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Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

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?

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Serves 4

Ingredients 

Salad

  • 1lbGround sirloin

  • 1/2 Onion, chopped

  • 1tspSea salt

  • 1/4tspBlack pepper

  • 2 bags Romaine Lettuce Blend

  • 1cupTomatoes(chopped)

  • 3/4cupCheddar cheese(shredded)

  • 1/2cupPickles(diced)

  • 8 slices of center cut bacon, cooked, 2 slices per serving (I always make it in microwave so it's perfectly crispy.)

Dressing

  • 1/2cupMayonnaise

  • 2tbspPickles(diced)

  • 2tspMustard

  • 1tspWhite vinegar

  • 1/2tspSmoked paprika

  • 1 packet stevia(or any sweetener of choice; adjust to taste)

Directions

  1. 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 seasoningfor 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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Microwave Bacon

My mom, who majored in home economics in college, taught me how to cook just about anything in a microwave. Yes, I've read some of the articles about it's danger and have decided that while it might cause harm, that the amount I've used it thus far in my life has probably done irreversible damage at this point.

I've taught several of my friends how to cook bacon this way and they've always sang the praises, especially when it comes to clean up. If you've done it right, it will be just the way you like it and you won't have the burn marks on your hands from popping grease! Win!

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Items Needed

  • Appropriate servings of Bacon for your bunch (2 slices of center cut per person is what I prefer) 
  • White paper towels (The ink on the printed ones scares me to cook with)
  • Microwave bacon tray or large plate

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My bacon tray, it's well loved in my house.

Directions

  1. Put 1 layer of paper towels on your bacon tray or plate. If using a plate, make sure it will fit in your microwave first. 
  2. Lay up to 4 slices of bacon on towel. This is the perfect amount for the towel, anymore and the grease can't be absorbed as well and you risk it being left behind in the microwave. If bacon hangs over the sides of the tray or plate a little bit, that's ok!
  3. Put another layer of paper towel on top. If cooking more, you can add your next layer of bacon. Make sure your top layer is always a paper towel. I recommend only cooking 8 slices at a time. I've done 12, it was a mess and it wasn't evenly cooked.
  4. On full power, cook bacon for 1 min per slice. My microwave is 900watts so this is perfect. If yours is higher wattage, subtract a minute from the total time and then check for doneness. Add time if needed.  (If cooking 8 slices in a 1100 watt oven, cook for 7 minutes to start.)
  5. If eating immediately, take tray out and let sit for a minute before you serve. This will allow for the bacon to crisp and cool a bit to handle. When I use bacon for salad, I take it out of the oven and allow to cool completely before bagging it up for storage. 

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