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Macro-Friendly Big Mac Pasta Salad

published: March 12, 2024

updated: March 12, 2024

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Our Big Mac Pasta Salad is going to be your new favorite way to eat pasta salad! This high-protein, loaded salad has all the fixings you love about a Big Mac, tossed in protein-packed pasta, and a creamy dressing to deliver a flavor explosion in every bite.

If you're a pasta salad lover like me, you have to try our High-Protein Italian Chicken Pasta Salad, Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, and BLT Pasta Salad! Each of these salads are perfect for quick weeknight meals, meal-prepped lunches, and even feeding a crowd.

3 Reasons Why You'll Love This Recipe

  1. It gives major Big Mac vibes without the calories. While eating a real Big Mac every day might not be conducive to hitting your macros or weight loss goals, our Big Mac Pasta Salad is! This macro-balanced recipe is the perfect way to crush your cravings while keeping your goals in check.
  2. Meal prep-friendly. This recipe is so easy to throw together, divide into individual containers and enjoy all week. Plus, this is the kind of dish that tastes better the more time it has the chance to marinate in all the delicious flavors it offers.
  3. Family-friendly. Most kids and adults alike can agree on burgers, so it's no surprise that this Big Mac Pasta Salad is a family-friendly hit! Everyone will enjoy this dish.

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Macro-Friendly Big Mac Pasta Salad

Our Big Mac Pasta Salad is going to be your new favorite way to eat pasta salad! This high-protein, loaded salad has all the fixings you love about a Big Mac, tossed in protein-packed pasta, and a creamy dressing to deliver a flavor explosion in every bite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 390 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Pot
  • 3 Cooking spoons or spatulas
  • 1 Veggie chopper or cutting board + knife
  • 1 Large mixing bowl with lid

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. Lean ground beef We used 93/7
  • 1 tbsp. Burger seasoning
  • 1 box Barilla Protein Plus rotini pasta or pasta of your choice
  • 1 Medium onion, chopped
  • 4 Dill pickle spears, chopped
  • 1 cup Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Fat-free Thousand Island dressing

Instructions
 

  • Add ground beef to a large skillet over medium heat. Add burger seasoning and cook until no longer pink, about 7-8 minutes. Drain excess liquid, set aside to cool.
  • While ground beef is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse, set aside to cool.
  • Chop onions and pickles.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients (beef, pasta, onions, pickles, cheddar cheese, and dressing.)
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Serve with additional dressing on top if desired, enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 330gCalories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 27gFat: 11g
Keyword Pasta Salad
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About the author, Tami Smith

Hi, I'm Tami, a certified macro coach, nutritionist and personal trainer! I love creating and sharing quick and easy macro-friendly recipes, and working out in my garage gym!

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