We eat a lot, and by a lot I mean a ton, of salads. These are easy to make ahead the night before and they give us a big dose of vegetables. Our go to is usually a cobb like salad however, we wanted to mix things up to take the dull out of the routine. Also, who doesn't love a cheeseburger?
- 1 lb Ground sirloin
- 1/2 Onion, chopped
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 1/4 tsp Black pepper
- 2 bags Romaine Lettuce Blend
- 1 cup Tomatoes (chopped)
- 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 1/2 cup Pickles (diced)
- 8 slices of center cut bacon, cooked, 2 slices per serving (I always make it in microwave so it's perfectly crispy.)
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp Pickles (diced)
- 2 tsp Mustard
- 1 tsp White vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
- 1 packet stevia (or any sweetener of choice; adjust to taste)
- Cook onion and ground sirloin in a skillet over medium high heat. Season with sea salt and black pepper (I also added a little bit of beef seasoning for that extra burger goodness). Cook for for about 7-10 minutes, breaking it up ( I'm thankful for the mix n' chop for this job), until the beef is browned and moisture has evaporated.
- Meanwhile, blend all the dressing ingredients in a blender. If dressing is thicker than you like, thin out with water or oil and puree again. Adjust sweetener to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add the ground beef. Toss with dressing.
Since I pack this for lunch, I let the beef cool and then separated it into individual portions and put into the fridge until the next morning when I assembled the salads. I also pack the dressing in a small container so that the salad doesn't become soggy. If you'd like to see how I make bacon in the microwave, check out the post OVER HERE.