Cheeseburger Chopped Salad with Dill Pickle Vinaigrette.
I’m going to tell you about a cheeseburger salad and hope you don’t freak.
Please don’t freak! It’s really oh-so good. And when I tell you what goes on this crazy cheeseburger salad? I’m hoping you’ll be into it.
I am SO into it.
The thing about a cheeseburger salad is that it’s not… super attractive. You know? It’s not like this gorgeous voluptuously green salad that is bountiful and vibrant. But it is SO ridiculously flavorful and just GOOD.
And you’re probably looking at your screen thinking whaaaaat, this is gross. How the heck can we make a cheeseburger salad taste anything but awful? But!
I’m going to show you.
Because I’m obsessed.
And I know that is 100% shocking.
First, you want to brown some (good quality!) ground beef with some salt and pepper – maybe some garlic or onion (but we are adding that later) or whatever you would put inside of your burger. Aside from things like breadcrumbs or eggs or that jazz. And you want it crispy and browned and delicious.
Like eat-straight-out-of-the-pan delicious.
The rest of our salad goods are going to be the things you’d put ON your burger.
Cheese, or course. Bacon if you wish. Diced onion, because we’re doing the chopped thing. Tomatoes! You could also even do avocado.
And guess what is going on top. JUST GUESS.
Not a creamy dressing.
Oh, I guess you don’t have to guess since it’s in freaking title. Hello, I’m the worst.
Dill pickle vinaigrette. YES. Helllllo all my pickle freaks.
This concept is not something I came up with on my own. I’ve seen a ton of videos on Facebook for something similar and decided that I HAD to have it. I mean, I could practically drink pickle juice, I love it that much. I’ve always loved it. As a kid, I would dip potato chips in residual pickle juice that was left on my plate.
As a kid, I DID drink the pickle juice.
Now don’t worry – I’m not that nutcase who is going to start making pickle desserts. Is that going to become a thing? I mean, if we did it with bacon… ? But just no.
However, this salad is THE BEST. It’s perfect for summer, Memorial Day parties, your lunch or dinner – it just works all around. It’s pretty darn healthy, you can adjust the cheese or the beef or add bacon or add croutons – whatever. Also – it’s simple. You can eat leftovers and love life.
And the flavors are a mesh of things we’ve been eating together for ages, so it just tastes sooo good. Maybe I could say that 32 more times. it’s true!
Here’s a cheeseburger salad video too!
Cheeseburger Chopped Salad
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese freshly grated
- 8 cups butter lettuce
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
- 1/3 cup chopped dill pickles
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- salt and pepper for seasoning
dill pickled vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup diced dill pickles
- 3 tablespoons dill pickle juice from a jar of dill pickles
- 2 tablespoons diced shallot
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once it's hot, add the ground beef, garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Break the mixture apart with a spoon and cook until browned, stirring over and breaking the pieces into crumbles, for about 6 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle about 2 ounces of the cheddar over the beef so it slightly melts. You can serve this salad with the beef hot or room temp - so if necessary, you can make this a bit ahead of time!
- Place the butter lettuce on a cutting board and run your knife through it to chop it into pieces. Ideally we want everything in uniform pieces so each bite is perfect. Chop up the lettuce, then throw it in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss it well. Add the tomatoes next, the dill pickles and the diced onion. Add the remaining shredded cheese. Toss the salad well, drizzle on the dressing and serve!
dill pickled vinaigrette
- In a bowl, whisk together the pickles, pickle juice, shallot, garlic, mustard and honey. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk until the mixture comes together. While whisking, stream in the olive oil until the dressing emulsifies. This stays great in the fridge for a few days!
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I’m thinking we should add fries though. Right? That’s just common sense.
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I think my husband would put ketchup on this…he can’t help himself.
100% needs fries
This is SO fun! I 100% thought a 1000 island dressing or something similar was coming! That looks like a great use for a small amount of meat or a toddler’s burger that only had one bite out of it! Well done!
i’ve never liked thousand island (or really any creamy dressing) so i knew i had to switch it up!! thanks emily!
I like where you’re going there, Emily. Big Mac salad!
So there’s an ingredient missing – #5 from the top says 1/4 teaspoon of….wait for it….what might it be?
oops sorry! it’s pepper. :) fixed it!
Ooh, I have a couple leftover cheeseburgers from last night’s dinner…and all the other ingredients in the fridge! Looks like lunch tomorrow could be this salad!
love that idea!
So much yes to this. YUM!
This actually looks fabulous to me. I think I might try it with a bread and butter pickle vinaigrette!
This looks lovely, not weird at all. I mean, we all love taco salad, right? It’s taco salad adjacent.
But I think I’ll be topping mine with shoestring potatoes.
I’ve made a cheeseburger salad for years and it is so, so good. I find myself shovelling it in to my face at shockingly inappropriate speed. It came out of a bet with a boyfriend at the time that I couldn’t make a salad that he’d like. I totally won. The recipe I found though has you brown the ground beef then add squirts of ketchup, bbq sauce and yellow mustard, then there’s no sauce or dressing on the salad. I’m looking forward to trying your version… it sounds healthier! I think….
I just made the dill pickled vinaigrette and it is so freaking delicious! I was lazy so I just blitzed all the ingredients in the food processor until it was emulsified but still a tiny bit chunky. YUM! Can’t wait to have it for dinner tonight. I’m going to pour it over a big chopped salad with some chicken burgers on top. I’m always on the hunt for fun dressings–this one is going in my regular rotation.
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Yum! What a good looking salad!
Okay…I’m freaking out…but in the best way possible! 😄
hey girl- this looks sooo yummy!
Omg I need this in my life! I love burger salads but it sounds even better with this viniagrettte!! Can’t wait to make!!
I mean, I still DO drink pickle juice, especially when I’m pregnant (like right now). But I think it’s delicious, and it replenishes electrolytes.
Also, this looks SO YUM.
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It is Very interesting post. I am glad to find this. Thank you very much.
wonderful, since I don’t/can’t eat the bun, and I don’t really like the lettuce wrap versions, better to just go straight to salad, great idea and thank you!
Oh, I am not mad at this!! I think my kids will love it — we’re in desperate need of summer lunch ideas, so thank you.
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It looks amazing. You are pretty good cook as well. I try your recipes. Keep it up hunny.
I loved this dressing!! What a fantastic recipe! <3
looooove pickle juice, too! um, and of course we should add fries… pittsburgh salad! steel city forever.
Oh man, this is so delicious!! I toasted a couple of buns to make croutons. So yummy!
We made this for dinner last night and loved it!!! Such a fun idea (especially for a pickle-lover who might have 4 different jars in the fridge). Thanks!!
I love the combination of your ingredients.lovely dish
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This looks AMAZING!!! What could I add to make it spicy?
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hmmm mmmm, just made it and couldn’t get to the table fast enough to enjoy it!
Thank you, thank you!! Adding this to my faves!!
I couldn’t find butter, but used boston lettuce? I assume it is in the same family? Tastes wonderful!
Happy week to you and yours.
This was a delicious and quick weeknight meal!
I’m not sure if you’ve covered this in another post, but this makes me think of Cheeseburger Pizza, aka the best pizza ever (other than pepperoni/pineapple). May recreate this but in pizza form because I can’t stop thinking about it :)
I loved the recipe, it’s a bit different. I really want to make it look delicious.
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OMGEEE this was so delicious & pretty too!!
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So yummy! I bought ground beef just to make this. Used spinach & coleslaw mix (trying to get some last min vitamins in me @ 39 weeks pregnant lol) instead of lettuce & it was just as delicious :) Even my fiance who doesn’t really like beef had 2 bowls! Thanks Jessica!
I have to try this but I’m the opposite I love creamy salad dressing and I don’t like pickles so I’ll have to sub the vinaigrette for maybe…ranch or a creamy tomato salad dressing.
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Yummy. Made this last night. 1 serving left-for my lunch today! Might sub blue cheese next time…
very tasty. thanks for share
thanks for sharing
I mixed about 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce and 1.5 tbsp Ketchup into the ground beef along w/ 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion before I browned everything. I made some croutons by roughly chopping a white hamburger bun and a whole wheat hamburger bun. In the pan I cooked the beef, I drizzled about 2 tbsp olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper. I added the croutons and cooked until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outsides. For the remainder of the recipe, I followed your ingredients and recipe to the letter! We loved the salad!!! 😊❤️🍔🥗
nice post. thanks for sharing