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Easy DIY Herb Salt Recipe – Takes Minutes to Make

Easy DIY Herb Salt Recipe is the perfect homemade seasoning mix to jazz up your dishes, and it makes the ideal gift for friends and family!

If you’re looking more ways to make your own seasoning mixes, The Best Fajita Seasoning Mix and Nashville Hot Chicken Spice Mix are the perfect recipes to get you started on that journey.  

DIY Herb Salt Recipe in a Clear Glass Jar
Easy DIY Herb Salt Recipe

I’ve been obsessed with herbs for years now.  I love growing them, cooking with them, and using those gorgeous plants in my DIY projects.  

It’s always fun to stumble upon a new way to put the bounty of summer’s harvest to work in new ways.  

Using infused herb salt to sprinkle on the dish when it’s time to eat, give a more flavorful dish.  

While in line at the grocery store, I saw a special publication of Mother Earth News.  They had a magazine devoted to Cooking with Herbs.  

It was love at first sight.  Do magazines in check-out lines speak to you too?  I ignore all the gossip magazines about movie stars and gravitate right to the cooking and gardening magazines.  

The recipe for Basic Herb Salt came from this magazine and I just had to try it.  What’s great about this recipe is that it’s a perfect starting off point to blending your own herb salts at home.

“Salt is a preservative. It really holds flavor. For example, if you chop up some fresh herbs, or even just garlic, the salt will extract the moisture and preserve the flavor.”

Sally Schneider

What is herb salt? 

While the herb salt blend sits in your cupboard, the magic happens.  The salt will absorb the oils and flavor compounds from your dried herbs.

You can start with this basic recipe and then adjust it, depending on your tastes. Who knows, you might become a master blender of herb infused salt recipes once you get started.  

Herb gifts to make

This recipe makes a wonderful gift.  You can put the herb salt in pretty jars.  Pair the jarred herb salt with an herb gardening book or an herb cooking book and potted herb for a fun gift to help your friends and family on their journey to loving herbs as much as you do.  

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Here are some herbs you can use to make your own herb salts:  

Basil, bay leaf, cilantro, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, Thai basil, and thyme.

Whether you use store-bought herbs or herbs you dried from your garden, the result will be the same – flavorful dishes in your future.  Infused salt flavors will change depending on the combinations you use.  

Think about how much fun it will be to experiment with preserving your herbs in salt.  

Close-up of Best Herb Salt Recipe
Close-up of Herb Salt Recipe

Herb Salt Recipe Ingredients

1 cup unrefined sea salt

1/4 cup dried parsley 

2 tablespoons dried basil 

1 tablespoon dried oregano 

1 teaspoon paprika 

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 

How do you make Herb Salt?

1) Blend all ingredients in a mortar and pestle until combined.  (If you’re using your own dried herbs, remember to remove the stems.) 

The original recipe said to combine in a food processor, but I prefer manual control over the consistency I like the best.  If you process this infused salt too much, it loses the “look” I love.  

2) Add salt mixture to a clean glass jar and store in a dark, cool place.  

Remember that herbs lose their flavor after a few months, so make sure you use the herb seasoning salt soon!  

Printable Version of DIY Herb Salt Recipe

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe

Easy DIY Herb Salt Recipe in a Clear Glass Jar

Easy DIY Herb Salt Recipe is the perfect seasoning mix to jazz up your dishes, and it makes the ideal gift for friends and family!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unrefined sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients with a mortar and pestle until combined. (If you're using your own dried herbs, remember to remove the stems.) The original recipe said to combine ingredients in a food processor, but I prefer manual control over the "look" of the infused salt.
  2. Add salt mixture to a clean glass jar and store in a dark, cool place. (Like your kitchen cupboard.)

Notes

Remember that herbs lose their flavor after a few months, so make sure you use it soon.

Easy DIY Herb Salt Recipe in a Mortar and Pestle

How to use Herb Salt

Roasted vegetables, homemade soups, meat marinades, dips, salad dressings, popcorn, grilling basically anything, fresh tomatoes or cucumbers, and corn-on-the-cob are just a few ideas to get started on accenting.  

What you need to make Dried Herb Salt Recipe

1) Herb drying rack

I recently read in a gardening magazine an idea for drying your homegrown fresh herbs – by using a sweater drying rack. You can find one here on Amazon. 

I thought this was a smart idea because the air is allowed to circulate around the herbs.  

2) Drying herbs in a dehydrator

If you live in an area with moisture in the air, then you might want to consider buying a dehydrator.  I love the one I bought – I did tons of research on which one was the best to buy.  This is the one I own here.  

3) Sea salt 

One of my favorite salts to buy is Himalayan Sea Salt.  If you’ve never had it, you’re in for a treat!  

As an extra bonus, the salt is pink!  Who would love pink sea salt?  

Here’s Himalayan salt in a 5-pound bag on Amazon.  

Another type of salt I like is Real Salt – Ancient Sea Salt. 

This salt still has trace minerals and no additives.  You can find Real Salt – Ancient Sea Salt here on Amazon.  

4) Dried parsley 

If you’re not going to be using herbs from your garden, you’re going to want to get a larger container of dried parsley because the recipe calls for 1/4 cup.  

You can find Organic Parsley Leaf here.  

The rest of the ingredients, I’m guessing you have in your cupboard.  You won’t be using very much of those.  

5) Cute jars

If you’re planning on making flavored sea salt, you’re going to need some cute jars to put the recipe in.  

Here’s a 3-ounce Airtight Glass Jar with a Hinged Lid – it comes in a 12 pack for a reasonable price.  

6) Food in Jars Kitchen 

I just found this cookbook on Amazon.  It’s always fun to take a peek inside new cookbooks that hit the book shelves.  

Food in Jars Kitchen: 140 Ways to Cook, Bake, Plate, and Share Your Homemade Pantry.  

See how easy that was? This recipe makes the perfect gift for friends and family for birthdays, the holidays, or even overnight guests as a little token of your love.

Each recipe only takes 5 minutes to make and everyone will enjoy their own jar of infused salt.  

We’ve reached the end of DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe.  Let me know in the comments below if you made the recipe and if you started cooking with flavored salts.  

What type of homemade seasonings do you like to make?  Is there a favorite flavored salt recipe that you use?  I would love to hear about them.  

Thanks for stopping by!  You can follow me on Pinterest here.  

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