As part of my quest to become Healthy and Well in 2012, I have decided to try and cook more. It's not that I can't cook, it's just that I really don't care to that much. Luckily, David is on board with our healthier eating and has been helping me in the kitchen by keeping the dishes from piling up.I found this recipe for Cheeseburger Salad on the Pioneer Woman's website. I am trying to form 2 new healthy habits and one of them is to eat more color. When I saw the photo for this salad I thought "you can't get much more colorful than that!" My photo does not do it justice.

So, here is the official recipe: (If you want a printable version CLICK HERE)


  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Or Spicy Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Barbecue Sauce
  • 4 whole Hamburger Buns
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 2 heads Romaine Or Green-Leaf Lettuce, Torn
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 whole Roma Tomatoes, Diced
  • 8 whole Dill Pickle Spears, Cubed
  • 1 whole Red Onion, Sliced

Preparation Instructions

(Adapted from The Pampered Chef.)

Brown meat in a large skillet over medium heat. Then remove it from the heat and drain off the fat. Add ketchup, mustards and barbecue sauce to the meat and stir to combine. Taste and add more of whatever you think it needs. Keep warm.

Cut hamburger buns into 1-inch cubes. Melt 1/4 stick of butter in a separate skillet over low heat, then add the bread cubes and toss to coat. Toast the croutons in the skillet over low heat for about 10 -12 minutes, adding 1/4 stick of butter every couple of minutes until you've used the whole stick. (This will ensure all the croutons soak up the butter and toast nicely.)

To assemble each salad, pile torn lettuce on a plate. Pile on a good quantity of the meat mixture, then top with plenty of grated cheddar. Add diced tomato, chunks of pickles and slices of red onion over the top. Then sprinkle warm croutons all around the plate.

Again, it was super easy to make. The homemade croutons taste like a toasted hamburger bun (which of course technically they are). I asked David what he thought and he said "It's good but wouldn't it have just been easier to make a cheeseburger?" MEN!

If you have any healthy recipes you want to share, please email me.