Salsa Verde

July 31, 2019lectinfreemama
Lectin-free green salsa with fresh parsley

When you start the Plant Paradox, salsa becomes a thing of the past. Those who like spicy food may be able to satisfy the craving with fermented hot sauce (which is compliant). But for former lovers of pico de gallo, there’s nothing quite like that chunky tomato goodness. Except for salsa verde.

A bowl of lectin-free salsa verde with drizzled extra-virgin olive oil and fresh parsley.
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I was always a fan of the green salsa. Back when I used to eat Taco Bell, I’d ask for like 5 packets of salsa verde (per taco), and I think I shed a tear or two when they discontinued it. Someone will have to tell me if they ever brought it back (just kidding, don’t tempt me).

Taking a hint from the parsley as big as a bush in my garden, I devised a 100% lectin-free recipe for salsa verde. And it even has some hidden omega-3 in it from a surprise ingredient!

Italian/Mexican Fusion?

There are two versions of salsa verde: the Italian one with parsley, anchovies, capers, garlic, and olive oil; and the Mexican one with cilantro and parsley, garlic, and hot peppers. I chose to split the difference and a make a “fusion” version, because I’m adventurous….or I have weird taste (there’s a substitution idea for those feeling non-adventurous).

How do you make salsa verde lectin-free?

You need fresh green herbs for a lectin-free salsa verde, preferably right from your backyard. I used a mix of parsley and cilantro for this, but it would work to do all one or the other, too. I included other green things–green onions, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and zest. Even the olive oil has a green tinge. This salsa lives up to its name without the tomatillos.

Sardine

It wouldn’t be a Plant Paradox green salsa without something in it to boost our omega-3 fatty acids. The secret ingredient? A sardine! Make sure they are wild-caught sardines packed in water or olive oil, like this brand. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or not feeling the fusion, you can substitute with 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast flakes or half of a small avocado.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

For the oil, use quality EVOO that’s been tested for quality by the North American Olive Oil Association, like this brand.

Fermented Hot Sauce

Believe it or not, hot sauce is compliant on a lectin-free diet, as long as it’s fermented (fermentation is the most effective method of denaturing lectins). This is an optional ingredient, but if you like it spicy, make sure there’s no lectins lurking. This brand is terrific!

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What to Serve it With

Salsa verde can dress up any ol’ dish with its green spiciness. These are my favorite recipes to throw it on:

Recipe for Salsa Verde

Plant Paradox compliant salsa verde with drizzled olive oil and fresh parsley.

TOTAL TIME 15 MINUTES SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

Pulse the parsley, cilantro, lime zest and juice, sardine, garlic, hot sauce, and olive oil in a food processor until desired chunkiness. Season with salt to taste. Stores in the fridge up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

*Vegans and vegetarians, sub 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes or 1/2 small avocado.

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Salsa Verde

Lectin-free salsa verde made with fresh herbs and other green things.

Course Appetizer, Sauces, Snack
Cuisine Mexican, phase 2
Keyword dips, herbs, salsa
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author lectinfreemama

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro loosely packed
  • 1 cup fresh parsley loosely packed
  • 1 lime zest and juice
  • 1 sardine fillet*
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fermented hot sauce optional
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. PULSE the parsley, cilantro, lime zest and juice, sardine, garlic, hot sauce, and olive oil in a food processor until desired chunkiness. Season with salt to taste.

Recipe Notes

*Vegans and vegetarians sub 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes or 1/2 small avocado.

Stores in the fridge up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

2 Comments

  • Paul

    August 3, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Dr. Gundry is good, but this site is amazing!

    1. Autumn.m.boyle@gmail.com

      August 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Hope you like the salsa!

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