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Avocado Chicken Caprese Salad Recipe: ObesityHelp



June 9, 2023

I love this Avocado Chicken Caprese Salad so much. Recently a friend from church had surgery and I signed up for the meal train. When they mentioned they were trying to focus on healthy meals, I knew this would be an easy recipe to make and package the ingredients individually so they can mix and enjoy!

(By the way, I got a thank you note saying it was really delicious!)

There are several ways to prepare this chicken. I used my Instant Pot® Chicken Pesto in just 15 minutes. This is the recipe I followed, then used my favorite Quick Shred tool from Pampered Chef (not an ad, I really love it). I also shredded the lettuce using their salad choppers.

I originally posted this bariatric-friendly recipe in 2013 and used a balsamic reduction to drizzle the top. It’s still highly recommended, but if you’re short on time (as I often do with young children…I didn’t have any in 2013), then a light balsamic vinaigrette is perfect!

Avocado Chicken Caprese Salad Recipe

Recipe of: Steph Wagner (Bariatric Food Coach)
Servings: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes; Cooking time: 20 minutes ; Total time: 30 mins


  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and torn
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • 6 oz fresh or cubed mozzarella pearls
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 3 tablespoons pesto Costco’s Kirklands brand is my favorite
  • 4 tablespoons light balsamic vinaigrette


  1. First choose how to prepare the chicken. If using a pressure cooker, add a can of chicken broth, chicken, and pesto to the pot. Put on high pressure for 4 minutes and let release naturally for 10 minutes. Can also use a slow cooker, grill, oven or air fryer. Coat the chicken with the pesto and use the cooking method you have chosen.
  2. Once the chicken is cooked, let it cool until it is able to handle and shred it.
  3. Assemble the salad by distributing the lettuce, mozzarella, avocado, tomatoes on plates. Add a chicken ball and drizzle with vinaigrette or serve on the side.


Nutritional values ​​are best calculated by measuring the food you plate, then subtracting whatever is left on your plate and putting it in your food diary. Salads vary greatly in serving size for post-surgery.

Nutrition information

calories 258; Carbohydrates 8 grams; Fat 14 grams; Protein 20 grams

Check out more from Steph of Bariatric Food Coach on ObesityHelp!

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Steph Wagner MS, RD/LD has worked as a dietitian and food coach for bariatric patients since 2009. She is the co-founder of Bariatricfoodcoach.com with her husband Kevin, a web developer. Together they created an extensive and user-friendly website and community for post-surgery patients. Steph has also published a cookbook “Best Fork Forward: Everyday Dinners After Weight-Los Surgery”. Read more articles from Steph!

Disclaimer: If you have specific dietary restrictions, allergies, or a nutritional plan that you are following, be sure to read the ingredient list before consumption. All information on ObesityHelp.com is for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to replace or replace consultation with a qualified healthcare professional. Please contact a healthcare professional with any questions or concerns.


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