As the invites to BBQs, summer potlucks, and outdoor celebrations continue to roll in during the long days of summer, it is great to keep some simple hostess (or host!) gifts on hand. When you are stumped for something to buy or don't want the extra expense, but hate showing up to an event empty-handed, try making your own seasoning salts! These salts are a cinch to put together and pair perfectly with BBQ fare and summer produce.
From earthy, robust salts for grilling to citrusy, floral salts to sprinkle over fresh fruit, making your own seasoning salts means there is something for everyone.
Since seasoning salts are so versatile and easy to flavor, I've created a few different salt recipes to pair with an assortment of meats and produce.
Which Salt to Use in Your Mix?
Not all salts are created equal, so be sure to note the type of salt you are purchasing before making any of these blends. I recommend using a nice flake salt like Maldon, a medium-grain kosher or sea salt, or fleur de sel (although that might get a bit pricey when buying in bulk). I'd steer clear from your standard table salt for these recipes.
How Long Will They Last?
Although several of these blends use fresh herbs, they keep quite well in the cupboard for several weeks — at least! The low moisture and the salt itself both help preserve the mixes, even at room temperature.
How to Use These Blends
- Herby Lemon Salt (lemon + herbs): Use for poultry, appetizer dips, and fruit
- Espresso Pepper Salt (espresso + oregano + black pepper + Cayenne): Use for grilled meats and dry rubs
- Raspberry Peppercorn Salt (raspberries + pink peppercorns): Use for sprinkling over salads with fresh fruit or over whole slices of watermelon or other fresh summer fruit.
- Herbes de Provence (mix of fresh and dried herbs typically found in southern France): Use for fish, poultry, grilled meats, stews, and in homemade vinaigrette.
Gift It! Salts + Pretty Jars + Labels
What's the difference between turning these seasoning salts into gifts rather than just handing them out in zip-top plastic bags? The presentation! Consider gifting your edible treats in jars or containers that the recipient can reuse after the contents run out. Be sure to tie or stick on a label so they know what is inside.