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Ground beef salad with garlic-oregano vinaigrette

The ground beef salad with garlic-oregano vinaigrette is a light, yet filling meal salad with great flavors from caramelized onions, loads of garlic, oregano and a nice touch of tangy apple cider vinegar. 
Servings 2


Ground beef

  • Ghee or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb / 225 g ground beef (you can use ground chicken too)
  • 4 C / 600 g yellow onions, finely diced
  • Season to taste with fine grain pink Himalayan salt or sea salt, fine ground black pepper, garlic powder, a pinch of red chili flakes and lemon juice


  • 4 C / 1 L (loosely packed) leafy greens (lettuce mix, arugula, baby spinach, etc.)
  • 2 small/medium zucchini, cut Julienne or spiralized
  • 1 large carrot, cut Julienne or spiralized

Garlic-oregano vinaigrette

  • 1 C / 250 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 C / 125 ml mild-tasting extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tsp dried oregano
  • Fine grain pink Himalayan salt or sea salt to taste


Ground beef

  • Heat a large deep pan (I use a sauté pan) over medium/high heat and add some ghee or olive oil.
  • Sautée onions until brown, caramelized and slightly crispy – this typically takes 15-20 minutes. Stir often. Turn down the heat some, if the onions start to burn.
  • Add ground beef and brown thoroughly. 
  • Add a little bit of all the seasonings. 
  • Let the beef cook through.
  • Season to taste - don't go to heavy on the garlic, since there'll be a lot of garlic flavor in the vinaigrette. 

Garlic-oregano vinaigrette

  • Combine everything in a mason jar and shake together (...and really shake it!).
  • Season to taste.

Assemble the salad

  • Make a bed of leafy greens and Julienne'd veggies, arrange the ground beef on top and pour over the garlic-oregano vinaigrette (you'll have leftover vinaigrette, store as described below).
  • Enjoy!


  • The ground beef stores well in the fridge for 4-5 days and freezes well too. 
  • The salad ingredients store well in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • The vinaigrette stores well in the fridge for about a week. If it separates a bit, just shake together before using. 
  • All in all a very food prep / meal prep friendly dish too!