Why I Love This Recipe
What a delightful salad, thanks to The Pioneer Woman! Yummy! So, I've got a couple of "firsts" with this dish! It's the first time I've made homemade croutons and it's the first of weaning my family into eating healthier! They still had their meat and I didn't use the whole stick of butter the recipe calls for and it was a salad with no calorie filled dressing! All I am asking of them is to try eating better 2-3 times a week and they agree! WooHoo!
You've got to make sure to add the dill pickles (extra if you like) if you make this because I don't think it would be the same without them! The croutons were out of this world good too! It tasted like a loaded cheeseburger! Delicious!
Ingredients You'll Need
2 pounds Ground Beef
1/3 cup Ketchup
1 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
1 Tablespoon Dijon Or Spicy Mustard
2 Tablespoons Barbecue Sauce (I used more)
4 whole Hamburger Buns
1 stick Butter (I used less)
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
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.