Herb Salt! My New Obsession. And the Contest Winner!
*We have a winner! Melissa Class of Wisconsin is the lucky recipient of Judita Wignall’s Raw Food Detox!*
This spring, I planted herbs. A lot of herbs, all in pots. I had no idea how they would do as it it is our first full summer in our new home. And the weather here is interesting. We can have a 15 degree difference between the front of the house and the back during the day. The back, where the pots are, can get unbelievably hot. Then the very next day, it can be 35 degrees colder! I planted all of the little herb babies and hoped for the best.
I have 3 types of oregano (and if you have never cooked with fresh oregano, oh boy is it good), 2 types of parsley, a ton of basil, two types of sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, tarragon and three types of mint. The cilantro bit the dust. I didn’t realize it didn’t like heat. Next year.
About a month ago, the herbs started going a little crazy. And now they are having a pure growing party! Which is exciting. And at the same time a bit overwhelming because I don’t want to see any of those beauties go to waste!
I jumped on the internet and started googling what to do with fresh herbs. As you can imagine, I was not at a loss for recipes. But I needed something that was going to use a lot of herbs, not just a sprinkling. I came across recipes for herb salt and I was intrigued. Not only did they use a lot of herbs, they have a great shelf life. I tried one. I am now completely obsessed.
I am obsessed because they taste amazing and can be used so many different ways. But also because the possibilities are unlimited. My first herb salt was the traditional Tuscan Herb Salt. Rosemary, sage and garlic are the stars. I branched out to parsley and garlic salt, basil salt, and a delicious “Herbs de Provence” salt made from rosemary, thyme, lavender and savory. You can even add lemon zest! The possibilities are mind boggling.
One of the best tips I have heard about cutting down on salt is to not salt when you are cooking but use your salt sparingly to dress your dish after it is done. That way, you get the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak. You taste the salt but so much less is needed. And with these herb salts, the flavor is so intense that you only need a little bit. I also cut way back on the salt in my recipe. Most recipes call for 4 to 5 times the salt that I used! I found that you needed very little salt to get great results.
I have sprinkled herb salts on all kinds of raw veggies and even popcorn (no…not raw). It is raw, so works great for raw recipes. It also works great for vegan recipes that are cooked. Last night we had a beautiful sliced heirloom tomato sprinkled with the salt. It was divine. It is also great on an ear of corn. It keeps beautifully and a little goes a long way. I truly hope you will try this recipe. Your taste buds will be thanking you.
Note: This can also be done in a food processor, but I like using a knife much better. It gives me more control. It is very easy to over-process this so be careful!
makes about 3/4 cup
- 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
- 5 cloves garlic
- 2 cups herbs (sage and rosemary)
- Remove the germ from the garlic if present. (see photo) It will be much more pleasing that way.
- Roughly chop the garlic into the salt.
- Chop the rosemary into the garlic salt mixture.
- Chop the sage into the garlic salt rosemary mixture.
- Spread on parchment and let air dry for 1-2 days, or place in dehydrator at 105 degrees until dry.
Alternatively, you can do this in a food processor. Go in the same order but be very careful not to over process. You will end up with mush.