Monday, June 18, 2012

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

I have to admit that I was skeptical when I heard the name of this salad. I didn't think it sounded that appetizing - but a good friend of mine has made a similar recipe several times with rave reviews by her family. So - I gave it a shot and I'm SO GLAD I DID!!

It was really so delicious. My 7 year old actually said "Mom, this is heaven!"

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad
2 hamburger buns, split and cut into 3/4 inch strips*
1 lb ground beef
¼ to ½ c ketchup (personal preference)
1/2 cup finely chopped dill pickle
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1/2 small red onion, sliced or diced
4 c chopped lettuce
tomatoes, diced or chopped
Bacon bits (real ones)
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Ranch dressing

Put ground beef into a skillet over medium heat, and brown the meat, breaking the beef up as it cooks, until it’s browned. Stir the ketchup, dill pickle, and mustard into the beef mixture and mix well.

Arrange the salad lettuce first, beef mixture and desired toppings. I drizzled ranch dressing over the top and that absolutely took the salad over the top!! Yummy!

* If you want to make “hamburger bun” croutons: Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange the strips in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the strips are lightly toasted. I omitted them because I couldn’t bear the thought of turning my oven on in this hot dry weatherJ

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