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Bacon Cheeseburger Kale Salad -- This Bacon Cheeseburger Kale Salad is essentially a deconstructed bacon cheeseburger set over a bed of baby kale and topped with a "secret sauce" dressing. Totally customizable to your own preferences, this is way more fun than the average kale salad! | wearenotmartha.com #kale #salad #kalesalad #cheeseburger #bacon

Bacon Cheeseburger Kale Salad

This Bacon Cheeseburger Kale Salad is essentially a deconstructed bacon cheeseburger set over a bed of baby kale and topped with a "secret sauce" dressing. Totally customizable to your own preferences, this is way more fun than the average kale salad!
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Course: Entree, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheeseburger, Kale, salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • ¾ lb. 85% lean ground beef
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 8 cups baby kale
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar
  • cup dill pickle slices
  • Hamburger Bun Croutons (recipe below)
  • Secret Sauce Salad Dressing (recipe below)

Hamburger Bun Croutons

  • 3 hamburger buns, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt

Secret Sauce Salad Dressing

  • cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp dill pickle juice

Instructions

  • Add ground beef to a large skillet over medium heat and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula, until no longer pink, 7-10 minutes.
  • Stir salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder into the ground beef. 
  • Add kale to a large serving bowl. Top with tomatoes, sliced onion, crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar, and dill pickle slices. Using a slotted spoon, remove ground beef from skillet (leaving any extra oil behind) and add to salad. Top with hamburger bun croutons.
  • Drizzle dressing over the salad, toss, and serve in individual bowls.

Hamburger Bun Croutons

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together cubed hamburger buns, olive oil, and salt. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, until nice and crispy. 

Secret Sauce Salad Dressing

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, yellow mustard, and dill pickle juice until smooth.

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