Cheeseburger Salad


About this Recipe

When you never had digestive issues before bariatric surgery, it can be a complete turnaround when you can’t tolerate certain foods any longer once you’re post-op.

The “upside” of food intolerances is that it functions as a reason to stop eating certain foods that may not support your nutrition goals any longer. The “downside” is that you may develop a food intolerance against the nutritious foods too! 

We’re not villainizing bread (or carbs for that matter). But we have to be realistic. Bariatric surgery may cause digestive issues when eating starchy foods, like bread.

And that’s why we turned a traditional cheeseburger into this simple salad. 


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1 serving on 6-inch plate

Ready In:

20 minutes

Nutritional facts per 1/2 dish:

349 calories

28.6 protein

24.6 g fat

2.7 g carbs

1.2 g fiber




  • 1/6 lbs (75 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 lettuce leaves, chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halves
  • 1 small gherkin, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cheddar cheese, shredded

For the sauce:

  •  1 tbsp low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp vinegar


If you can’t tolerate ground beef, try ground turkey or ground chicken instead. And if you’re sensitive to lettuce, you may want to omit the greens altogether. Always adjust the portions and ingredients to your own needs and guidelines!

Instead of mayonnaise we’re making a sauce based on Greek yogurt. It’s higher in protein and lower in fat too! This salad tastes best when served immediately.  

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In a mixing bowl, add the ground beef and spices. Mix until well combined. 

Step 2

In a skillet, add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, about 15 minutes. 

Step 3

On a 6-inch plate (side plate or breakfast plate) add the lettuce, tomatoes and gherkins. 


Next, add the ground beef. Spread evenly on the plate.

Step 5

Top with shredded cheese and the Greek yogurt dressing. 

Step 6

Serve immediately after plating. Enjoy! 

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