Reader question… “My husband has just been put on a drastically reduced salt diet and he says everything tastes bland now. I am looking for some way to flavor his food that doesn’t involve salt and I wondered if you would have a recipe for something like this.” –Mari K.
This is the herbal salt substitue we like the best (it is, of course, also soy free). First, here’s the recipe as it was given to me:
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon pepper (all black or partly red)
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons sage
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons onion powder (see note below)
I just mix all the ingredients with a wire whisk… but for a finer grind, use a coffee or spice grinder. Store the mixture in a tightly covered container… substitute your favorite herbs or modify given amounts to suit your own taste preferences.
That’s way too much onion for me (us) and I omit the onion powder entirely… which of course changes the proportions and would drastically change the taste, but this mix of herbs without the onion powder is really good. I have not tried making this herbal blend with the onion powder.
I sometimes add some basil or parsley or thyme or marjoram, but we really like the overall flavor of just the blend of herbs listed above. A bit of added dried orange or lemon peel is nice, too.