Great Taste without Salt

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated October 3, 2016)

I personally am a huge fan of salt. I love salt on my vegetables, in my soup, on my French fries, and on my potato chips. However, too much salt isn't necessarily good for you, so you may want to cut back on the salt and find alternate means of flavoring your food. You might reasonably ask, "Can my food really have taste without salt?" The answer is a resounding "yes," but the key to achieving great taste without salt is using herbs and spices in lieu of salt.

Most people don't know all the ins and outs of expertly using spices and herbs to best flavor food, so here are a few tips about how to season different types of food with various spices and herbs.

  • With soup use bay leaves, chervil, tarragon, parsley, savory, and rosemary.
  • Garlic, oregano, savory, rosemary, and sage work well with poultry.
  • Bay leaves, chives, cloves, cumin, garlic, hot pepper, marjoram, rosemary, and savory work well with beef.
  • Pork jives well with coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, hot pepper, pepper, sage, savory, and thyme.
  • Cheese tastes best with basil, chervil, chives, curry, dill, fennel, garlic chives, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, or thyme.
  • Vegetables are well seasoned with basil, chervil, chives, dill, tarragon, marjoram, mint, parsley, pepper, and thyme.
  • Salads are excellently seasoned with basil, chives, tarragon, garlic chives, parsley, and sorrel.

As you see, it's not completely impossible to season food without salt. If sodium is an issue for you, you should definitely try out some of these tips and tricks to season your food with herbs and spices. Chances are they'll taste better anyway! Herbs and spices can be daunting at first and so many people just avoid using them all together. Once you know some of the basics however you can get started on creating culinary masterpieces without salt!

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