Gastric Bypass Salad: No Salad Salad

Gastric Bypass Salad
Gastric Bypass Salad

Searching for a good gastric bypass salad for weight loss? After gastric bypass, there are some foods you’ll likely never tolerate the same way again.

For me, that was ice cream, cereal, and roughage – like lettuce, cabbage, or celery.

I really missed these at first, but now, not so much. When I scoop ice cream for others I’ll take a bite or two. But any more than that and I experience dumping.

There was real grief over never having a really good cereal binge again. But I learned that wasn’t good behaviors for fueling my body. And I’ve since replaced those destructive coping mechanisms with healthy self care instead.

And the result is a much smaller body.

Salads were so strange for me to give up, though. Because they are truly healthy foods. Except they aren’t, really.

Lettuce does have nutritional value. It just isn’t enough to compensate for the amount of room it takes up – which is perfect for the normal dieter. They should eat salad first to fill up the space in the stomach before eating their protein.

But for a weight loss surgery patient, even sleeve or lap-band, it doesn’t have enough nutritional value based on volume.

If you want to keep your hair, teeth, and organs healthy, you’ll need to be more picky about what you choose instead. That’s why you need a gastric bypass salad for weight loss, instead of just a normal one.

And that’s why the No Salad Salad is the perfect alternative. Especially to satisfy that weird craving for salad you’ll likely experience.

Gastric Bypass Salad: SUBSTITUTIONS & ADD INS

If you use ranch dressing to get your husband and kids to eat this, I won’t tell. Just don’t over do it.

It’s more important to get kids to appreciate eating vegetables as a regular part of their day instead of fighting over ranch dressing versus Italian dressing. Just make half of these with ranch for them, and half with oil based dressing for you.

But, you can also add Greek tzatziki sauce into the mix to get the same feeling of Ranch dressing without the calories.

Also, consider adding canned chicken and tuna. Or even flavored tuna in the pouches!

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Low carb keto friendly No Salad Salad

No Salad Salad

A delicious lunch option that packs in the veggies, and satisfies that salad craving, without the lettuce.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Keto, Low Carb
Servings 8
Calories 180 kcal


  • A Knife
  • A Vegetable Peeler
  • 8 of the Rubbermaid 2 Cup or 473 ML sized containers with lids


  • 4 regular cucumbers, peeled
  • 4 medium tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 large purple onion peeled
  • 1 16 oz bottle Newman's Own Light Italian Dressing or any oil based dressing


  • Peel the cucumbers and cut off the ends. Slice the Cucumbers down the middle, turn and slice again to make 4 spears. Starting at one end, chop into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • Put 1/2 a cucumber in each Rubbermaid container.
    Gastric Bypass Salad
  • Wash the tomatoes and remove from the vine. Cut each tomato in half, cut each half into halves, and roughly chop into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • Put 1/2 a tomato in each Rubbermaid container.
    Gastric Bypass Salad
  • Cut the onion in half. Cut the halves in half again, so there are 4 sections of onion. Cut those in half one more time so there are 8 even section of onion. It can be an over powering flavor, so you don't need as much as the others.
  • Dice the onion into small pieces. Add one of the 8 sections to each of the 8 containers.
  • Pour 1/4 of a cup of dressing into each of the containers.
  • Snap on the lid, and shake the contents to distribute evenly.
  • Put all 8 containers into the fridge to marinate until lunch tomorrow, or enjoy immediately.
  • The longer it sits, the better it gets.
Keyword gastric bypass approved, keto friendly, low carb, weight loss recipes, what to eat to lose weight


For most of my life I was overweight. In my 30s, I became morbidly obese, tipping the scales over 330 pounds. After trying and failing at every diet, I decided to get gastric bypass RNY weight loss surgery. Since 2016 I have been living a much healthier life, I hit my weight loss goals, but more importantly, understand weight loss now. I am determined to share what I now know.

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