Thursday, May 5, 2016

2 No Salt Skinny Salsa Easy Recipes for Cinco de Mayo & Mexican Food Lovers Year-Round

Good Food

Cinco de Mayo, Mexico's Independence Day celebration, wouldn't be the same without eating and drinking, right? However, this taco-filled and potentially high-fat holiday can be a nightmare for someone on a diet trying to lose weight or at least to avoid putting on a few pounds during holiday celebrations. Come to think of it, plenty of foodies who love authentic Mexican cuisine face these problems year-round.  Not to worry, Chef Anthony Stewart, executive chef at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami, Florida has created some delicious, but no-salt skinny salsa recipes to help you out.


Pico de Gallo

Serve this heavenly, no-salt salsa created by Chef Anthony Stewart with washed & cut-up veggies like radishes, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, jicama sticks, broccoli florets. Plus pick up some baked, low-sodium tortilla chips such as Guiltless Gourmet or Garden of Eatin' Baked Yellow Chips to serve on the side.

Pico de Gallo Salsa
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Makes 12 Servings

  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper finely chopped (remove seeds for milder salsa)
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 fresh limes juiced
  • 1 pinch black peppercorns ground
  • Assorted raw vegetables
  • Bag of  low-sodium tortilla chips


1. Mix all ingredients (except raw vegetables & chips) in a mixing bowl. 

2. Let sit for 15 minutes before transferring to serving dish.

3. Serve with an artfully arranged platter of raw veggies alongside the chips in a festive bowl.

Tropical Salsa

Equally delicious and divine is this fruity, tropically-inspired salsa featuring mangoes, pineapple and more, also dreamed up by Chef Stewart. No salt, no added sugar, no waist-expanding oil or other fat. Who could ask for anything more?

Tropical Salsa
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Makes 12 Servings

  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 T. fresh garlic minced
  • 2 T. no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/4 t. Tabasco
  • 1 mango peeled and diced
  • 1 cup pineapple diced
  • 1 cup papaya peeled and diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 T. fresh oregano chopped
  • 2 T. fresh basil chopped
  • Garnish green onions chopped (optional)
  • Garnish chives chopped (optional)


1. In a small, nonstick skillet over low heat saute red onion, garlic, tomato sauce and Tabasco until well combined, about 5 minutes. Stir regularly.

2. In a large mixing bowl, gently combine remaining ingredients, except garnishes.

3. Spoon red onion mixture into bowl and gently toss all ingredients until combined, before transferring to serving bowl. If desired, garnish with a sprinkling of green onions and/or chives.

FTC Disclosure: Recipes and photos provided by Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa. No payment or other compensation was exchanged in connection with this post. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's home page and at the bottom of every individual page including this one.


Unknown said...

I love fruit salsas and make them whenever I serve pork, chicken or fish.

The Binder Ladies said...

No salt salsa!? I HAVE to try this! I'm trying to watch my salt intake and LOVE salsa!

Unknown said...

I love making salsa. I actually just made some strawberry salsa a few days ago. I love that tropical salsa. I'll have to try that out next.

Kraus House Mom said...

I could eat gallons of pico de gallo. It's a staple in my house.

Meagan said...

Yes please! This would go perfect with my fajitas! I love love love homemade salsa!

Jeannette said...

This is PERFCT for today! We are trying to figure out what is the best thing to make for dinner tonight this gives me a few ideas!

Cathi C said...

Great recipes! I have to say though... The Tropical Salsa has me looking for chips and the ingredients to make it now!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

Pico de gaillo is one of my favorite dishes. You bring me some of that and some quac, and I'll be your best friend for life.

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to make homemade Pico de Gaillo for weeks and have not had success. The onions where I am are so strong that they over power everything else. I need to find a substitute or use dehydrated onions. I will try this recipe this weekend for our cookout - I love chips and salsa too much not to keep trying!

Dawn Lopez said...

Cinco de Mayo heaven here! I love a tasty homemade salsa and both of these sounds amazing. I love that they are "skinny" recipes. :)

Lisa said...

These are definitely salads I have to take note of. Honestly, because of Cinco de Mayo, I found an easy excuse to just binge eat a few enchiladas for dinner. Gotta stay healthy and these salads look like a great way to start!

Lisa Favre

James, Davis, and Associates Test said...

This salsa looks so hearty. It could be a side dish instead of just a condiment.

Aubrey said...

I love chips and salsa. Never made my own though. I'll need to give it a try.

Ann B said...

This salsa looks so delicious. I will have to make some this weekend. It will be great for movie night.

Tammi Roy said...

I will have to get the ingredients i need to make this. It looks so delicious i can not wait to taste it.

Stacie V said...

I am always looking for new recipes to try. Salsa is one of my favorites. I will have to make this tonight for movie night.

Unknown said...

I love salsa and we have it often in the summer when we can get fresh tomatoes. I love the salsa recipe with the mango.

Unknown said...

I just made the salsa with mango and it was the best! Thanks for the creative ideas...

Onica said...

What a great recipe for thoae who need to cut back on salt. The mangos are such a tasty add-in.

Susan@Organized31 said...

I adore salsa and the skinnier the better for my health. Thanks for the recipes.

Jennifer Sikora said...

I am a huge fan of pico. The lime adds great salty like flavor without having salt added.