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KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

KETO BIG MAC SALAD

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Hard to believe we can enjoy a Keto Lazy Big Mac Salad on a low-carb diet!  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 of the Keto Lazy Big Mac Salad mostly comes from the lean ground beef, shredded Cheddar, and salad ingredients.  There’s little value in the sauce.

Lean ground beef:

Lean ground beef is a great source of nutrients and protein. A 3-ounce serving of cooked lean ground beef contains approximately 154 calories, 22 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fat. It is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Notably, lean ground beef contains less saturated fat than regular ground beef, which makes it a healthier option for those looking to reduce their saturated fat intake. Additionally, lean ground beef is an excellent source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been linked to various health benefits, including weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, and reduced inflammation. Incorporating lean ground beef into your diet can provide you with an excellent source of protein and various essential nutrients.

Shredded Cheddar Cheese:

Shredded Cheddar cheese is a great source of several important nutrients. One ounce of shredded cheddar cheese contains around 115 calories, 6 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbohydrates, and about 200 milligrams of calcium. Additionally, cheddar cheese is a good source of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It also contains vitamin A, which is important for healthy vision and skin. However, it is important to consume cheese in moderation as it is high in saturated fat and sodium.

WHAT IS THE FLAVOR PROFILE OF THE KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

GROUND BEEF

The predominant tastes and flavors of Keto Lazy Big Mac Salad are competing yet complementary. The sauce is sweet, tangy, and creamy.  The beef and cheese offer substance and fattiness and umami.  Umami is roundness and depth of flavor. 

WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH THE KETO LAZY MAC SALAD?

The nature of Keto Lazy Big Mac Salad is simple and easy going.  Save your finest vintages for a gourmet meal.  This salad contains beef and Cheddar so you might think big red.  But there’s lots of other ingredients to consider.  This is salad.  Greens are delicate.  The sauce is sweet from the ketchup and BBQ sauce.  You have a couple of options. Drink whatever wine you like (as long as it’s bone dry) and don’t worry about pairing the wine to dish. Enjoy your wine the way you like it.

If you like to create harmony between the wine and the food, you’ll need some sweetness in the wine to harmonize with the sweetness in the salad.  Add a pinch of monk fruit sweetener to your glass of wine.  Choose whites like Riesling or Gewurztraminer or a pink rose. These varieties taste great when bone dry or sweet.  So they taste great with the added sweetener.  The wine’s sweetness will match the salad’s sweetness.

WINE TIPS:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT ARE THE KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD INGREDIENTS?

KETO LOW-CARB MAYONNAISE

KETO LOW-CARB MAYONNAISE

What are the ingredients in thisKeto Lazy Big Mac Salad?

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 flavor 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 color 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 flavor.

Sesame seeds:

The Big Mac bun has sesame seeds.  For more added flavor toast the seeds first. 

Beef:

Look for lean ground beef to cut back on saturated fat. Eat more healthy fats.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE THE KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD?

How do you prepare your 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.

Storing?

Store your sauce in a sterilized, glass, airtight jar for up to 1 week in the fridge.

WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?

KETO LAZY ZOODLE CAPRESE SALAD

KETO LAZY ZOODLE CAPRESE SALAD

Tuna Cheddar Pasta Casserole

Turkey Pot Pie

Zoodle Caprese Salad

Matzo Ball Soup

Japanese Crab Noodle Salad

Cheddar Biscuits

Caesar Cobb Salad

HOW DO YOU PREPARE THE KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD?

KETO BIG MAC SALAD

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KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD


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Description

This Keto Lazy Big Mac Salad is a fab way to enjoy all the burger flavors 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.

 


Ingredients

Scale

De-constructed Burger:

1 pound of lean ground beef

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar

Special Sauce:

1/2 cup zero carb mayo*

1 tablespoon sugar-free ketchup

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 tablespoon Keto compliant relish

1 tablespoon sugar-free BBQ Sauce

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

Salad:

1 head romaine lettuce (or fav lettuce), torn or chopped

3 scallions (white part only), chopped

3 dill pickles sliced*

1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes (optional)

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1 teaspoon sesame seeds (for garnish)


Instructions

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  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.)
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Category: KETO LOW-CARB
  • Method: PREPPING
  • Cuisine: LUNCH, BRUNCH, DINNER

Nutrition

  • 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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