Big Mac salad – Special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, sesame seeds!

Big Mac salad with sesame seeds and special sauce dressing

Okay, so it’s not the absolute most appetizing-looking dish on its own, but it *does* look like someone tore up a few McDonald’s big macs and threw them in a bowl, right? Which, for all intents and purposes, is pretty ideal for something called a Big Mac Salad.

I’m sharing the recipe directly here because I hate when things like this go missing. I highly recommend clicking through the recipe link and scanning the comments and pictures, though. There’s some great info about serving this hot versus cold, how even though it’s a “salad,” it’s not exactly healthy, etc.

  • 8 slices white bread
  • 1 -1 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed


Toast all eight pieces of bread until just lightly golden-brown. Let cool and cut into cubes; set aside.

Brown and drain the extra lean ground beef. Let cool.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked and cooled ground beef, toasted bread cubes,finely chopped onions, shredded lettuce and cheese; toss well. Place in a large salad/serving bowl.

In a separate small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, salt and pepper.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad. You can either leave it drizzled or toss everything to evenly coat salad.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Doesn’t that ingredient list just scream “I’m a Big Mac”? I thought so.


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    January 11, 2012

    Your comment on my soup about the peas cracked me up! And this sounds great. I love Big Macs! I’ve been counting calories for a week so I really miss them. I’ll have to calculate the calories in your salad and see if I can work it in somehow!

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