Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published: November 2011. Partial revision August 2020. Next review: 2026.

Allergy diet - salicylate low

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.


To provide a diet that excludes significant sources of naturally occurring salicylates, and flavourings high in salicylates.


Avoids vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and spices high in salicylates.


Salicylate intolerance.

Nutritional adequacy

This diet may not be nutritionally adequate – supplemental vitamin C may be required if followed for a long period of time.


Requires supervision by a dietitian.


Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesPlain cooked beef, lamb, pork, poultry and fish, made and served without gravyWet dishes including any vegetables other than peas or beans, or with any herbs, spices or fruit
Sauces, graviesNoneGravies
Starchy vegetables / pasta / ricePeeled potato, steamed, boiled or mashed Boiled or steamed rice Plain noodlesAll others
VegetablesGreen beans, butter beans, peasAll others

Sandwiches made on bread without vinegar

Plain meat, fish, chicken, egg, cheese

Lettuce, chives, shallots, celery

All other vegetables

Chutney, mayonnaise

Salads, dressingsNone-
Breads, cereals

Wholemeal or white bread

Rice cakes

Rice Bubbles®, Weet-Bix™, All-Bran®, rolled oats

Breakfast cereals with added fruit, honey or cocoa

Corn Flakes®, muesli

Bread containing vinegar

SpreadsButter, margarineJam, honey, peanut butter, Vegemite™
Hot breakfast choicesPlain eggs or parsley omeletteTomato, mushrooms, baked beans, spaghetti

Fresh pears, drained canned pears


All other fruits
YoghurtPlain natural yoghurt or vanilla yoghurtFruit yoghurt

Fresh or canned pears

Plain milk-based desserts (custards, creamy rice, cheesecake, blancmange, ice-cream)

All fruit-based desserts (except pears)
Milk and cheeseAll plain milk, soy milkFlavoured milk, milkshakes
BeveragesWater, milkTea, coffee, juices, soft drinks
BiscuitsPlain biscuitsBiscuits with fruit, chocolate or coconut
MiscellaneousCream, salt, sugar, vanillaPepper, curry powder, coconut, molasses, mint flavourings, nuts


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  3. Swain AR, Dutton SP, Truswell AS. Salicylates in foods. J Am Diet Assoc 1985;85:950-60.
  4. Swain, Anne; Soutter, Velencia; Loblay, Robert (2013). RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook with Food & Shopping Guide (PDF). ISBN 9780980616408.

Change log

August 2020

Section updatedChange
References Added Swain, Anne; Soutter, Valencia; Loblay Robert (2013). "RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook with Food & Shopping Guide" (PDF). ISBN 9780980616408
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