Simple Turkey Burger Salad
This Simple Turkey Burger Salad recipe is perfect if you are counting carbs, or want a lighter meal. I love turkey burgers, but I don’t like eating them in a lettuce wrap. It gets greasy and drippy, and it’s hard to add all the toppings. So I thought why not put the lettuce on the bottom, add all the toppings I want and just eat it with a fork. This way every bite is like the burger, but you get to use a fork so it’s clean and easy. This recipe is low carb, keto, paleo and whole 30 friendly!
I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. Hopefully, we took a moment to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy our freedoms. My little brother is in the Army, and I miss him tons. This past weekend was supposed to be his wedding, which got postponed due to Corona. And today, Dave and I just officially postponed our wedding. 2020 was supposed to be a crazy year wedding wise. We had seven, not including our own. But all of that has changed, given the current pandemic. Looks like 2021 is shaping up to the insane wedding year!
This pandemic has been the ultimate reminder that you never know what life is going to throw at you, and the best thing you can be is adaptable. Learning to be flexible, is crucial when making plans, and as I am learning, just as important in dieting. My new favorite quote is striving for progress, not perfection. I am done by depriving myself and then feeling guilty for giving in to temptation after I essentially set myself up for failure. Life is all about that flexibility. Having a cookie or a piece of cake everyone once a while, sure beats the alternative of not having anything for two months straight, then feeling like such a failure I completely give up and eat nothing but garbage for two months. Just another important lesson this pandemic has taught me. #silverlining
When You Can’t Decide Have Both 🙂
When you don’t know what you want, why not have both? That’s my general motto! Can’t decide between a burger and salad? Then have this Simple Turkey Burger Salad. As I said above, I love turkey burgers, but I hate having them in lettuce wraps. When you’re trying to go low carb or avoiding grains, there aren’t many options. Although if you’re just gluten free I highly recommend Udi’s Gluten Free Buns. But if you are avoiding grains or carbs, this salad option is perfect.
I like to add all the toppings I would add to a traditional burger to this recipe, so that it is literally a burger in a bowl. I mean ALL the toppings, grilled onions, tomato, avocado, pickles, if I had bacon, I would have totally added that too. I used to love cheese, and would only eat burgers if they had cheese on them. But as I got older, I noticed every time I cut the dairy out, I felt so much better, and the second I bring it back, I feel disgusting. So I left the cheese off for this recipe, but if you’re Keto not Whole 30/Paleo it would be a great addition to this salad.
Nerdy Health Stuff
Sure, you’ve heard the phrase an apple day keeps the doctor away. But how about a salad day keeps disease and aging at bay. (1) Summer is here, and we all want to eat light, refreshing meals. So why not the refined carbs and turn to a salad. Salads have so many health benefits. For starters, vegetables are naturally packed with fiber! Did you know 95% of Americans don’t get enough fiber, and less than half of Americans get 50% of the daily recommended amount? Fiber is crucial for our health for so many reasons. Dave and I have started adding a side salad with our dinner every night! Except for nights like tonight when the salad is the actual dinner 🙂
The more veggies you have in your salad, the better. The colors of different vegetables signify which phytonutrients they have the most of, which also correlates to the specific health benefits that vegetable has in the most abundance. You can read about all the colors of each in my post, Eat the Rainbow Salad. You can make your salad even better for you by adding healthy fats. For this one, we added olive oil and avocado. Healthy fats are one of the most important components of a healthy diet. Fat is a source of essential fatty acids, which the body cannot make itself. They also help the body absorb vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. These vitamins are fat–soluble, which means they can only be absorbed with the help of fats.
Tips, Recs, Subs
- You can swap in a regular beef patty for turkey burger. I used Bubbas Burger sweet onion turkey burger.
- Lettuce – I used arugula because that is what we had on hand, but this recipe goes great with any lettuce.
- Toppings- Add your favorite burger toppings. I added onions, pickles, avocado, and tomatoes. But if you’re a mustard fan, or cheese fan and have no dietary restrictions toss those on top of this Simple Turkey Burger Salad!
- Dressing – Lately, I’ve been trying to really focus on gut health, so I just used apple cider vinegar and olive oil for my salad dressing. But Dave used Primal Kitchens Chipotle Ranch (Whole 30 & Paleo approved available here on Amazon.) And said it was absolutely delicious, but you can use any dressing that you want. Cesar dressing, ranch, you can even use ketchup and mustard if that’s your preference.
- Cooking the burger -I suggest you cook as per the instructions on the package. Grilling is a great option. But if you don’t have access to a grill, I use about a tablespoon of olive oil, and cook in my cast iron for 4-5 minutes on each side.
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Turkey Burger Salad Bowl
- 4 Cups Lettuce ( I used aragula)
- 2 Turkey Burgers Cooked
- 1 Avocado cut in half
- 1 Red Onion Chopped into strips
- 1 pint Cherry tomatoes cut in half
- Other optional toppings, pickles, cheese (for keto not Whole 30/Paleo), Low or No sugar ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Lemon Juiced
- Cook the turkey burger according to package instructions. I cook mine on med-high heat on a skillet covered for 4 minutes, then flip to the other side. Cook the onion, on med-high heat by adding to a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil, cook for 5 minutes.
- Split lettuce between two plates, add the burger on top, and all the salad toppings. Top with olive oil, and lemon juice or desired dressing of choice. Serve and enjoy.
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