Preserve fresh herbs with this herb salt recipe! You can use it in many ways: on pasta, eggs, and olive oil for dipping bread. It’s also great for gifts!
Our two pots of fresh herbs were the only remnant of our garden that moved to our new house this summer. We’ve been intentional about watering and pruning, and holding on to these herbs for every last second. But, fall has arrived in full. And with it, cooler weather that’s not fit for keeping these fresh herbs alive. What to do with a bunch of fresh herbs? Alex suggested making an herb salt recipe. And wow, was it worth it! Keep reading for how to make this tasty condiment (it’s also perfect for gifts!).
Related: How to Grow Herbs in Pots
Using fresh herbs for herb salt
Usually at the end of the herb growing season, Alex and I would take our leftover herbs and make a ton of pesto, freeze, or dry the herbs. And then we’d start planning an optimistically over-sized garden for next spring. Using them to make an herb salt recipe was completely new to us, but it’s too perfect not to add to our repertoire. Now of course, you can make an herb salt recipe any time of the year: so don’t feel like you have to wait until the end of the season! Typically our basil plants are out of control in the summer, so there are enough fresh herbs to go around.
How to make herb salt
Making this herb salt recipe is incredibly simple. All you need is the following:
- 2 cups of kosher salt
- 1 cup of fresh herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage, etc)
- 1 garlic clove
To make it, you’ll simply whiz everything together in a blender. Then bake the mixture at very low heat for about 1 hour. When you’re done, you can store the herb salt in airtight jar indefinitely.
Make sure to use kosher salt in this recipe because it brings a gentler salting to foods. We would not recommend using table salt because of its sharp, very salty flavor. If you’re interested, read more about these differences here: What is Kosher Salt?
What herbs are best in this herb salt recipe? The recipe is completely loose, so you can add whatever herbs you’ve got! We used basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage, but you could use anything you have on hand. If you aren’t growing fresh herbs, you must start some pots! All you need are a few pots and a sunny ledge to grow herbs. If you’re looking to get started growing herbs, head to our instructional post: How to Grow Herbs in Pots.
How to serve herb salt!
Now, a sprinkle of this herb salt is good on just about everything! Here are ten of our best ideas on how to serve it:
- On scrambled eggs.
- In olive oil to use for dipping bread.
- In grilled cheese.
- On raw carrot sticks for a little flair.
- On avocado toast.
- On cheese pizza.
- On top of hard boiled eggs.
- In soups and stews.
- In hummus.
- On a quesadilla.
And we’re still trying new ideas! Do you have ideas for how to use herb salt in your cooking? Let us know in the comments below.
Looking for more kitchen DIYs?
We love resourcing you with kitchen DIYs! This herb salt is a fun DIY that also works great for gifts. Here are a few more kitchen essentials:
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This herb salt recipe is…
Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan.Print
Use up extra fresh herbs with this herb salt recipe! Herb salt is a tasty addition to pasta, eggs, and olive oil for dipping bread.
- 2 cups kosher salt
- 1 cup mixed fresh savory herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, and so forth)
- 1 garlic clove
- In a blender, combine all ingredients. Pulse a few time to integrate the herbs into the salt, being careful not to over-process the ingredients into powder. (Alternatively, mince all ingredients together with a knife.)
- Set oven to its lowest temperature (about 200°F), and dry the salt for 45 minutes to an hour, until dry to touch. Store in an airtight jar at room temperature in a cupboard for up to 1 year.
- Category: Essential
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Herb Salt
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.