Cheeseburger Salad

September 28, 2016

Ground meat? Check. Cheese? Check. Ketchup? Check. Mayonnaise? Check. Potato Chips? Check. On a SALAD? Wait…WHAT?

Yep, you read that title right. This is a cheeseburger salad, and It. Is. Amazing.

It is everything you love about a cheeseburger piled high on cool crisp greens.  If you’re a regular reader of Paula’s Plate, you know my skeptical-of-anything-healthy-husband is my official taste tester. If he gives a recipe a thumbs up, it’s not just “healthy good…” it’s GOOD good. So good, in fact, that he went back for seconds – of a salad.


Do yourself a favor – swing by the store on your way home from work and pick up a pound of ground turkey. Then make this salad. You will have a house full of happy humans, I promise.



Cheeseburger Salad

Serves: 4

Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb. ground turkey (I like 93% lean, can also use ground beef)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. Lawry’s Seasoning
  • 10 oz. package chopped romaine hearts
  • 1 1/2 cups baby tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip for a sweeter dressing)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbls. water
  • 1 1/2 oz kettle chips


  1. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray.
  2. Brown ground turkey (or beef), until fully cooked.
  3. Season with pepper and Lawry’s seasoning.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, and water until smooth.
  5. Divide romaine lettuce among four plates.
  6. Top each plate with turkey, tomatoes, cheese, and chips. Drizzle with dressing.
  7. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from April 2016 Cooking Light magazine.

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  • Reply Michelle September 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Oh my goodness. Yes! This is a salad I could support.

  • Reply Desiree September 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious!
    I’m all about some cheeseburgers but they aren’t very healthy. This sounds like a much healthier option! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Paula's Plate September 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      My thoughts exactly, Desiree. Thanks!

  • Reply Caitlin September 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    This. Looks. AMAZING. I was about to shame myself to reading this while hungry, but maybe it’s auspicious?! I can’t wait to make this!

    • Reply Paula's Plate September 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Caitlin. I hope you enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Jenni Laplow September 29, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Cheeseburger salad!? This looks really good, and I could get my hubby to eat a salad with me this way 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Paula's Plate September 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Jenni! Yes, it is one of the few ways my husband will eat a salad too 😉

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