Herb salts are becoming so popular and they add flavor to a variety of dishes. There are endless flavor combinations, and these salts are so handy to have as a staple in the kitchen. For example: Use on scrambled eggs, in olive oil for dipping bread, in grilled cheese, on raw carrots, on avocado toast, on top of hard-boiled eggs, in soups and stews, in hummus or on a quesadilla. Additionally, these make great gifts for family and friends. All you need is a blender or food processor and minimal ingredients.
1 cup salt of choice, preferably kosher or Himalayan pink salt, but any salt will do
¼ to ½ cup fresh parsley
2 tablespoons dried basil (or ¼ cup if using fresh)
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 garlic clove minced
Optional: Any additional preferred herbs, such as basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary and sage
Add fresh parsley, garlic, lemon zest and a little bit of salt to the blender or food processor. Mix for 10 seconds. Add additional ingredients and blend again. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour salt mixture on sheet and evenly spread. Bake the mixture for one hour at low temperature. Let set in a cool oven overnight to dry. Pour salt into a container of choice and enjoy!
Chimichurri is a condiment that may be used in endless ways and may be enjoyed as a sauce or dip. Serve over fish, chicken, beef, vegetables or with crackers.
½ cup olive oil (or flax oil for added omega 3 nutrition)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or lemon juice as an alternative)
½ cup to 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped finely
¼ cup fresh basil or fresh cilantro
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1 small red chile or 1 tablespoon pepper flakes
½ teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
Chop fresh herbs finely and add to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Chill 1 to 2 hours. Enjoy!