Best Summer Salad EVER!!

My new go-to Best Summer Salad ever is this Bunless Cheeseburger Deluxe!

Okay – you may have ordered your burger with no bun in the past. Good for you for cutting some carbs, but this is sooooo much better!

What’s the difference??? – Homemade pickles, the mustard, ketchup, mayo – dressing, and SHREDDED ICEBERG LETTUCE. All things you’re probably missing when you just order your burger without a bun.

I know this sounds crazy, but even my husband said ‘ “Wow, this is really good!”

Start with cheeseburger basics:

  • Shredded iceberg lettuce – this is important, don’t try to get fancy with field greens – the sweetness, crunch and juiciness of the iceberg lettuce adds to the salad. Shredded insures a good mix of all ingredients. I buy the pre-shredded lettuce in the salad section at the grocery.
  • AMAZING pickles – I used homemade pickles from my friend Lynette – these are so good I’ve caught my husband eating then right out of the jar in the middle of the night.
  • Big slices of tomato.
  • Fresh sliced sweet onions – like Vidalia
  • Avocado – this is optional, but I never eat a burger without it! (Okay, never is a BIG word, but I add whenever I can.)
  • Burger patties – season them however you like.
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Cheese – I prefer the classic cheeseburger cheese – creamy, delicious American – Kraft Deli Deluxe is my favorite! It melts perfectly.
  • Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo dressing – this is your personal preference on quantity, my husband loves mustard wo we’re heavy on the Mustard – the key is to mix it all together really well.

Put it all together – layering matters! The perfect fork-full of this salad should include a little bit of everything.

Best Summer Salad step 1
Start with the shredded lettuce. Cut the tomato slices into quarters and layer on top of the lettuce.
Best Summer Salad step 2
Layer the sweet onion slices on top of the tomatoes.
Best Summer Salad step 3
Top the onions, tomatoes and lettuce with a generous amount of fresh ground black pepper.
Best Summer Salad step 4
Cut the pickle slices into bite sizes pieces and add them to the salad.
Best Summer Salad step 5
Add avocado or other ingredients you love on your cheese burgers.
Best Summer Salad step 6
Top the layered salad with you Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo mixture.
Best Summer Salad step 7

Final step – top with your flame broiled cheeseburger patty and another round of freshly ground black pepper.

Cut the burger patty into bite sized pieces and enjoy!

Both Park and I really enjoyed this simple salad. I hope you will too!

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below and tell me how you enjoyed and if/how you customized it to be your “perfect” cheesburger.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Robin Bennett on June 21, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    That would be a great meal with our temps running around 115 here in the AZ desert.

    • Tiffany_ Spaulding on June 21, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      If you try it let me know what you think. It sounds weird, but the iceberg lettuce really adds to this salad. Kind of “cool” – maybe it’s the term iceberg – LOL. Thanks so much for joining me and taking the time to comment.

  2. TM on June 25, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Love this. I topped mine with a veggie burger and it was AMAZING!

    • Tiffany_ Spaulding on June 27, 2021 at 1:27 am

      YUMMM – and even better for you. Did you use the Spicy Black Bean Burger or something else.

  3. Char on April 29, 2022 at 8:43 am

    Wellllll, hubs is allergic to tomatoes . . . and cannot eat onions . . . or pickles . . . or too much lettuce . . . Those issues are all health-related. Two appendectomies (yes, two – no, he did not have double appendicies/appendi-?) and a bout with colon cancer (HE WON!) and other health issues shortened the list of what he can eat without unpleasant repercussions!

    Then we have the picky eater issues – he won’t touch avocados . . . or mustard . . . or mayo . . . or pepper. Actually I don’t like pepper either – we don’t have it in the house. Except for some of those little packs that come with take-out meals. Those are just in case someone dining with us wants some. But I love the idea! I’ll come up with a variation . . .

    • Tiffany_ Spaulding on July 18, 2022 at 3:34 am

      Hi Char – let me know what you come up with – it will be a challenge! Thanks for visiting the blog. t.

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