Soft Mexican Chicken Salad

Steph Wagner

January 14, 2017

Soft Mexican Chicken Salad


Soft phase diet after bariatric surgery

This soft Mexican Chicken Salad would be approved for most soft post-bariatric surgery diet plans. Double check with your program guidelines but a great way to introduce texture and flavor as your diet progresses after Sleeve or Bypass! #bariatricsoft #weightlosssurgerysoftfood


Of course, every program is different so a soft recipe might mean something else at another program (nice and confusing) so as always be sure to refer back to your programs materials.

In my experience as a bariatric dietitian, once a patient is cleared for a softer textured protein, chicken salad without chunks is a great option as you learn small bites, eating slowly and stopping at the first sign of fullness.

This recipe is a more basic chicken salad with a Mexican flavored spin. Further into the healing diet you can use thicker chunks of chicken, salsa or bell peppers. It is simple to make which means  you aren’t putting a lot of time into something you cannot eat very much of!

You can, of course, increase how much you make but this recipe is a good learning recipe for the early phases of the soft protein diet. Congratulations on finishing your liquid diet!!!

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Soft Mexican Chicken Salad

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 cup canned chicken, drained
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning
  • 2 tsp juice from jarred salsa (no chunks)


  • Place canned chicken into a bowl. Use a fork to break chicken into smaller pieces. Add mayo and stir until well combined and soft.
  • Stir in taco seasoning and salsa juice. Serve.


Take small bites, pause in between bites and stop at the first sign of fullness.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Soft Mexican Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 585mg25%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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