Greek Salad Bites

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Nothing is the same after a cancer diagnosis, including your relationship with food. Registered dietitian Geneviève Nadeau wrote Bien manger pendant et après un cancer (Eating Well During and After Cancer, 2011) to help patients find new eating strategies.  “After losing my mother to cancer,” she says, “I wanted to give people hope that they can still live well both during treatment and recovery.” The key to putting zip into your diet? Choose foods that can help relieve treatment side effects and give you a nutritional boost.

Greek Salad Bites

Good for Dry mouth, undernourishment, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite, nauseaGreek Salad Bites

Not good for Vomiting, inflamed mouth, diarrhea

Makes: 15 bites Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: None


½ red onion, chopped

1 tomato cut into wedges, seeds removed

125 mL (½ cup) plain yogurt (at least 2% fat*)

10 green olives, pitted

5 thick (½-inch or 1.5 cm) slices of cucumber, not peeled and seeds removed

5 mL (1 tsp) of fresh or dried thyme

5mL (1 tsp) of fresh or dried oregano

15 mL (1 tbsp) olive oil

10 mL (2 tsp) red wine vinegar

Black pepper to taste

15 small crackers (use pita bread or a torn tortilla for a soft or tender texture)

* To increase your protein intake substitute with Greek yogurt, which has 18 to 20 g per serving.


1. Put all of the ingredients except for the crackers in a food processor and pulse until they’re mixed but not puréed.

2. Pour the mixture into a colander lined with paper towels. The towels will absorb the excess water.

3. Drop a spoonful of the mixture onto each cracker.


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