Strawberry Salsa. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Strawberry Salsa.  Vegan. Gluten Free. By Knead to Cook.
Strawberry Salsa by Knead to Cook.  Vegan. Gluten Free.

Strawberry salsa is vegan, gluten free and screams of summer!  I could eat salsa day and night.  I eat it right out of the bowl, with taco chips or on my favorite spoon – displayed here.  Ha!  We had our last regular season swim meet last night during a lovely thunderstorm and that ended (due to the weather) just before 9 so we missed Taco Tuesday.  I make it a point to indulge my girl’s request for tacos each week.  I know they will eat everything on their plate and that makes this Italian mama a happy girl.

This salsa is super easy to whip up and you can easily control the spice level.  It’s colorful and eye-catching.  Filled with vitamins and healthy carbs – providing lots of energy for the pool or the beach!  Totally easy make-ahead recipe too!

Ingredients:

3 cups strawberries, organic and hulled/chopped
1/2 cucumber, diced
1/2 jalapeño, diced seeds left in or remove – your choice
1 handful of fresh cilantro leaves, washed and roughly chopped
3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons of a better quality of balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Cover and refrigerate to let the flavors mingle for about 1 hour.  Serve with pita chips, fish tacos, Taco Tuesday, to top over chicken or pork – or eat it straight out of the bowl like me!

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There is something to be said for simplicity.

Now onto running… this week so far I’ve run everyday.  Monday I ran 8.5 miles.  Tuesday I ran 5.15 miles at 8:00 and today I managed to whip out a 7.09 miler at 8:12 minute mile.  For the week I stand firmly at 21.03 miles and only need 4 to finish out my goal for the week.  I’m guessing I’ll go over a bit and run Friday too.  Total for the month is 73.59 miles.  Because it’s a 5 week month… I’m shooting for 125 or more miles.  My knees have been doing much better with the running frequency due to training on the treadmill.  I’m happy about that.

I also have been weight lifting as usual and walking about 8-10 miles per day.  Lots of movement going on here.  I’m looking forward to August and the sports ending and some vacationing.

That’s it for now.  I hope you keep your body moving and the food that fuels you super fresh and healthy.

~oxo

 

— Knead to Cook

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