Big Mac® Salad

Big Mac® Salad

Everyone has a favorite food or restaurant that they need on bad days. For some of you, I feel sure that it’s somewhere nice with something fancy. For me, it’s McDonald’s. Grabbing a cheeseburger with extra pickles reminds me of good times with my Dad. It was his go-to and has become mine. McD’s definitely provides warm feelings and nostalgia for me, and I’d imagine for many of you as well.

All that said, I’ll be the first to admit that the macro-friendly offerings at McDonald’s are limited…at best. So, when I heard about a Big Mac® salad, I was all in. I have a lot of fun trying to flip old, familiar feel-good foods and this was no exception. It’s pretty much everything in the Big Mac song exception the sesame seed bun.

You’re singing it in your head now, aren’t you?

For nutritional reference, here’s a comparison for ya:
Big Mac: 33g fat, 44g carbs, 26g protein
MacroEd Big Mac Salad: 26g fat, 13g carbs, 33g protein

Big Mac Salad
1 lb lean ground beef
2 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tsp onion powder
½ C onion, diced
2 tbsp dill pickle juice
1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded (bagged, shredded lettuce is great here too)
4 oz fast food style hamburger dill pickle slices, diced
1 C mozzarella or cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tbsp Heinz ketchup
8 tbsp 1000 Island dressing (Marzetti was used when calculating the macros.)
2 roma tomatoes, diced

In a medium pan, cook ground beef, onions, mustard, onion powder, and pickle juice until beef is done and onions are translucent.

In a large bowl, add the lettuce, pickles, cheese, ketchup, 1000 Island, and tomatoes.
Add beef mixture and toss well.

Divide into 4 equal servings to keep your macros straight.

If you do this for meal prep, keep the meat mixture and dressing separate from the salad mix until you’re ready to serve. Then you can heat the meat without wilting the lettuce. Every salad will be fresh.

Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1/4 of recipe
Calories: 418
Fat: 26
Carbs: 13
Protein: 33
MFP Listing: MacroEd Big Mac Salad


Ashley Stephens, Ed.D.

Guest Blogger Ashley Stephens is a Huntington native, Marshall graduate, wife and mom of 2 who found a new love of flipping family-friendly recipes into healthier versions. In addition to running an online nutrition education program, Ashley regularly hosts live cooking classes at Huntington’s Kitchen.