Easy Big Mac Salad Bowl Recipe

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Some call it “the healthier Big Mac.” We just call it “delicious!” Check out this easy recipe to recreate the classic Big Mac burger from McDonald’s into salad form. Ditch the bun and add lots of lettuce – this Big Mac salad bowl is one tasty and filling meal!

Big Mac Salad Recipe HERO

We LOVE switching it up a bit when it comes to dinnertime. A hearty, filling salad is always a welcome choice. Salads are typically quick to throw together, which is very much appreciated after a long day of driving or exploring.

The only part of this meal that requires cooking is the ground beef. You can cook the beef up quickly on a skillet at your campsite OR you can prep ahead of time and cook the beef at home. Add it to a food storage container or Ziploc bag and put it in your RV fridge or freezer before you leave home.

We prefer to use cold (or at least, not hot) ground beef on these salads, but you can go with whatever temperature you prefer.

Big Mac Salad

If you have ever had a Big Mac burger from McDonald’s, we can tell you that this salad has a VERY similar taste! The only added ingredient in our salad that is NOT in a Big Mac is the tomato. (We added the tomatoes to give the salad some color and extra nutritional value. Feel free to leave it out if you are going for true, classic Big Mac taste.

Big Mac Salad Bowl Ingredients

The Big Mac burger at McDonald’s has two beef patties, onions, lettuce, cheese, sauce and pickles… on a sesame seed bun. This salad bowl version of the popular burger gained widespread popularity a couple years ago when it was touted as a low-carb alternative to the burger.

Big Mac Sauce is a proprietary secret recipe that belongs to McDonald’s, but Thousand Island Salad Dressing is a pretty close substitute!

Big Mac Salad Bowl Recipe

Check out the recipe – so simple!

Big Mac Salad Recipe HERO

Big Mac Salad Bowl Recipe

Enjoy this delicious salad bowl version of the popular Big Mac burger from McDonald's!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 8 oz lettuce chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef cooked, drained
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup pickles
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Thousand Island dressing


  • Gather all ingredients.
    Big Mac Salad Bowl Ingredients
  • Combine the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl: lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, tomatoes, ground beef.
    Big Mac Salad Ingredients in Bowl
  • Divide into 2 bowls and sprinkle each bowl with sesame seeds.
    Big Mac Salad Recipe HERO
  • Drizzle with salad dressing and enjoy.
Keyword salad

This is one of those salads that tastes as good as it looks!

Big Mac Salad Ingredients in Bowl

Make sure you check out our other recipes for some camping menu ideas.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know how it turned out for you! What are your favorite, go-to meals when traveling in your RV? Drop us a comment below and tell us! 


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