  • Serve your salad in lettuce wedges or as a "lettuce wrap.
  • Add avocado or hard-boiled eggs to your salad for more fat and protein.

Nutrition

Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6804IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 4mg
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keto big mac salad in a white bowl with shredded cheese on top

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this today and I am in love! I used to love Big Mac’s and now I can still savor the flavor. It is absolutely scrumptious.

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