Step Aside Garlic Salt: We Have 10 Flavor-Filled Salt Recipes

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Adding flavored salts to food is a cheap and easy to turn a boring dish into something new and exciting. If you have been paying premium prices for some flavored salts, you might be surprised at just how easy to make your own flavored salts actually is. Best of all, you know exactly what is in them. No more worries about whether your flavored salt contains MSG or some other chemical additive, such as artificial colors or flavors. Making your own ensures that you are using only the purest, highest quality ingredients.

You have probably been making flavored olive oil or vinegars for your own home use for years, and now you can add flavored salt to your repertoire. These also make terrific gifts, so you might want to start looking for some pretty glass containers with tight fitting lids so you can make extra and give them out to your friends and co-workers. Who would not love to try some flavored salts on their foods? A small 6 pack of flavored salts in a pretty basket beats the heck out of the same old bottle of wine as a hostess gift, doesn’t it?

If you are concerned about what type of salt to use, that is actually just a matter of choice. If you like a bit of dramatic flair, use coarse salt that you can sprinkle on top of the finished dish (this is often referred to as “finishing salt”), otherwise, if you want to incorporate the salt as a part of the recipe, more finely ground salt will work better.

Are you ready? These recipes are so easy, you can probably make a couple in your kitchen this afternoon. Keep reading and find out just how simple it is to make your own flavored salt.

 

1. Bacon Salt

Let’s get real. Everything is better with bacon, right? So why not bacon salt? You can use this on popcorn, vegetables, potatoes, salads, avocados, you name it!  This will make about 1 cup of salt.

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup of salt
  • 8 Ounces of thin sliced bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Take a piece of parchment paper a bit longer than your baking sheet and crinkle it up so that there will be grooves for the grease to drip onto to. Place the bacon on the paper and cook until crisp, about 30 minutes. It needs to be really crisp, but not burnt!
  • Once cooked, move the bacon to a paper towel to let more grease drain off of it. Blot as needed with another paper towel.
  • When completely cool, tear into pieces and grind up in a coffee grinder or food processor. It should be a slightly chunky powder.
  • Mix the bacon and salt together in a bowl.
  • Transfer to the container of your choice.
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2. Lavender and Rosemary Salt

This is an unusual salt that you will find yourself turning to again and again. This will make about 1 cup of salt.

Ingredients

  • ¾ Cup of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of dried organic lavender
  • 2 Tablespoons dried organic rosemary

Instructions

  • Grind the lavender and rosemary in a coffee grinder or food processor until they are almost powder-like.
  • Mix with the salt in a bowl.
  • Transfer to the container of your choice.
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3. Celery Salt

You have probably seen celery salt in the supermarkets, perhaps you have even used it, but you won’t believe the difference in the flavor once you make your own. This salt is super tasty and works with just about everything. Find out celery benefits.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of finely ground salt (sea salt works well for this recipe)
  • 4 Celery heads, leaves only

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
  • Place the leaves only from 4 heads of celery on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake until dry, about 10 minutes.
  • Using a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or food processor, pulse until the leaves are coarsely ground.
  • Combine the salt and ground celery leaves.
  • Transfer to the container of your choice.
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4. Porcini Salt

This mushroom flavored salt has a flavor like none other. It’s perfect for soup, salads, roasted chicken, salad dressings, Italian food, even seafood.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup of dried wild porcini mushrooms or about 3 tablespoons of ground porcini mushrooms.
  • ¾ Cup of unrefined sea salt

Instructions

  • Using a coffee grinder or food processor, grind the mushrooms until coarsely ground.
  • Combine the ground mushrooms with the salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Transfer to the container of your choice.
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5. Chili Lime Salt

This is a super spicy blend of red pepper and limes that adds a fiery taste to chipotle mayo, tacos; even guacamole takes on a whole new flavor with this delicious salt.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh organic lime zest (find out lime health benefits)
  • ¾ Cup of salt

Instructions

  • Lay the lime zest (not the white part, just the green part of the peel will do) on a paper towel and allow to air dry for a few hours.
  • Combine the lime zest, red pepper flakes, and salt in a bowl.
  • Transfer to the container of your choice.
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6.  Curry Salt

This is another spicy salt that your family will ask for over and over.

Ingredients

  • 12 Medium sized dried bay leaves
  • ¼ Cup garam masala
  • ¼ Cup curry powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of ground cumin
  • ½ Cup of salt

Instructions

  • Using a mortar and pestle, crush the bay leaves until they are coarsely ground. You can also use a food processor but don’t grind them into a powder.
  • Put the ground bay leaves and all other ingredients, including the salt, into a mixing bowl and combine well.
  • Transfer to your container of choice.
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7.  Lime Ginger Salt

This is a super tasty salt with a hot sour taste that sounds strange but tastes heavenly.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spread the zest on waxed paper or parchment paper and allow to dry overnight.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients well.
  • Transfer to the container of your choice.
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8. Vanilla Salt

This salt is perfect over strawberries, cantaloupe, and other fruits.

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 Vanilla Beans
  • ¾  Cup of salt

Instructions

  • Using a very sharp knife, cut down the entire length of the vanilla bean pod, then scrape the seeds out of the center.
  • Add a handful of the salt into your food processor or coffee bean grinder and pulse until well mixed.
  • Add the salt/vanilla mixture to a bowl and pour in the remaining salt.
  • Mix well with a spoon, then transfer to the container of choice.
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9. Smoked Paprika and Ancho Salt

This has a flavor that will remind you of chipotle sauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 Dried ancho chilies (available at almost all supermarkets)
  • ¼ Cup smoked paprika
  • ¾ Cup salt

Instructions

  • Remove the seeds and stems from the chilies.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, break up the chilies into pieces.
  • Using a coffee grinder or spice grinder, pulse until the chilies are coarsely ground.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the salt, paprika, and chilies.
  • Transfer to the container of your choice.
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10.  Sriracha Salt

This is very hot and fiery finishing salt. If you like it hot, then this is for you.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons of sriracha
  • ¾ Cup of coarsely ground sea salt

 

SEE ALSO: Why You Should Change Your Salt and Do it Today!

 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sriracha and salt.
  • Spread the mixture evenly over a baking sheet.
  • Place in the oven, and then turn off the heat.
  • Allow to sit for 3 or 4 hours, or until fully dried.
  • Transfer to the container of your choice.