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Refreshing Blueberry Salsa (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegan)

This quick and refreshing blueberry salsa is made with all the fresh and delicious ingredients, and it’s a perfect Whole30 and vegan 4th of July dip recipe!

refreshing blueberry salsa recipe

Homemade salsa is one of my favorite foods. There’s nothing as refreshing as when you chop up and combine the freshest of the fresh ingredients and let the flavors meld together to dip your favorite tortilla chips in. For today’s recipe, I decided to think a little bit outside the box to incorporate one of my favorite summer fruits into the mix, and the result is fantastic. It has a slight natural sweetness without the need for any sugar that’s in many store-bought salsa!

Refreshing Blueberry Salsa Recipe

This blueberry salsa recipe is so light and refreshing, and it makes a perfect summer snack. At first, I was a bit hesitant about how blueberries would taste in salsa, but it’s subtle and delicious while being unique and addicting at the same time.

It’s also a healthy low carb and Whole30 compliant salsa, and the festive colors are so perfect to serve as a 4th of July dip recipe or any other summer holidays.

Blueberry salsa before mixed together
fresh ingredients for a whole30 compliant salsa

How to Make This Blueberry Salsa

This blueberry salsa one of the easiest recipes to make. Just chop up the ingredients and mix them together! Roughly chopping up the blueberries first really lets their flavors combine better with the rest of the ingredients. If you are lazy like me (blueberries can roll all over the place on the cutting board!), just place them in the food processor and pulse a few times to get that rough chop.

While you can enjoy this right away, I do recommend letting the salsa sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let the flavors really build and meld together. It really does get better the longer it sits!

festive colors of this salsa make it perfect 4th of July dip recipe

Ways to Enjoy This Blueberry Salsa

I’ve actually been loving this blueberry salsa recipe in all different ways for every meal (like I said, I’m obsessed). Here are some of my favorite creative ways:

  • with tortilla chips (duh – I love my grain free Siete Foods chips!)
  • with plantain chips
  • on top of avocado toasts
  • over roasted or grilled veggies
  • with eggs
  • in tacos or burrito bowls
  • and since I said this is a Whole30 compliant salsa, you can enjoy them over fish, steak, chicken, or any of your favorite protein!

If you are reading this and it’s the summer, I highly recommend you give this blueberry salsa a try because it’s such a cool and refreshing snack on a hot day. It’s also an extremely easy 4th of July dip recipe that’s looks fancy and fun, so make it for all your summer festivities and get-togethers!

tortilla chip dipped in blueberry salsa

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Refreshing Blueberry Salsa (Paleo, Whole30, Vegan, Low Carb)

This quick and refreshing blueberry salsa is made with all the fresh and delicious ingredients, and it's a perfect Whole30 and vegan 4th of July dip recipe!
Course Condiment, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword 4th of july dips, 4th of july recipe, low carb salsa, portable low carb snacks, savory blueberry recipe, summer snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Optional resting time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 33kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and membranes removed, finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the blueberries. You can also put them in a food processor and pulse a few times.
  • Combine the blueberries and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.
  • You can enjoy right away, but it'll taste better after you let it sit for hour in the fridge so the flavors meld together and build!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – about 1/3 cup | Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2.7% | Vitamin C: 13.9% | Calcium: 0.5% | Iron: 0.8%
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Homemade Paleo Pigs in a Blanket

A favorite for both adults and kids alike, learn how to make paleo pigs in a blanket that’s healthier than the original but still super tasty and addicting!

paleo pigs in a blanket baked on a baking sheet

Pigs in a blanket is a type of dish that I get excited about growing up and even now. There’s something so yummy and comforting about these pillowy bites dipped in a delicious sauce that’s just so addicting. While I can’t enjoy them like I used to because of my gluten intolerance, I can definitely make a paleo version at home using much healthier and cleaner ingredients!

Paleo Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

While you do have to make the dough yourself and can’t use store-bought crescent rolls, this is a fun and easy pigs in a blanket recipe that doesn’t take too long to prep AND only needs 15 minutes in the oven. I was so pleased with the flaky and soft dough that wrapped the mini hot dogs and even my husband (who is a hot dog snob) said these were incredible!

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homemade pigs in a blanket before baking

How to Make Pigs in a Blanket That’s Healthy and Paleo

To make these homemade pigs in a blanket, you first have to make the dough with a combination of grain free flours for best results. I’ve never tried this by substituting with other flours so I can’t guarantee the same results if you make any modifications.

Unlike regular gluten dough, this paleo pigs in a blanket dough will be a little sticky and not as easy to work with. Make sure to let it sit in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to help it firm up, and then roll it out in between 2 parchment papers so it doesn’t stick to any surface. And when you are rolling the hot dogs into the dough, just be a bit more gentle when handling the dough, and it should be fairly easy to do.

Paleo Mini Hot Dogs

Conventional mini hot dogs or lil smokies can contain a lot of weird ingredients and preservatives, so I like to buy this grass fed version. It’s also Whole30-friendly, delicious, and just filled with super clean spices!

gluten free pigs on a blanket plated
dip for pigs in a blanket

My Favorite Dips For Homemade Pigs in a Blanket

I’m pretty basic when it comes to my dips for any kind of hot dogs. I’m a ketchup girl through and through. If you want to also make ketchup at home and maybe get creative with all the different ketchup varieties you can make, make sure to check out this post for the recipes.

I also think these will be fantastic with some honey mustard sauce (Whole30 version here) or even just plain mustard! What would you dip these homemade pigs in a blanket in or what did you love dipping them in growing up?

I hope you and your entire family enjoy this yummy and easy pigs in a blanket recipe, and let me know how you like them in the comments if you try them out!

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Homemade Paleo Pigs in a Blanket

A favorite for both adults and kids alike, learn how to make paleo pigs in a blanket that's healthier than the original but still super tasty and addicting!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword game day appetizer, gluten free appetizer, kid friendly recipe, paleo appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Dough resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 386kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients, except mini hot dogs, in a large bowl and knead into a sticky dough.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes until the dough firms up.
  • Place the dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper, and roll it out to a thin layer that's 1/8 inch thick.
  • Use a butter knife and score the dough into long triangles that are about 1.5 inch wide x 4 inch tall (see photo in the blog post).
  • Roll each hot dog into the triangle dough starting from the widest part. Repeat with the rest of the dough and hot dogs.
  • Place on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite dippings sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (makes 4) | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 8.6%
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Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

This crunchy, sweet, and savory Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad with bacon is a refreshing summer salad that comes together in no time. The lemon date vinaigrette ties the flavors together beautifully!

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Summer is all about peaches and grilling for me, so I was beyond excited to see the first sign of peaches at the farmers market over the weekend. While I love juicy and drip-down-your-chin peaches on their own, one of my favorite ways to enjoy any fruit is by grilling them! If you’ve never tried grilling fruits before, you are missing out big time.

Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon Recipe

Grilling fruits caramelizes their natural sugars and really brings out their flavors to a whole new level. That’s what makes this Whole30 grilled peach salad so incredibly delicious.

Grilled peach slices are combined with salty bacon, toasted crunchy walnuts, and refreshing cucumbers and onions, all over a bed of slightly bitter arugula, then drizzled with a lemon date vinaigrette that makes the flavors pop and meld together in the most amazing way.

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Summertime Favorite

While this paleo and Whole30 grilled peach salad is quite simple and quick to make, the flavor profile and its fancy presentation makes it suitable for your next dinner party as well. Not only that, the components are meaty and filling enough to serve as a meal, and that’s how I’ve been enjoying it for a delicious way to up my fruits and veggie intake.

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Keep It Whole30

If you are in the middle of the Whole30 challenge, this salad is the perfect way to indulge in the best summer flavors without any added sugar. Just make sure your bacon is Whole30-compliant (no sugar or nitrates!) and use the vinaigrette recipe as written in the instructions.

If you are NOT doing the Whole30, you can substitute dates with honey for the vinaigrette, since you are more likely to have that on hand than medjool dates.

Hope you take advantage of summer’s best flavors and make this Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon!

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Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

This crunchy, sweet, and savory Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad with bacon is a refreshing summer salad that comes together in no time. The lemon date vinaigrette ties the flavors together beautifully!
Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 467kcal

Ingredients

Lemon Date Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pitted medjool date 2 tsp honey if not on Whole30

Grilled Peach Salad with Bacon

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 peaches sliced
  • 4 cups arugula packed
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients for the vinaigrette in the blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts and heat until browned and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the bacon and cook for 5 minutes until crispy.
  • Remove from heat and roughly chop into small pieces. Reserve the bacon fat.
  • Heat a grill or a grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Brush the peach slices with the bacon fat on both sides.
  • Grill the peach slices until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Assemble the salad: Place arugula, cucumber, and red onion in a large bowl. Top with toasted walnuts, bacon, and grilled peaches. Drizzle with the prepared vinaigrette.
  • Toss to coat before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 3 | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 19.8% | Vitamin C: 26.3% | Calcium: 8.3% | Iron: 8.2%
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