This delicious basil salt is perfect for seasoning your Italian-inspired dishes! It has wonderful flavor and about 40% less sodium than regular kosher salt.
Have some extra basil you need to use? I recommend making a batch of wonderfully flavorful basil salt!
This herb seasoning is a great way to add flavor and brightness to so many dishes. It also has 40% less sodium than regular salt.
You can enjoy it in your own cooking, or package it up for a wonderful and unique gift for friends and family.
How to make basil salt
It’s so easy to make your own herb salt! And the only ingredients you need are basil and salt.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 225°F.
Step 2: Place the basil and salt in a food processor and pulse a few times.
Step 3: Spread the mixture on an ungreased baking sheet as evenly as possible, then place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Step 4: Remove from the oven and scrape with a spatula to break up any clumps.
Step 5: Mix, then spread into an even layer before placing the salt back in the oven to bake another 15 minutes until dry, but not brown.
Make sure to let your salt cool before you use it. If you’d like a finer texture, you can pulse it again in a food processor after it has cooled.
Ways to use this salt
Now that you have a delicious basil and salt mixture, how should you use it? I can think of quite a few ways!
For a simple snack, I love to sprinkle it on summer tomatoes. It’s also wonderful tossed with watermelon or cantaloupe chunks.
Cooking with root vegetables instead? Try rubbing your salt on the outside of potatoes before baking or grilling. You can also add it to mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or sweet potatoes!
If you’re looking for some breakfast inspiration, try using some herb salt in your scrambled eggs or omelet. You could also dust it on a Bloody Mary, like this virgin Bloody Mary with shrimp!
Try combining it with butter to top your steak or to spread on corn on the cob, or use it to salt the cooking water for your pasta. There is truly no end to what you can make with basil-infused salt!
Because salt is a natural preservative, this mixture should last you for quite a while. Simply store in an airtight container in your spice rack or pantry and use whenever you need!
For maximum flavor, I recommend using within 3 months or so.
Other tasty basil recipes
In the summer, my garden always seems to produce more basil than I know what to do with. So I’ve come up with a lot of great uses for it over the years! Here are a few of my favorite recipes that include basil:
- Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese & Basil
- 5-Minute Homemade Pesto
- Turkey Roulade with Quinoa, Swiss Chard, and Prosciutto
When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves (tightly packed)
- 1 cup kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 225°F.
- Place the basil and salt in a food processor and pulse a few times.
- Spread the mixture on an ungreased baking sheet as evenly as possible, then place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and scrape with a spatula to break up any clumps.
- Mix, then spread into an even layer before placing the salt back in the oven to bake another 15 minutes until dry, but not brown.