Cheeseburger Salad

Thank you to Kraft for sponsoring this easy Cheeseburger Salad recipe!

Do you think “good for you” and “family friendly” are hard phrases to combine when it comes to dinner? Think again! This nutritious Cheeseburger Salad loaded with seasoned turkey, fresh vegetables, and Kraft Thousand Island salad dressing will please kids and adults alike. It’s quick and easy too!

This good-for-you dinner is a fun meal the whole family will love!

Believe me when I say that I know all too well about picky kids. Mine turn their noses up at most things except carefully divided and mildly flavored meat, fruit, vegetables, and pasta. Mixing ingredients together often results in them leaving full plates at the table instead of expanding their horizons. They do both like salad and cheeseburgers though, so I tried my hand at combining those two acceptable dishes into one tasty salad.

This good-for-you dinner is a fun meal the whole family will love!

It may be the case that anything that includes pickles is going to be a hit at our house. When my boys saw all the familiar burger ingredients including diced dill pickles in their bowls, they were ready to give it a try. “Cheeseburger Salad” also just sounds fun!

This good-for-you dinner is a fun meal the whole family will love!

I had to get Kraft’s Thousand Island Dressing with Smoky Bacon at the store as soon as I saw it. What can I say? I’m a sucker for bacon. Since Thousand Island dressing is a common burger topping, it gave me the idea for this recipe. The only thing cheeseburger salad is missing is the bun. That’s fine and dandy with me since I can’t eat gluten, but you can serve it with bread or add croutons if you’d like.

This good-for-you dinner is a fun meal the whole family will love!

This easy dinner recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights. I hope it puts a smile on your family’s face!

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This easy salad is a healthy way to enjoy the taste of cheeseburgers!

Cheeseburger Salad

This easy dinner recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights. I hope it puts a smile on your family’s face!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. ketchup
  • 3 romaine lettuce hearts washed and chopped
  • 4 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 c. dill pickle slices or spears chopped
  • 1/2 c. Kraft shredded sharp cheddar cheese 2% milk cheese works great
  • 1/3 c. Kraft Thousand Island with Bacon salad dressing 1-2 tbsp. per serving

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, turkey, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and a few grinds of pepper. Saute, stirring occasionally and crumbling meat as it cooks.
  2. While meat cooks, chop your other ingredients to save prep time. Divide chopped lettuce evenly between four large salad bowls.
  3. When turkey is cooked through, stir in ketchup. Drain meat well in a colander, and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Scoop meat over lettuce, and top each salad with tomatoes, pickles, and two tablespoons of cheese. Drizzle salad dressing over the top to taste.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10

 

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Andi Gleeson

4 comments

Stacy
7 years ago

I have a love/hate relationship with ground turkey, but it was really good in this recipe!! My kids really enjoyed it! The pickles are so good – it seems weird, but it tastes heavenly!

Andi Gleeson
7 years ago

Thank you so much, Stacy. :) It made my day to know you enjoyed my recipe! I’m glad you liked how the turkey turned out, but of course you could make it with ground beef if you like that better. Enjoy your weekend!

Ashley | The Recipe Rebel
9 years ago

Haha, in our house I’M the picky one! My kid will eat anything, but this looks great! It looks like a salad even I could enjoy :)

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Ashley! It’s probably easier for the cook to be the picky one because you can stick to recipes you like ;)

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