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As far back as I can remember I have been enjoying McDonald’s burgers, especially the Big Mac. Interestingly though, I never liked all the extra bun involved, long before I was living Keto Low-Carb.
The special sauce is amazing because it’s like a combination of all the ingredients that make up “the works” when you buy burgers from other places.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF THIS KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD?
To be honest, the nutritional value in this salad mostly comes from the ground beef, cheese, and salad ingredients. There’s little value in the sauce.
WHAT IS THE FLAVOUR PROFILE OF THE KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD?
The predominant tastes and flavours of this salad are competing yet complementary. The sauce is sweet, tangy, and creamy. The beef and cheese offer substance and fattiness.
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH THE KETO LAZY MAC SALAD?
The nature of this salad is simple and easygoing. Save your finest vintages for a gourmet meal. This salad only requires an off-dry rose. You need a hint of sweetness in the wine to complement the sweetness (albeit sugar-free) in the Big Mac sauce.
WHAT ARE THE KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD INGREDIENTS?
Mayonnaise: Hunt for a mayo that has zero carbs. Also, remember that any mayo claiming to be low-fat is usually higher in sugar. Be sure to read the nutritional label.
Ketchup: Look for a sugar-free or no-sugar-added Ketchup. Or you can make your own Keto ketchup.
Yellow Mustard: Love this mustard because it is inexpensive and has zero carbs. You can use any mustard you like, however. Dijon or spicy Dijon is also nice in this dressing.
Relish: I was able to find a relish that is only 2 net carbs for 1 tablespoon of relish. However, you can cut that in half by chopping up a dill pickle to replace the relish.
BBQ Sauce: In my Keto store I found a sugar-free BBQ sauce. But you can also use no-sugar-added BBQ sauce. It is far lower in carbs than any regular sauce.
Seasonings: You can add any seasonings you like. Classically, however, most recipes call for garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. I don’t add salt because cheese is already high in salt.
Vinegar: While I prefer apple cider vinegar, you can also use white vinegar.
Paprika: Choose any paprika you like. However, smoked paprika adds that extra subtle smoky flavour to the sauce.
Lettuce: Choose whatever lettuce you prefer. I like romaine lettuce because it’s crunchy and healthier than ice-burg lettuce. You can also use Boston or mixed lettuces.
Onion: Classically, a Big Mac has white onion. However, I prefer the white part of the scallions instead. You can also use sweet onion.
Pickles: Be sure to read the nutritional label of your pickles. In other Big Mac Salad recipes, I’ve seen the chef/cook add bread & butter or sweet pickles. Both types are high in net carbs. Go with dill pickles. And still some dills are 2 carbs per pickle, while other brands are one carb. Hunt for the lowest carb pickles
Tomato: A classic Big Mac does not include tomato. However, I love tomatoes in my salads. Keep the volume of tomatoes low as they are higher in carbs. Tomatoes also add lots of colour to the salad.
Cheese: Use whatever shredded cheese you prefer. However, a classic Big Mac includes cheddar cheese. If you have the time, shred the cheddar cheese yourself for that extra burst of flavour.
Sesame seeds: The Big Mac bun has sesame seeds. For more added flavour toast the seeds first.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE THE KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD?
Step One: Spray skillet with. Non-stick cooking spray or coat with olive oil. Cook ground beef with seasonings until browned. Add cheese. Mix well. Add a little water to the pan and keep warm. Water will keep meat from drying out while you prepare the sauce and salad.
Step Two: To make the special sauce in a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Note: if you want to cut out 2 net carbs, chop up a dill pickle and add it instead of the relish. Set sauce in refrigerator until needed.
Step Three: To make salad lay romaine lettuce in a salad bowl. Top with warm ground beef. Add onions, pickles, cherry tomatoes, and cheese.
Step Four: Drizzle with sauce. (I like to put my sauce in a plastic lunch bag. Add the sauce to the bag. Cut a hole in one corner of the bag and squirt the sauce over the salad from the bag.
Step Five: Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
HERE ARE A FEW HELPFUL TIPS:
Is this Big Mac Sauce keto-friendly?
This Keto Low-Carb version is far lower in carbs than the classic recipe. Just make sure all the ingredients you use are either sugar-free or no-sugar-added, such as in the Ketchup and BBQ sauce.
Can I freeze Big Mac Sauce?
No. Use up all the sauce, as the mayo will separate after freezing.
Can I use another vinegar?
Use any vinegar you prefer that is zero carbs.
Store your sauce in a sterilized, glass, airtight jar for up to 1 week in the fridge.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE THE KETO LOW-CARB BIG MAC SALAD?Print
KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD
This Keto Lazy Big Mac Salad is a fab way to enjoy all the burger flavours of a Big MAC without the carbs and bread. It’s also healthy and nutritious. The recipe uses ground beef, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cheese, tomato, and special sauce. If you’re looking for a tasty salad recipe and glass of wine, check this out.
- Prep Time: 20
- Total Time: 20
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: KETO LOW-CARB
- Method: PREPPING
- Cuisine: LUNCH, BRUNCH, DINNER
- Diet: Gluten Free
1 pound of ground beef
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
½ cup shredded cheese
½ cup zero carb mayo
1 tablespoon no-sugar-added Ketchup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon low-carb relish
1 tablespoon sugar-free (or no sugar added) BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 head romaine lettuce (or fav lettuce), torn or chopped
3 scallions (white part only), chopped
3 dill pickles sliced*
½ cup chopped cherry tomatoes (optional)
½ cup shredded cheese
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (for garnish)
Spray skillet with. Non-stick cooking spray or coat with olive oil. Cook ground beef with seasonings until browned. Add cheese. Mix well. Add a little water to the pan and keep warm. Water will keep meat from drying out while you prepare the sauce and salad.
To make the special sauce in a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Note: if you want to cut out 2 net carbs, chop up a dill pickle and add it instead of the relish. Set sauce in refrigerator until needed.
To make salad lay romaine lettuce in a salad bowl. Top with warm ground beef. Add onions, pickles, cherry tomatoes, and cheese.
Drizzle with sauce. (I like to put my sauce in a plastic lunch bag. Add the sauce to the bag. Cut a hole in one corner of the bag and squirt the sauce over the salad from the bag.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
If you prepare this salad with non-keto ingredients, such as regular ketchup and BBQ sauce, one serving contains 19.9 net carbs. It’s difficult to determine the exact net carbs if you use other low-carb ingredients. You just know the carbs will be lower.
(Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site. We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.)
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 496
- Sugar: 8.2
- Sodium: 1399
- Fat: 22
- Carbohydrates: 23.1
- Fiber: 3.2
- Protein: 50.9
- Cholesterol: 121
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