Life without nightshades doesn’t have to be all green

Life Without Nightshades - Blog

I was recently chatting with a group of ladies at a networking meeting and a question came up that I thought might be useful to share as I’m sure there are loads of you with the same dilemma.

The question went something like this…

How do I add colour to a salad if someone in my family can’t eat nightshades? It always just looks very green and boring.

Nightshades are from the Solanaceae family of plants and whilst some amazingly nutritious foods come from this this group of plants they are not suitable for everyone to eat.  People who live with auto-immune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease may experience a worsening of their symptoms.

However, it’s not a given that if you live with one or more of these conditions that you’ll experience issues. Every body’s body is unique and their reactions to the foods they eat are unique too.  But if you do think they may be affecting you it’s worth cutting them out for a few weeks to see if you feel any different.

So what do you need to avoid?


Tomatoes and tomatillos



Chillis, chilli powder, paprika

As you can see some of the foods that are often used to add colour to your salad bowl like tomatoes and peppers are off limits, hence the reason for the original question

What’s the answer?  Actually, it’s good news!

The number of foods that can be used to add colour to your salad is much bigger than those that need to be avoided so it’s really easy to create a beautiful colourful salad bowl without nightshades.

Starting with the obvious choices here are a few vegetables to think about:

Roasted butternut squash

Roasted or raw beetroot, for something a little extra special Chioggia beetroot have red and white stripes and look pretty cool

Red cabbage

Red onions

Corn on the cob or baby corn – look for organic and non-GMO

Grated carrots – you could even try yellow or purple carrots

Radish – red, white or purple

Yellow courgettes

Fruit can be added to salads too and can add a lovely freshness and a bit of zing. Here are a few you might like to try:

Orange segments




Pomegranate seeds

Or what about edible flowers?

Chive flowers




So as you can see there are a whole host of options to choose from. Salads don’t have to be a big bowl of green even if you can’t eat tomatoes. Have fun experimenting

If you need help figuring out what the heck to eat, and think nutrition coaching might be the answer, why not get in touch to find out how I can help?

Drop me an email at so we can book a discovery call.

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