Recipe: D.I.Y. Sesame Salt

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Flavored salts are an easy, quick way to enhance simple dishes at the table, and some are also quite easy to make at home instead of buying in jars at specialty markets.

This particular salt is also known as gomasio, a traditional Japanese condiment. Gomasio is also a staple of the macrobiotic diet, partly because of the nutritious oils in sesame seeds, and partly because the sesame oil holds and enhances the taste of the salt so that much less salt can be used. We like to sprinkle this on breakfast eggs and in salads, and it is especially delicious over rice.

D.I.Y. Sesame Salt
about 1/2 cup

5 tablespoons white sesame seeds
1 tablespoon kosher or chunky sea salt

Toast the sesame seeds in a heavy skillet over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Let cool. Grind the seeds and salt together in a spice grinder in a couple short bursts, just until pulverized.

Per serving, based on 2 servings. (% daily value)
11.2 g (17.2%)
1.6 g (7.8%)
5.3 g (1.8%)
2.7 g (10.6%)
0.1 g
4 g (8%)
117.8 mg (4.9%)

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