Since its incorporation in 1955, McDonald's Corporation has not only become the world's largest quick-service restaurant organization, but has literally changed Americans' eating habits--and increasingly the habits of non-Americans as well. On an average day, more than 46 million people eat at one of the company's more than 31,000 restaurants, which are located in 119 countries on six continents. About 9,000 of the restaurants are company owned and operated; the remainder are run either by franchisees or through joint ventures with local businesspeople. In 1954 Ray Kroc, a seller of Multimixer milkshake machines, learned that brothers Richard and Maurice (Dick and Mac) McDonald were using eight of his high-tech Multimixers in their San Bernardino, California, restaurant. His curiosity was piqued, and he went to San Bernardino to take a look at the McDonalds' restaurant.




Big Mac Salad

Inspired by McDonald's Restaurant

Serves 8-10

8 slices white bread
1 -1 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Toast all eight pieces of bread until just lightly golden-brown. Let cool and cut into cubes; set aside.

Brown and drain the extra lean ground beef. Let cool. In a large bowl, combine the cooked and cooled ground beef, toasted bread cubes,finely chopped onions, shredded lettuce and cheese; toss well. Place in a large salad/serving bowl.

In a separate small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. You can either leave it drizzled or toss everything to evenly coat salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


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