Fresh Strawberry Salsa (Paleo, Vegan)

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If you are sensitive to nightshades and lectins and think you can’t have a vibrant and delicious salsa anymore, fear not. This strawberry salsa is even more vibrant and delicious than a tomato salsa.

 

No nightshades? No problem. Strawberry salsa is even better.

I started to use berries – strawberries and raspberries – in savory dishes when I realized I want my food to have a touch of red, in the absence of tomatoes. Colors are important to me when I make a meal, and I think there reasons for that, beyond aesthetics.

Strawberries and raspberries have a similar taste profile as tomatoes and even similar texture. They add that perfect balance of sweetness and acidity that we usually need in a salsa. The rest of the ingredients are fresh cilantro, red onion, lime, salt and pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. You can add a touch of cayenne or sriracha if you feel you want something spicy, but I prefer to add sriracha separately and let the strawberries shine.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This salsa is perfect for those looking to reduce inflammation. Tomatoes are classified as "nightshade" vegetables, which have been linked to increasing inflammation. Replacing the tomatoes, which are typically in salsa, with strawberries eliminates this inflammatory ingredient. Additionally, cilantro and onion also have anti-inflammatory properties. With such simple and fresh ingredients this salsa is a must try!

By Camryn Goldstein

Fresh Strawberry Salsa (Paleo, Vegan)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time:
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

4 big strawberries (or 6-7 if they are smaller)
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
a handful of fresh chopped cilantro
about 1/2 lime, juice
salt (use a finishing salt, a good quality one)
pepper
about 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Taste and season, taste and season, until you reach your desired taste. I like to refrigerate for about 15-30 minutes before eating, it’s not necessary but will give some time for the flavors to infuse.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Taste and season, taste and season, until you reach your desired taste. I like to refrigerate for about 15-30 minutes before eating, it’s not necessary but will give some time for the flavors to infuse.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 67; Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 36 mg; Potassium: 107 mg; Carbohydrate: 5 g; Fiber: 1 g; Sugar: 3 g; Protein: 0 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 56%; Vitamin A: 2%; Iron: 1%; Calcium: 1%

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