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Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

This spectacular salad, the Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger, was stolen – or at least the idea of it was. This is my version of a Taphouse Salad, inspired by a beer pub in Sioux Falls, Taphouse 41. First of all, I never would have thought to order such a thing – my Dad did. Then I salivated over his meal while I ate mine. Bless his heart, he did give me a little tidbit here and there.

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger
Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

The Taphouse calls this a “Hamburger Salad.” Sounds a little iffy, huh? I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Then it came and it was a mess of Spring Greens with roasted tomatoes, apple, brie, mushrooms and a Sorghum Vinaigrette – the surprise was a gorgeous little “smash-style” burger hidden under it all, soaking up all the flavors.

About Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger:

So, of course, the next few times we went, I ordered the salad myself and tried to memorize the tastes, and questioned the waiter, too. Turns out the chef is quite proud of his dressing – and with good reason. As far as I can tell, he should be proud of everything there! Stop in if you’re in the area.

I went just a bit less sweet with my Sorghum Vinaigrette. You have to try that dressing, it’s gobsmacking good. I made a few other little changes: Goat Cheese instead of Brie and came up with my own Oven Roasted Tomatoes. I know I’ll be making versions of this salad for a long time to come. Maybe with pears, maybe with a few of my candied pecans instead of mushrooms.

One of the things I really like about this meal is it can satisfy so many people with different diets. Serving carnivores? Well, they’re happy with the burger, and it’s nothing to toss it on a bun and serve the salad as a side. Vegetarians can go sans burger – there’s enough heft to the salad with the cheese and mushrooms to carry someone over. And of course, served as is, it’s a great low carb meal – just watch the dressing.

Copycat Smashburger Home Style
Copycat Smashburger Home Style
Making Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger:

The Taphouse Salad has a lot of ingredients, and most of those have their own special touches. Luckily, most of it can be made ahead. The Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette, the Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and the Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Onions can be ready to go when you’re ready to make the salad. You’ll just have to heat up the Pan Roasted Mushrooms and the Smash-Style burgers cook incredibly fast.

The Slow Roasted Tomatoes in the Taphouse Salad are really slow roasted and you’ll need to plan ahead. They roast in the oven for six to eight hours at 200 degrees. And they are absolutely incredible and worth every single minute of time. You’ll want to make a whole sheet pan of them just to maximize your time.

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger
Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger
Saving Money on Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger:

As far as bringing this in on a budget, here’s a case where I opted to use a Spring Salad Mix – if you have a great store where you can mix and match your salad greens, you’ll likely pay much less. If not, think about making this when there’s a great special.

The prepackaged mixes generally go for anywhere between four and 10 times the cost of buying lettuce by the head. Don’t forget to watch for specials and use a coupon, if possible, on the goat cheese, while you’re at it. I often find buy one get one free specials on what I call “near deli” cheese.

I do buy ground beef in the larger packages when it’s on sale and freeze it in smaller portions for the family. I have found for burgers, whenever possible, use ground beef that hasn’t been frozen, and use at least the 80/20, not a lean ground beef. It really does make a difference.

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger
Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette Drizzled over Smashburger in Taphouse Salad
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Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms & Smashburger

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

This Taphouse Salad is spectacular. Each component shines. Plan ahead for the slow roasted tomatoes, they take 6 to 8 hours. Once you have them, and the Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette, you can have this salad on the table in about 30 minutes.

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Notes

The recipe, here, is basically just assembly. Add burger to plate, top with greens. Add tomatoes, apple, and mushrooms each, respectively, to a corner of the plate. Top with goat cheese and drizzle with vinaigrette…

Here are all the components of the Taphouse Salad:

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I’ll be bringing my Taphouse Salad over to Throwback Thursday, Quinn of Dad What’s 4 Dinner and  Alli from Tornadough host this blogging extravaganza.

I’ll also be bringing this salad to Fiesta Friday 91, put on by Angie of the Novice Gardener. The hosts this week are hosts this week are Juju @ cookingwithauntjuju and Indira @ I’ll Cook, You Wash.

This is also my first time linking to Saucy Saturdays – a food and craft link party! Saucy Saturdays chose The Taphouse Salad as one of their features, and also chose it as an outstanding recipe of the year! Thank you guys!

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This spectacular salad, the Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger, was stolen. Inspired by a beer pub in Sioux Falls, Taphouse 41.  I would never have thought to order such a thing - my Dad did. Then I salivated over his meal. A mess of greens, a Smashburger, oven roasted tomatoes, pan roasted mushroom, and Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette #TaphouseSalad #SmashburgerSalad

14 Comments on “Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms & Smashburger

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  5. OMG this is seriously yum. It’s making me want to have roasted tomatoes and pan fried mushrooms and onions in my fridge at all times. And I can’t wait to try that vinaigrette. Thanks for linking up to #SaucySaturdays.

    • To tell the truth, I thought my Dad was nuts when he ordered “hamburger salad.” I pictured a whole different thing – ice-berg lettuce, maybe pickles!

  6. This looks fantastic! I love when salads are healthy but still manage to have a bit of “weight” to them. It’s great that you were able to replicate it from the restaurant as well. I usually inhale the food and I get home, I remember that I should have paid a little more attention to the meal Lol. I kind of want to enjoy this salad with a beer as well. Happy FF!

    • Thanks! We really did enjoy it at the restaurant, and then I went back a second time – then still wanted it! They said they had a couple who comes in every week and orders it – I thought that was so sweet.

      My dad had a Pear Ale with his – but I think it would go really well with almost anything!

  7. This salad sounds phenomenal. I love when you become inspired at a restaurant, and sometimes chefs are so nice to give you recipes too. Additionally, the richness of the colors and flavors in this dish are amazing. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend! 😀

    • Kaila, I so often have lackluster experiences at restaurants, but I left this place thinking “wow!” To find this as a beer and burger joint in the Midwest?! I actually told my Pops how inspiring it was…Thanks for all the compliments – it truly is a phenomenal salad.

  8. This is a first for me with this salad and the burger is underneath it! Where do chefs get their ideas? The salad looks delicious and sounds like the bar is a fun place to go and eat. Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂

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