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This Store-Bought Spice Blend Is Even Better than Everything Seasoning

published Jul 5, 2022
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spaghetti in a bowl tossed with peppers, cucumbers, and parmesan cheese
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Everything seasoning is a lot of things to a lot of people. Beyond its role as a bagel flavor, everything, with its onion punch and seedy crunch, can be found in a multitude of products, including chips, dips, and even ice cream. Everything is truly everything, and I love that for it, but lately, there’s another seasoning I’ve been turning to even more: Salad Supreme.

Credit: Stephanie Ganz

Also known (to people who work at McCormick) as “Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme,” this seasoning blend combines paprika, garlic, celery, sesame and poppy seeds, and Romano cheese. You can easily find recipes for making your own (which have surged in popularity over the past two years as supply chain issues have made the seasoning harder to find in stores), or you can snag a bottle at grocery stores or online. I generally opt for the latter.

Buy: McCormick Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme Seasoning, $3.69 for 4.34 ounces at Target

Credit: Stephanie Ganz

I first encountered Salad Supreme as a 5-year-old at my dad’s company cookout. Judy, a lady I remember as being sassy with very curly hair and great taste in pasta salad, brought her signature dish, the aptly named “Judy’s Pasta Salad,” and it was love at first bite. Judy’s Pasta Salad featured spaghetti mixed with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives (maybe salami too, but I would’ve eaten around that at the time), dressed in a mix of Kraft Italian Dressing and Salad Supreme. It was a quintessential ’80s pasta salad, relying on familiar, pre-made ingredients and a few hours in the fridge. It was, in a word, perfect.

Over 30 years later, I still get down with Salad Supreme in my pasta salads, but lately I’ve been giving it the everything seasoning treatment. I might sprinkle it on vegetables as a side dish for dinner, blend it with cream cheese and fresh herbs for an easy cheese ball, or use it to zhuzh up microwave popcorn or a batch of Chex Mix. My favorite application for Salad Supreme, though, is sprinkled on top of bread right before baking. The seasoning adds a cheesy tang and the satisfying pop of all those seeds to breadsticks or challah. And once you try it, you might think twice before reaching for that shaker of everything seasoning again.

Do you have a seasoning blend you use on everything? Tell us about it in the comments below.