BLT Bunless Burger Salad

Hi friends! I'm here to share an easy dish to make for a quick lunch or dinner. There's really no "recipe", which is nice. It's a low carb alternative to your hamburger on a bun. A burger salad. Yes. Weird, I know. But it WORKS.

Burger patties are one of the easiest meats to prep for the week. 1-2 pounds of lean beef/turkey/bison/lamb/elk/chicken/veggie patties/whatever your choice of meat will make anywhere from 4-8 patties. trying to get more protein in? Try this little "meat snack hack" out.

Because let's be honest, protein is usually the most lacking macronutrient compared to fats and carbs for the average human...it's HARD to get alllll of your protein in without carbs and fats creeping up along the way. "Meat Snacks" with some mustard or salsa to go along with, have helped me tremendously.

Another hack I use when trying to cut/watch carbs is...turn everything into a salad! I know what some of you are thinking when you hear the word salad: rabbit food. Lettuce and more lettuce. Raw veggies. Blah. News flash: salads are like a blank canvas. You really can get super creative with flavor combos, dressings, and fun delicious & nutritious toppings. My personal definition of a salad is: a bowl with a base of some leafy green (raw OR steamed) + whatever my heart desires. No limits.

Dressings. Make your own! They are expensive to buy if you're wanting the healthiest version. I am OBSESSED with Primal Kitchens Ranch. Really their whole line is incredible. That's what I have drizzled on the top of my BBLT Salad. There are countless healthy brands on the shelves, but if you're looking to save some $$, make your own. All you need is oil, vinegar, citrus, and herbs to start. From there you can really create any flavor profile you want. I'm working on some creamy bars dressings with my w30 mayo, so be on the look out in upcoming weeks for that. In the meantime, Pinterest and Google are your bff.

Some ideas in WHAT to put in your salad to keep macros balanced: Pick a protein: poultry, beef, seafood, veggie pattie, Tofu, bacon, prosciutto, nitrate free deli meatsPick some fats: avocado, cheeses (nut and dairy), oils, pesto, dressings (I love to use lemon/lime juice to save some cals!!!), superfoods (chia, hemp, coconut), nuts, seeds, butters, olivesPick some fiber dense carb sources (most of these also include a good amount of protein) : legumes, beans, quinoa, cous cous, lentils, sweet potato cubes, corn, chick peas, FRUITS!! Remember -- portion control. Go ham on the veggies: ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, radishes, broccolini, brussels, herbs (take it to the ultimate flavor level), carrots, microgreens, etc.!
I challenge you to say hello to more veggies on your plate this summer. I know I am!

The "recipe" for my BBLT Burger Salad

- 5 oz Bison patty
- 3-4 leaves of red leaf lettuce
- 1/6 small red onion
- 1 medium vine ripe tomato
- 1 slice hardwood smoked bacon
- 2 TBSP Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing
-a few peppers because I like a kick!