We all know that seasonings, herbs and spices can either make or break a dish–so it’s
always worth knowing which ones can “make the dish” and increase the taste of your
favorite foods–and which ones to absolutely avoid.
Fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, dill and mint can bring powerful new tastes to
Why not try them with your dressings, soups, stews and vegetables to enhance taste?
Are You Relying on Salt to Season Your Food?
Using herbs and spices properly is also an excellent way to reduce your use of salt.
Unfortunately, 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.
For people with high blood pressure, kidney issues, obesity and heart problems, eating too
much salt can be a major issue.
The best way to bring your salt intake back into acceptable limits is to reduce or eliminate
it from your diet.
You probably won’t be able to go cold turkey, but you can work to reduce it one week at a time.
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.
6 Herbs To Help You Use Less Salt
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 and add healthy flavor to food–then go experiment!
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.
Dill can be used in the form of a leaf or in a crushed/dried form, it all depends on
what you prefer.
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 roasted vegetables.
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 found 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
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, in baking and in salads.
Chives are an age-old source of added flavor and it is widely used among several
Chives add a hit of onion to your dish and they already have natural salt content
Chives are perfect for potato soup, vegan chili, or a vegetable stew.
They are also great in small amounts, such as, on chicken or in your potatoes.
Due to the spice’s potency and spicy undertones, the herb is an excellent substitute
For an added kick, combine oregano with basil, thyme and/or parsley.
There is really no need to add a ton of salt to your meals in order to enhance the flavor
or to get that salty kick you crave–just get creative with herbs!
See some wonderful tips for cooking with herbs below…
The Herb Guide to Cooking Vegan – Infographic
There are lots of herbs that can help you add unique flavors to your dishes and still
keep the salty undertones you desire.
Also fresh herbs tend to be more flavorful and luscious than dried varieties, so
try use fresh whenever you can.
Are you ready for more amazing ways to use enhance the flavor of foods with herbs?
Check out the “the ultimate herb guide for cooking vegan dishes” below–created
This comprehensive guide illustrates which ingredients really complement each herb,
which oils are best to use with them, the complementary herbs and spices you can add
with the herb and some great recipe ideas.
For example, are you thinking about how you can implement mint into your dish?
Well, according to the guide, mint will go great with peas and aubergines in a tasty
fruit or vegetable salad, with a few chili peppers added for an extra infusion of taste.
Plus, we learn that walnut oil will pair nicely with mint.
This handy reference may help you learn to cook with some herbs you’ve never known
how to use before–and add delectable flavors to your favorite dishes in the process.
Take some time to experiment with these herbs and decide which flavor combinations
you like the most!
You’ll be glad you did!
Which herbs do you use most often in your home?
Do you have any other suggestions for cooking with herbs?
Please share your thoughts and comments with us.