Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Easy, Spicy Salsa

2-3 fresh diced tomatoes or 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 small can diced green chilies
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried cilantro
2 shallots, chopped fine

Combine tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until the tomatoes are at desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and stir in the cilantro and shallots. Enjoy immediately, or chill for a few hours to let the flavors set in.


  1. I have heard different reports about whether the citric acid in canned tomatoes is okay for migraines? Does it just very from person to person?? This looks like an awesome recipe. SOOOO hard to find salsa without onion in it.

  2. Hi Cynthia. Yes, there is some debate about that. On the Heal Your Headache diet, citric acid is permissible. If one is trying to avoid citric acid because it is a possible source of MSG, the person would have to avoid many, many other foods as well. Citric acid is EVERYWHERE, and who knows when and where it is MSG and where it is not. Citrus fruit is not okay because of tyramine, but citric acid isn't one that we avoid. Remember, the goal is to lower your overall threshold level. Our bodies don't have an immune response to the foods we eat. I hope that helps. This is the best resolution to come to for now. If you are worried however, you can use fresh tomatoes and canned green chilies in their place. Happy eating!

  3. That looks delicious! I will have to try it. I also thought I'd post about Religious Experience Salsa and Enchilada Sauce (in case you haven't seen it yet). There is no onions in it! It's cumin based, but really good for mexican. Check out: https://thewrath.com/ - I buy it at Whole Foods.

  4. Thanks for the response about citric acid. I do notice it is everywhere, even in natural and organic canned goods. In the reintroduction phase of the diet, I look forward to seeing if citrus fruits trigger any of my migraines or not. In the meantime, I will try the canned goods with citric acid and see what happens. If it doesn't have MSG and if it seems to be all natural and organic, then I should be fine. And that recipe sounds awesome. Since I can't eat onions right now, I miss salsa!

  5. Yes, canned tomatoes, as long as they aren't flavored with onions or anything else we aren't supposed to have, are okay. See my post "Tomatoes" for more information. Also, citric acid is okay on the diet because it doesn't contain tyramine, even though citrus fruit does. I hope that helps, and I wish you the best of luck with the diet. I miss salsa too!

  6. Doesn't Rotel have msg in it? That's the spice in the ingredient list.

  7. I should have known better. My apologies. I was using a generic brand of rotel, and I assumed the ingredients for original rotel were the same. I should never do that. It was careless of me. Looking at the generic brand ingredients again, there are two ingredients that are questionable, so I probably shouldn't use it either. The recipe is changed, so please enjoy. I'm sorry if I have caused anyone any trouble.