AIP Salsa Verde (Nightshade Free)

AIP Salsa Verde (Nightshade Free)
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After my first autoimmune protocol elimination diet, I learned that nightshade plants are off-limits for me and with that delicious, fresh, chunky salsa. It’s been a few years but I finally nailed a beautiful and delicious AIP Salsa Verde. Nightshades include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and potatoes and for a lot of people can be the cause of much inflammation. While this salsa is free of tomatoes and peppers, it’s delicious, very inventive, and very satisfying.

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How do you make salsa without tomatoes or peppers?

You do it with a lot of creativity! For the green, the verde and the tomato replacement I used kiwi! Make sure they’re not too ripe or the salsa will be too sweet. Kiwi has a wonderful texture and it feels and looks like green tomato in this nightshade free AIP Salsa Verde! Capers add umami and horseradish adds some heat.

Nightshade Free Salsa Ingredients

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  • Kiwi our tomato substitute and lends great texture and flavor to our AIP Salsa Verde base.
  • Red onion gives this salsa color variety and brunch!
  • Capers lend umami and salty flavor which brings this Salsa Verde flavor home!
  • Horseradish is our nightshade-free spicy secret weapon. Get fresh horseradish and use a Microplane to grate 2-3 teaspoons. You can use prepared horseradish too!
  • Ground ginger also adds some spice to this salsa verde.
  • I have a Cuisinart 14 cup food processor, it’s a workhorse!

Super Easy AIP Salsa

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Dice your red onion, peel and kiwi, trim your cilantro, peel your garlic. Put everything in the food processor. Juice the lemons over everything.

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Just pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and serve. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

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Frequently Asked Question

Can you use white onion instead or red onion?

Yes, I think sweet onion would be best.

Can I used limes instead of lemons?

Yes, use 4. You could also use red wine vinegar if you can’t do citrus.

If you’re not a cilantro person….

You can use parsley!

What if I don’t have a food processor?

You can finely chop everything with a knife! Or pulse in your blender.

What do I serve it with?

Cassava flour tortillas, over pulled pork in a taco bowl. Make AIP Salsa Verde Chicken!

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AIP Salsa Verde (Nightshade Free)

  • Author: Cristina Curp, FNTP
  • Prep Time: 15 mintues
  • Total Time: 6 minute
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Category: Salsa
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: AIP
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A delicious and fresh salsa that’s AIP! 


  • 6 kiwi peeled and diced
  • 1/2 large red onion (1 one medium)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated horseradish
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely minced. 
  2. Serve right away. 
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 29.1
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 0.7g

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