Salsa definition: “a spicy sauce of chopped, usually uncooked vegetables or fruit, especially tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, used as a condiment.
I know, I know, it’s a stretch to call this salsa. But this low FODMAP salsa recipe has a little bit of spice and a whole lot of refreshing flavor designed to nourish without provoking symptoms. It’s the kind of simple recipe that I crave during the summertime.
I don’t eat this salsa on corn tortilla chips (but you could!). Instead, I use it as a condiment atop grilled fish. And it’s INCREDIBLE!
Recipe Inspiration/Health Update
I created this recipe as a way to consume a little bit of fruit without going overkill. I’ve been keeping my sugar intake relatively low these days (that includes fruit!).
How come? Well several months ago, I was not getting enough sleep and not taking care of my body to the degree I know I should. I was trying to live like a normal 20-something. But my body reminded me that’s not the way to go.
I got a urinary tract infection (UTI) for the first time in several years. I used to get them all the time before I got serious about my health and wellness. The UTI turned into a kidney infection which meant I had to take a prescription antibiotic (pretty much a worst nightmare for someone who has been living the joyous life of SIBO remission for over a year!)
And the antibiotic gave me a vaginal yeast infection that went undetected for MONTHS because my overall health regimen kept it at bay- no dairy, high dose probiotics, and an overall nutritious diet. Plus, I had very vague symptoms like a chronic sore throat, fatigue, and increased urinary frequency that made it difficult for myself or my doctors to pinpoint what was going on. The yeast infection even went undetected on vaginal culture (I have since learned this is surprisingly common!).
Anyways, since the yeast infection went on for so long, symptoms migrated to my gut and it has been a little challenging to treat. My doctor and I eventually decided it was time to really cut back on the sugar (AKA eliminate it). I’ve been doing a little fruit- 1/2 cup serving of berries per day. And it seems to be working!
Below is the full meal I enjoyed- Pesto Zoodles, Fiesta Arugula Salad, & Grilled Rockfish with Cucumber Blueberry Salsa. As you may be able to see, my meal wasn’t completely low FODMAP- there’s some black beans and avocado in there. That’s because I test my FODMAP limits and listen to my body. These two activities are crucial to healing.
When you are working with recipes that include few ingredients, the quality of those ingredients becomes especially important for creating a delicious dish.
If you can get your produce from a farmer’s market, that’s ideal. A high-quality produce department will also be fabulous. But just do the best you can!
- ½ persian cucumber, diced
- ½ pint fresh blueberries, halved
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
- 2 green onions (green part only), sliced
- ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- Juice of 1 lime (~2T)
- Sea salt, to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir. Adjust to taste preference.