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Strawberry Salsa. A Nightshade Free Salsa

strawberry salsa lectin free

Spring is here and with it our beloved berries. If you, like me, are sensitive to nightshades and lectins and think you can’t have a vibrant and delicious salsa anymore, fear not. If you ask me, this strawberry salsa is even more vibrant and delicious than tomato salsa. It is an easy nightshade-free salsa.

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

I’ve been sharing this nightshade-free strawberry salsa recipe on my Instagram several times previously. But I think is time now to have a recipe here on the website, even though it’s the easiest and simplest thing to make. Plus, with the coming of spring, we get to enjoy seasonal strawberries. So this is the perfect time to share the recipe.

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

Strawberries and raspberries have a similar taste profile as tomatoes and even a 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.

Only buy organic strawberries

As with anything, using high-quality ingredients is essential. Only buy organic strawberries, as the conventional ones are loaded with pesticides.

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I made this nightshade-free salsa for tacos, my husband loves it and he couldn’t believe it. Strawberries are so perfect for making salsa. Last night we had it with steak tacos and it was divine. Use the salsa with my grain-free tortilla and plantain chips:

And for another salsa recipe, you may like my Lectin-Free Avocado Salsa.

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Strawberry Salsa

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Your perfect replacement for tomato salsa.


  • 4 big strawberries (or 6-7 if they are smaller)
  • 3 tbsp 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 tbsp extra virgin olive oil



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.


Serve with tacos.

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    Judi Bola Online
    July 28, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment
    is added I get three emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

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      July 31, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Judi, I can’t do anything from my side, you need to go back and unsubscribe. I’m sorry, I know it can be annoying to receive countless notifications. xx

  • Reply
    October 18, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Claudia, I love salsa and eat it often. As I’ve been working on eliminating or reducing lectins, I found this recipe, tried it, and love it! In addition, I made a 2nd batch and added a diced avocado and peeled, de-seeded serrano, and it is now my favorite snack to eat right out of the bowl!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2022 at 5:25 am

      Hi Kerry, I’m so happy to hear that. I almost forgot about this recipe, but now I feel like trying it again. Thank you for your feedback; I really appreciate it. xx

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