Skinny Cheeseburger Salad

Here’s an unexpected spin on the classic cheeseburger that’s so tasty and fun! Your kids will love it too. I enjoy my burgers topped with Thousand Island dressing so I’m doing just that with this wonderful salad. The flavors meld together well. I suggest you make this dressing in advance, so the salad will come together quickly. Each large, main course salad has 242 calories and 9 grams of fat.
Skinny Cheeseburger Salad

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 6 main course salads. Each serving 1 salad

Shopping Tips
Most supermarkets sell extra lean ground beef. I used the 96% lean ground beef from Trader Joe’s.

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SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main course salad
242 calories, 9g fat, 3g sat. fat, 54mg chol, 25g prot, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 704mg sod, 3g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
182 calories, 3g sat. fat, 3g sugar, 20g protein


Skinny Cheeseburger Salad

Skinny Cheeseburger Salad

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 242 kcal


Ingredients for Thousand Island Dressing:

Ingredients for Burger Crumble:

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef, I used Trader Joe’s (96/4), see shopping tips
  • 1 cup yellow onions, diced
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt or salt
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Salads:

  • 24 cups romaine lettuce (each salad uses 4 cups)
  • ¾ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups tomatoes, chopped


  • Prepare the Skinny Thousand Island dressing and refrigerate. It can be made several days in advance. Or use a store-bought light Thousand Island or Ranch dressing.
  • To make burger crumble: In a large, nonstick pan add ground beef and onions. Brown over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes. Stir often, breaking up beef, into a crumble. Once browned, pour into a colander in the sink to drain any fat.
  • Add browned beef back to the pan. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir often.
  • To make one salad: Line a dinner plate with 4 cups lettuce. Top lettuce with ½ cup warm burger crumble. Sprinkle with ½ cup tomatoes (drained). Drizzle 2 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing over salad. Top with 2 tablespoons cheese.
  • You don’t have to make all 6 salads at once. Pack the burger crumble in individual containers and freeze for more salads in the future.


Serving: 1saladCalories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 25gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 704mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gBlue Smart Points: 5Green Smart Points: 5Plus Points: 6
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  1. I have made a similar recipes for a couple of years and it is a family favorite – I also add chopped hamburger dills to make a completely authentic cheeseburger !! Thanks for posting this recipe !

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