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My Secret Recipe for the BEST Salsa Ever

fresh salsa recipe gluten dairy freeThis might just be the best recipe you’ll ever get your hands on. It’s the one I make every time I’m required to bring something to a potluck, and it always steals the show with lots of fanfare. On top of that it’s fresh, can be served with chicken or fish, and is dairy and gluten free. Everyone loves it.

My family has been making this for as long as I can remember (fairly sure it came from a neighbor from many years ago). The ingredients are super interchangeable, so if you like a hotter salsa (I do!) add an extra jalapeño pepper. Only have one tomato on hand? It’s all good, you can use two next time. Basically it’s the perfect thing to throw together any old time. I can even eat it with a spoon.

Making the salsa can be a bit time consuming, but if you’re willing to spend an hour chopping, the result is beautiful. If you’re not planning on showing it off and the batch is just for you, you can definitely make it with a blender or food processer. I have a Vitamix which is awesome in more ways than I can count, but if you’re looking for something not so heavy duty, this food processor from Black and Decker is super affordable and has great reviews.
fresh salsa recipe gluten dairy free

Secret Weapon Salsa

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large red onion. peeled and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, peeled, crushed and finely chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (I like to use red, orange or yellow to add some color!)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (2 if you want hotter salsa), remove pith but save and finely chop seeds and pepper
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 handful chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

I tend to add the last three ingredients based on taste. Usually I just pour the red wine vinegar until I see a pool in the bottom of the bowl, and then stir everything before tasting. I almost always add another splash after that. Same goes for the salt – I tend to throw some extra in after tasting.

fresh salsa recipe gluten dairy free
Photos by Taylor!

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

We made this last Sunday for Mother’s Day. So good for celebrations but equally great for any other day. And yes, that bright pink is completely natural and not enhanced by dyes or photoshop!

The recipe:

You’ll need one bag of lemons, one container of strawberries, filtered water and about a cup of sugar.

Cut off the tops of the strawberries and halve them before throwing in the blender. Roll the lemons on the counter before cutting to release the juices. Cut in half and squeeze into a separate bowl. Use all the lemons expect for one. Strain the juice into the blender to keep the seeds from getting in.

Add a cup of filtered water to start. Blend until smooth. Add another two cups of water and about a half a cup of sugar (you can add more later, it’s good to start with 1/2 and add to suit your tastes. I like my lemonade slightly tart). Blend another 30 seconds. Strain through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Cut the last lemon to garnish the glasses. Serves four.

Vanilla Almond Milk Recipe


Soak 1 cup raw organic almonds in filtered water for 6 hours (or overnight if you have the time). Drain water out of cup and put almonds in blender with 4 cups filtered water. Blend until smooth. Strain mixture through nut milk bag and add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Store in a glass container.

I made this the other day after getting my hands on a 10 cup bag of almonds. I’m thinking of experimenting a little more next time to try for a sweeter, thicker milkshake like consistency.