What Are Alliums?
Alliums are any of a large genus, allium that are part of the bulbous herbs of the lily family. This includes onion, garlic, chive, leek, and shallot.
Allergy Friendly and LowFODMAP Friendly
While 9 foods account for 90% of all food allergies: soy, wheat, egg, dairy, peanut, tree nut, fin fish, shellfish and sesame; it is possible to be allergic, anaphylactic even, to any food.
My oldest child is allergic to peanut, pecan, walnut, shellfish, oat, garlic, sweet potato, watermelon and pear. Peanut is pretty tough as far as cross-contamination goes, but garlic is extremely difficult, it’s in everything.
One of the best product finds we happened upon is a line of foods called Fody. They are a line of condiments, spices, and other foods that are friendly for those that suffer from IBS or otherwise need to follow a LowFODMAP diet. Since part of the LowFODMAP diet includes being onion and garlic free – this worked out great for our allergy situation. However, it can be very pricey, so I recreated my own salsa recipe that excludes onion and garlic.
The main ingredient makes a huge difference. Not all tomatoes are created equal. The combination of Roma tomatoes and vine ripened tomatoes gives a perfect balance of tangy and sweet. If you go wit hall one type of tomato the flavor will be noticeably off. Additionally, you can use canned tomatoes, but fresh are best with the quality of flavor that can’t be beat!
If I do use canned tomatoes, I do still purchase a can of regular whole tomatoes, and a can of whole Roma tomatoes. I drain the juices, fill with water and rinse the tomatoes several times to get rid of any “tinny” flavor from the cans, but honestly if you can use fresh – it’s so delicious!
Making Up for Flavor
I do love garlic and onion. They are good for you, if you aren’t allergic to them, and the flavor is yummy! It really adds so much depth to every dish. My husband also suffered from food allergies to: pea, avocado, mushroom, onion, sesame and mustard. In order to make this safe for him as well we also ditched the onion.
Taking away two amazing flavor boosters leaves the salsa very bland as-is without making some modifications. I kicked up the flavor by upping my spice in the jalapeño’s be only removing about 1/4 of the seeds. I also use more cilantro than normal, and add in some cumin. Cumin is known as the savory equivalent of cinnamon, and is the perfect addition for adding depth of flavor and increasing the savory flavors.
Let it Marinate
Now while you can definitely dip in right away, I recommend storing your salsa in a glass jar for at least 12-24 hours to allow all the flavors to marinate together. I will make it the day before, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and it is amazing the following day!
Allium Free Salsa | Onion & Garlic Free
- 4 Roma Tomatoes, quartered
- 4 Vine Ripened Tomatoes, quartered
- 1 Bunch Cilantro, chopped
- 2 Jalapeño's, chopped remove 1/4-1/2 the seeds depending on how spicy you like it
- 2 tablespoon Lime Juice
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Pepper
Add all ingredients to a large blender. Pulse for about 30-60 seconds until well combined, chopped well, and desired consistency is achieved. Store in the refrigerator overnight, and serve the next day.