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Overhead shot of a burger bowl drizzled with special sauce.
Course Main Course

Healthy Burger Salad Bowl with Special Sauce

By: Elysia
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Cheeseburger meets salad with this delicious burger salad! Dressed with a Big Mac inspired special sauce, these healthy burger bowls are loaded with so much mouthwatering flavour. They're simple to make, perfect for meal prep and can be assembled in less than 30 minutes! {Gluten-free}
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins


For the burger mixture

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Dash of salt and pepper

For the special sauce

  • 1/4 cup unsalted cashews soaked
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp diced pickle
  • 2 tbsp pickle juice (from the pickle jar)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

For the burger bowls

  • 8 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 4 cups diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced pickles
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Soak cashews for at least two hours in hot water.
  • Cook ground beef in a frying pan over medium heat until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add in the onion and Dijon mustard, stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes until fragrant, stirring frequently. Drain off any fat. Season with a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, add all of the ingredients for the Big Mac sauce into a high power blender (we like the Ninja) and blend until smooth.
  • Divide the lettuce among four bowls, top each with equal amounts of the ground beef mixture.
  • Top with red onion, avocado, tomatoes, pickles and cheddar cheese. Drizzle each salad bowl with desired amount of special sauce and toss to combine.



  • Make sure that you give the cashews sufficient time to soak so that they are soft enough to blend. If they aren't soft enough, the sauce may contain chunks of cashews. We want a smooth and creamy sauce. If you don't have time to soak the cashews, you can also boil them in water on the stove for 20 minutes to soften them.
  • If you want to save time, make the special sauce in advance so that all you have to do is cook up the beef and assemble the salad when meal time rolls around.
  • If preparing this salad for weekly meal prep, I recommend storing the burger mixture, sauce and salad separately and combining when ready to serve to prevent the lettuce from going soggy. 
  • I recommend making up a double batch of this sauce since it keeps well in the fridge. It's so good, you'll want to put it on everything! It also works well spread on burgers or sandwiches, mixed in with shredded or diced chicken or used as a creamy salad dressing.


Calories: 468kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 37gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 779mgPotassium: 1424mgFiber: 8gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 9481IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 303mgIron: 6mg
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