Finding an AIP friendly salsa in stores is impossible. Everything pre-made has salsa staples like tomatoes and jalapeños. I love both of those things but my body is saying no. Using sweet strawberries and juicy jicama are a flavorful substitute for tomatoes. The shallot is a not-so-spicy sub for jalapeños. The cilantro and lime bring the tang and freshness that ties the dish together. This Strawberry Salsa is delicious with tortillas or plantain chips.
If you haven’t heard of jicama (pronounced hē-kə-mə), it’s a root vegetable that has a nutty flavor and is quite juicy. Almost like a savory apple. The skin of the root is not edible. You need to use a knife to cut away the skin. Don’t use a potato peeler, as the skin is too thick. You’ll need a knife to cut it back and expose the edible center.
Raw jicama is very good and tastes great in not just salsas but also salads. You can cook jicama as well but it’s not something that I’ve ever tried. If you’ve tried cooked jicama, I’d love your recipes and ideas.
This recipe is AIP friendly but it’s not just for AIP followers. My mom, who has no food restrictions, loved it when I served it with grilled chicken and a simple side salad. It was a very light and fresh summery meal. I realize that it’s still springtime but we’ve already had 90-degree weather here in San Diego. Either way, i hope you enjoy it as well!
- 1 cup Strawberries, diced
- 1 cup Jicama, peeled and diced
- 1 Shallot, minced
- 2 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice (White Vinegar would be an ok substitute)
- Salt, to taste
- Combine all the ingredients into a medium size bowl.
- Stir to combine.
- Serve immediately.
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