I mean, salad is ok, but it's not very filling. Cheeseburgers are good, but they're not very healthy. What's a person to do?! The answer, once considered, is obvious. Marry the best of both worlds with this ultimate cheeseburger salad - the best thing to happen to salad since croutons and Baco-s* bacon bits.
This recipe came about as a result of creating the Hamburger guide. I was joking with Randofo about what I could contribute to it, and decided on a cheeseburger salad. Not a salad with cheese and hamburger, a la taco salad, but a salad with tiny islands of crouton-like cheeeburgers.
I did not know Rachel Ray had done it first. She is obviously a genius, and I'm pleased that we have the same ideas about food. But there's nothing as frustrating as finding out your idea was scooped. . . two years before you thought of it.
My recipe was only slightly different, but this is my Instructable, so you're getting that one, and I hope you enjoy the technique pictures that Rachel Ray obviously does not love you enough to provide.
*Bacon bits would take this salad to the extreme, and I can't believe I didn't think about it until now. Bacon Cheeseburger Salad, please. Yes, thank you.
Step 1: Ingredients
My favorite cheeseburgers are made with:
- 1 lb minced beef
- 1/2 small chopped onion
- Worcestershire or steak sauce to taste
- Steak seasoning (or salt & pepper) to taste + a dash (I always like more than I think I will)
- CHEESE! I used a sharp Irish cheddar
- 1 lb beef
- 1/2 packet onion soup mix (yum!!)
My salad consisted of:
- Chopped Romaine lettuce
- Tiny tomatoes
- Chopped yellow pepper
- Pickles, cause I love burgers with pickles!
I looked up a mustard vinaigrette which went a little something like this:
- 1/4 cup mustard (I prefer honey mustard)
- 3T vinegar - I used apple cider for its mellow sweetness, but balsamic would be a good choice too
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper