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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! Homemade flavored salts are easy to make and taste delicious.

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

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

I’ve been obsessed with herbs for years now. I love growing them, cooking with them, and using these 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 instead of regular salt to sprinkle on the dish when it’s time to eat gives 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 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 point for blending 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 homemade 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.

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

Herbal Salt Gifts

Herb salt blends makes great gifts. You can put the herb salt in pretty jars or Mason jars. Pair the jarred herb salt with an herb gardening book, cookbook, and potted herb. It’s a fun gift to give your friends and family members if they love herbs as much as you do.

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Here are some herbs you can use to make your own herbal 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 Herbed 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 savory salt mixture to a clean glass jar and store in a dark, cool place. Let the flavors meld together for a couple of hours before using.

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

Printable Version of DIY Herb Salt Recipe

Easy DIY Herb Salt Recipe in a Clear Glass Jar
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe

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

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!


  • 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


  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.)


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

Tips for Making Herb Salts

  • Keep your herb salt stored in an airtight jar at room temperature. The shelf life for dried herbs is 1-3 years. After that, they will lose their flavor.
  • You can also use fresh herbs in your herbal salts. Just dry them out ahead of time before mixing them with the kosher salt.
  • Lemon zest and garlic are also great additions to your herb salt blends.

How to use Herb Salts

Roasted vegetables, homemade soups, meat marinades, dips, salad dressings, popcorn, grilling basically anything, fresh tomatoes or cucumbers, and corn-on-the-cob are great ways to use your herb salt recipe.

Once you make this basic recipe, you can use other ingredients to make your own homemade spice blend. Lemon zest, lime zest, sage leaves, fresh rosemary, red pepper flakes, and garlic cloves are other ingredients to try for your herb mixture.

Easy DIY Herb Salt Recipe in a Mortar and Pestle

What you need to make Dried Herb Salt Recipe

1) Herb drying rack

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

A drying rack is a smart idea because you place herbs on the rack, and air can circulate around them.  

2) Drying herbs in a dehydrator

If you live in an area with moisture in the air, consider buying a dehydrator. It’s beneficial if you have many herbs to dry.

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.

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 a 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.

You can also use Kosher salt to make this finishing salt.

4) Dried parsley 

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

You can find Organic Parsley Leaf here.  

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

5) Cute jars

If you plan on making flavored sea salt, you will need some cute jars to put the recipe in.  This is an airtight container that makes the perfect gift when you tie on a recipe card for instructions to create their own savory salt.

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 peek inside new cookbooks that hit the bookshelves.  

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

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

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

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How to Dry Fresh Herbs

We’ve reached the end of the 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.  

Be sure to join the Creating a Cozy Life Group. You’re not going to believe how amazing it is!

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