No matter how healthy you eat on a daily basis…. When you live in California, you eat at In-N-Out on occasion! For those of you not “in the know”, there is a process to ordering your meal at In-N-Out. The menu has 3 options: Hamburger, Cheeseburger and Double-Double (2 patties), Aside from fries and fountain drinks, that’s all that is posted on the menu. BUT… there is a “secret” menu and specific terminology when it comes time to order. Two of the most popular are “animal style” (includes grilled chopped onions, pickles and mustard) and “protein style” (a burger without the bun and wrapped in an iceberg lettuce leaf instead). Lots of people who eat low carb diets order “protein style” and it is not at all uncommon to see people eating burgers with a lettuce instead of a bun. In-N-Out also has a “spread” that is very similar to Thousand Island salad dressing… the spread and “protein style” gave me the idea to calculate a salad using the same ingredients and flavors. For older kids and adults, a small hamburger patty wrapped in lettuce would be a great option to bring with you. On average, a hamburger patty at In-N-Out weigh about 30g, a lettuce wrap in place of the bun weighs about 65g (I have gotten as little as 30g and needed to ask for more) and 2 slices of tomato is about 30-40g. Here are links tot he main In-N-Out Burger website, the nutrition information (some of you may be able to actually order right off the menu!) and a link to a post detailing the “secret menu” (make sure you click the slide show) because there are even more options than what they tell you on the In-N-Out website!
Makes 1 serving
70g iceberg lettuce
25g 85% ground beef, cooked (I roll tiny meatballs and pan fry them. I store them in the freezer)
20g mayonnaise, Hellmann’s
9g coconut oil (I think they add sweetener to the “spread”. The coconut oil adds a little sweet flavor instead of using an oil like olive. But, use whatever you would like!)
5g tomato puree, canned (you could use sugar-free ketchup as well)
Chop or shred the lettuce. Top with the meat and pickles.
Mix the mayonnaise, coconut oil, relish and tomato puree together to make the dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the dressing with the salad and enjoy! (Ask for a free water while you’re at it!)
You could add tomatoes or chopped hot chilies if you would like.
The dressing can hold more oil if needed to increase the ratio.