Salt is the most common ingredient used in cooking. It acts as a preservative, a way to counteract the sweetness of a dish, and honestly it just satisfies our taste buds because it enhances the flavor of food.
Everybody loves that extra pinch…or tablespoon…of salt, but, too much salt (yes, it’s possible!) can lead to several diseases, with high blood pressure being the most common.
If you need to or are choosing to decrease the amount of salt that goes into your food, consider using herbs that you likely already have in your kitchen as a substitute.
Most of the food that we consume contains a fair amount of salt in them in their natural state, there isn’t a need to throw in some more.
One of the things people fail to realize is that eating healthy does not have to be misery. In fact, all we really want from our food is flavor. This is true whether one is dieting for weight loss or simply trying to prevent disease through a healthy diet.
So, if that extra pinch of salt is important to you then take a look at the six herbs below that can be used to replace salt to add healthy flavor to food and go experiment!
Dill is a slightly sour herb that can be easily paired with other herbs/spices to create a one of a kind flavor for your meals.
Consider pairing dill with a sweeter herb such as thyme in order to achieve a nice balance of sweet and sour (perfect for chicken!). Dill can be used in the form of a leaf or in a crushed/dried form, it all depends on what you prefer.
Chives are an age-old source of added flavor and it is widely used amongst several different cultures. Chives add a hit of onion to your dish and they already have natural salt content within them.
Chives are perfect for potato soup, chili, or a vegetable stew. They are also great in small amounts, such as, on chicken or in your potatoes.
Thyme is a great alternative to salt because it comes in several flavor varieties including lemon and orange. There is a slight salty undertone to thyme, but you also get the bonus of added flavor.
Thyme has a slightly sweet flavor as well and is best used in combination with parsley, oregano and rosemary.
Thyme blends nicely with chicken dishes and roasted vegetables.
Mint is a commonly herb used that comes in a variety of strengths. You can choose a mint leaf that will give a slight kick or a mint leaf that will change up the entire flavor of your meal.
Mint also comes in several different flavor combinations. You can purchase flavors like chocolate mint and orange-mint in your local grocery store. These flavors work great in pastas, on chicken, in baking and in salads.
Oregano is an Italian spice that works best with pasta dishes, chicken dishes, or added onto pizza! Due to the spice’s potency and spicy undertones, the herb is an excellent substitute for salt. For an added kick, combine oregano with basil, thyme and/or parsley.
Allspice is a common herb blend amongst several cultures. There is no real “flavor” of allspice; the herb tastes like a blend of juniper, nutmeg, peppercorn, and cinnamon. However, it actually comes from a dried berry four in Jamaica.
The variety of flavors that we taste with allspice makes it a great substitute for salt because it can add a unique flavor to your dishes and draw out the flavors of the dish itself.
There is no need to add a ton of salt to your meals in order to enhance the flavor or just get that salty kick you crave.
Also fresh herbs tend to be more flavorful and luscious than dried varieties, so make sure and get fresh whenever you can.
There are dozens of herbs that can help you add unique flavors to your dishes and still keep the salty undertones you desire.
Take some time to experiment with the herbs mentioned above and decide which flavor combination you like the most!
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