Nightshade Free Salsa! (AIP Salsa)

We were invited to a BBQ this weekend. While I haven't started my Whole30 yet, I still have a few food rules I never break. I always, always avoid nightshades

What are nightshades? 

Nightshades are a family of plants (Solanaceae) that include:

  • potatoes
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • tomatillos
  • eggplant
  • goji berries
These plants contain a toxin that can cause joint pain and inflammation in people who are sensitive to it. Most people with autoimmune conditions notice a decrease in pain and inflammation when removing these foods from their diet.

 For me, it was a huge step forward in healing when I discovered I was sensitive to nightshades. 

So back to our BBQ and my dilemma. My hubby was asked to make his amazing salsa. Not wanting to miss out or feel deprived, I decided to try making my own nightshade free salsa. 

Here is the winning result.

Nightshade free Salsa (AIP Salsa)

  • 1 Mango
  • 1/2 medium Red Onion
  • 7-8 Radishes (depending on size and how spicy you want your salsa to be)
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1/2 medium Jicama
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt to taste

Chop mango, red onion, radishes, cilantro and jicama. 
Add minced garlic, lime juice and salt to mixture. 
Let mixture sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or over night!



Rebekah Masse said...

This is amazing!! I wish I had found this sooner! Do you know how long this keeps? Or if you could freeze it?

Megan Reed said...

I'm so glad you like it!! It definitely filled a void in my life! I would say it lasts about a week in the fridge. I have never tried to freeze it, but please let me know if that works for you!
I'm always reading about fermented salsa and I want to try it with this recipe. It would last a lot longer fermented.

Rebekah Masse said...

I always end up eating all of it before it goes bad lol. It's just so good! I will come back and let you know if I end up trying the freeze.

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Unknown said...

Im intolerant to radishes can i use jalapenos in their place?

Megan Reed said...

You could absolutely use jalapeƱos if you tolerate them. The point of this recipe though is to exclude all night shades since they can cause inflammation.

Katie Short said...

I had no onion or jicama, and made just a little bit with one radish and about a quarter cup of mango. I WISH I'D MADE MORE! I grated the radish and garlic, because it's easier for me than chopping. Ate it on beef "burgers" alongside sweet potato "fries" with sea salt and lime, and some steamed broccoli. Best meal I've had since starting AIP! Thank you.

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