Fresh Start Bariatric Cookbook: Healthy Recipes to Enjoy Favorite Foods After Weight-Loss Surgery

Herbed Chicken Salad with Parsley


Many people find it difficult to include flavorful foods initially after surgery and get bored with eating protein shakes, cottage cheese, and yogurt. Meat is the most protein-dense of all foods, yet initially after surgery many steer away from eating meat because it’s extremely filling and dense. Serving meat with a moist sauce can help make it easier to digest. Most chicken salads are laden with high-calorie mayonnaise, but this recipe is packed with herbs, seasonings, and Greek yogurt to give a creamy and tasty finished product.

2 tablespoons low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon dried onion flakes

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1½ cups diced cooked chicken or 1 (12.5-ounce) can chicken breast

Freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 In a medium bowl, mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, onion flakes, mustard, oregano, and garlic powder until well combined.

2 Add the chicken to the bowl, season with pepper, and mix until everything is well combined and all the chicken is coated. Stir in the parsley.

3 Serve right away or cover and refrigerate overnight to improve the flavors.

Per Serving (¼ cup): Calories: 84 Total fat: 2g Sodium: 43mg Total carbs: 1g Sugar: 0g Fiber: 0g Protein: 16g

Post-Op Servings

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