Homemade salad seasoning mix that will add a pep and zing to your salads. This mix will not only help you to make a fresh vinaigrette dressing quickly at a moment's notice but will also make a very useful homemade edible gift during the holidays.
You can whip up this seasoning in few minutes and enjoy eating a fresh and tasty salad through out the week by mixing and matching the salad ingredients.
I love fresh herbs to use in salads but you do not get it everyday all around the year where I live and let's forget the cost factor.
This is where the dry herbs comes to help. They are not only available through out the year but quite economical as well.
Dried herbs are not only good to add to just pastas and pizzas but also good to make this salad seasoning mix at home and store it for longer use.
If you are new to adding a seasoning mix to salads, think of this as adding garam masala powder to a curry.
It enhances the flavour profile of the dish, right and just like that this seasoning mix also adds the much needed zing to your salads.
As I had mentioned here, I do not add onions to my salads, so this seasoning mix with onion powder, helps me not to miss it while eating salads.
Besides, a lot of us buy individual dry Italian herbs but apart from adding it to pastas and pizzas don't know what to do with it, letting it take up shelf life and tossing it out after its shelf life is over.
In that case, just rustle up this homemade salad seasoning mix, pack it up in a pretty looking bottle with a bow on top and give it away as edible gifts.
As such its holiday season and with the new year round the corner, people are going to be starting new resolutions to get their health back on track and I'm sure this mix as a gift will be useful to them.
What is the shelf life for this homemade salad seasoning mix?
This being a homemade salad seasoning mix, there are no enhancers or anti-caking agents to make it stay in it dry form.
So after mixing, I always refrigerate the jar and after each use, I always return it to the fridge immediately.
To be honest, in all of the 2.5 years I have been making this seasoning mix, never once has it spoiled and I had to throw it out.
Also since I make a small batch always to keep up the flavour profile intact, it gets over soon too considering I eat salads at least 3 or 4 times a week for lunch.
How else can I use this seasoning mix?
To be frank, I sprinkle it on all of my salads, regardless of its geographical origin because I like the flavor and how fresh and tasty the salads turn out.
I also sprinkle a generous amount of it on soups as well and on pastas too.
Can I change the proportions?
Of course, you can. I experimented with it every single time I had to mix a batch and ended up with this proportion as this suits my tastebuds.
You can increase or decrease any ingredient in this mix according to your liking as well.
Other than pink salt and lemon salt which are quite commonly available, there are several different types of salts available like garlic salt, celery salt etc which you can experiment with.
I also don't mostly add any oil at all to my salads, as I prefer it that way. So adding lemon salt makes it tasty enough for me. If you do not like to add it, go with regular salt.
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Homemade Salad Seasoning Mix Recipe Card
Homamade Salad Seasoning Mix
- Onion Powder - 1 tbsp
- Garlic Powder - 1 tbsp
- Dried Basil - 1 tsp
- Dried Oregano - 1 tbsp
- Dried Parsley - 2 tbsp
- Dried Thyme - 1 tsp
- Black Pepper - 1 tsp coarsely crushed
- Sugar - 1 tsp (optional)
- Lemon Salt or Citric Acid Crystals - 1 tsp
- Crush the lemon salt & sugar (if using) in a stone grinder manually. Tip into a small bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well to combine.
- Store in an airtight, sealed container and refrigerate. Mix may settle, so stir well before each use.
For individual dressing:
- In a small bottle, add ½ tsp of this salad seasoning mix to 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Close with lid and shake well. Drizzle on top of the salad, toss well and serve.