Big Mac Salad: A Low Carb, Copycat Recipe You’ll Love!

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I don’t know how long this Big Mac Salad recipe has been floating around, but how have I not tried it until now??!!

Not only does it taste exactly like a Big Mac from McDonald’s (minus the bun), but also it’s great for low carb and keto dieters!

With only 5 grams of carbs and 3 grams of sugar per serving, you’ll feel like you’re being so bad, but you’re not!

Big Mac Salad

Big Mac Salad: A Low Carb, Copycat Recipe You'll Love!

So I’ve been on a low carb, pretty much no starch, diet for the last 6 months.

Not gonna lie, it’s hard!!

Needless to say, it can be super challenging to find low carb, no starch recipes that are truly enjoyable and satisfying.

So when I heard about this Big Mac salad recipe, I was a little bit skeptical but thought I’d give it a shot.

Well, I am here to tell you that I’m so glad I tried it!

I swear to you (and I really don’t swear that much), this Big Mac salad seriously tastes like I just left the McDonald’s drive-thru.

Not that I’m a big proponent of McDonald’s.

However,  I have to admit, a good hot Big Mac with a side of McDonald’s fries has been calling my name for months!

Big Mac Sauce

Special Sauce Ingredients

“Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun.”

If you’re a child of the 70’s, (1974 to be exact) you’ll fondly remember this song, playing constantly on McDonald’s commercials.

Obviously, their campaign was successful because 46 years later I can still sing it without missing a beat.

The special sauce on the Big Mac is the dressing on the Big Mac Salad.

And, let me tell you, it tastes just like McDonald’s special sauce!

To make it have as little sugar as possible, we used Truvia Baking Blend (Amazon) instead of sugar.

Big Mac Salad Dressing

Big Mac Salad is Super Easy To Make

There are basically 3 steps to making this Big Mac Salad:

  1. Dice the pickles, onions, and lettuce
  2. Mix the special sauce/dressing ingredients
  3. Brown the ground beef

Brown lean ground beef in frying pan until cooked through

I measured everything out and kept all of the salad toppings separate so my family could choose what to add to their salad.

However, to get the full experience of eating a real Big Mac, you really need to add them all!

Separate salad ingredients into separate bowls

I knew as soon as I assembled my salad that this was going to be good!

Big Mac Salad: A Low Carb, Copycat Recipe You'll Love!

It had that familiar Big Mac scent and I couldn’t wait to dig in!

In addition, it was really filling and I didn’t even miss the bun or the fries!

Big Mac Salad: A Low Carb, Copycat Recipe You'll Love!

One ingredient I might add next time is sesame seeds.

Because sesame seeds are on McDonalds’ Big Mac bun, adding them to the salad could make it even more authentic.

Big Mac Salad: A Low Carb, Copycat Recipe You'll Love!

Both my husband and son looked at it and said ‘Um, what’s this?’

I told them it was a Big Mac Salad and they looked unconvinced.

Delicious low carb keto salad

But as soon as they sat down and started eating it, I knew they were just as impressed as I was!

Pro Tip: You might want to double the recipe because this went fast!

No leftovers over here!

Big Mac Salad Recipe

Big Mac Salad: A Low Carb, Copycat Recipe You'll Love!

Big Mac Salad: A Low Carb, Copycat Recipe You'll Love!

Housewives of Frederick County
Tastes just like a McDonald's Big Mac but in a bowl and without the carbs! So good!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


Big Mac Sauce

  • ¾ cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp Prepared Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Dill Pickles, diced
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp White Onions, Diced
  • 1 ½ tsp Truvia Cane Sugar Blend

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 cups Iceberg Lettuce, Chopped
  • ½ cup White Onions, thinly sliced and cut in half
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup Dill Pickles, sliced


  • To make the Big Mac Sauce, in a medium bowl mix all ingredients listed under the Big Mac Sauce ingredients above. Then set aside.
  • Brown ground beef with salt & pepper in a frying pan over medium heat until cooked through. Drain any grease.
  • While your beef is cooking, place the chopped lettuce, sliced onions, pickle slices, and shredded cheese into separate bowls.
  • When the ground beef is ready to serve, let each person assemble their salads and place ground beef on top. After that, drizzle Big Mac Sauce on top of the salad. Enjoy!
Keyword Big Mac, Big Mac Salad, Cheeseburger Salad, Keto Big Mac, Keto Big Mac Salad, Low Carb Big Mac, Low Carb Big Mac Salad

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4 thoughts on “Big Mac Salad: A Low Carb, Copycat Recipe You’ll Love!”

  1. 5 stars
    We made this, it was AMAZING! It’s become a go-to in our house because everyone loves it. SOOOOOOO good! Thanks for sharing.


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