Having a number of different salts on hand adds a fun flair to your food. Day to day, Tristan and I eat simple ketogenic meals. When I am not recipe testing I might have fried eggs for breakfast, ground beef and avocado for lunch, and steak pan-fried in butter for dinner. At the moment, I am fully enjoying this ultra simple mixture of protein and fats.
Are you wondering how I don’t get bored with my food?
I make sure each meal is well salted!
Did you know there are different flavors of salt? It’s amazing!
Using different salts adds flavor and variety without any extra effort. Even though I’m eating the same proteins and fats over and over again, mixing and matching herbal seasonings and salts makes each meal taste unique.
Use salt for a smooth transition into Ketosis
Learn more: A Secret to Easy Keto Adaptation
Salt is essential for all diets!
Low-carb, high-carb, vegan, carnivore… whatever your style, you need salt. These 7 types of salt are sure to intrigue and excite your taste buds.
7 Types of Salt for a Ketogenic Diet
Perhaps the purest in flavor, sea salt is the most well known and easy to recognize. Bright white salt crystals comes in coarse and fine grinds. Sea Salt from Mountain Rose Herbs is all-natural and solar evaporated. Their sea salt has low moisture content, making it an ideal ingredient in homemade herbal salt and seasoning blends.
How to use Sea Salt:
Jill from The Prairie Homestead has a great tutorial on how to preserve fresh herbs in homemade herb salt.
Shopping suggestion: Sea Salt
Smoked Sea Salt
Pacific Red Alder is the tree of choice used to slowly smoke this all natural, solar evaporated salt. The Smoked Sea Salt we use is gathered from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Called “alluring”, the flavor is smoky without a tinge or burnt aftertaste.
How to use Smoked Sea Salt:
Sprinkle smoked salt on top of keto rolls or bagel puffs from The Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Baking and your homemade oven-fresh foods will never have looked or tasted so good! I also use smoked salt often in my All-Purpose Keto Bread and in a One-Pan Sausage Skillet.
Shopping Suggestion: Smoked Sea Salt
Add depth and complexity to everyday meals in just one pinch. Black Salt is a beautiful accompaniment to any dish, especially a Creamy Low-Carb “Potato” Mash. I love the contrast of black salt crystals against a white background.
Wondering what makes Black Salt “black”? It is infused with activated charcoal, which assists the body in removing harmful impurities. Pretty cool!
How to use Black Salt:
Shopping Suggestion: Black Salt
Cyprus Flake Salt
The appearance of Cyprus Flake Salt is unlike any other. Through the process of naturally evaporating the salt, “the unique pyramid shape of the Cyprus Flake salt is created through the process of solar evaporation of sea water where the water is channeled into a chain of shallow ponds or lagoons and then into large pans where the water is gradually heated, forming the timeless pyramid shapes of the salt”[1. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/cyprus-flake-salt/profile?utm_source=primaledgehealth.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ambass2&utm_term=salt] Set to specific standards, this artistic process can take up to 2 years.
How to use Cyprus Flake Slat
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Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt
The second salt on this list sourced from Hawaii is slowly cold smoked over Kiawe wood chips. Kiawe is the naturalized Hawaiian species of the mesquite tree that infuses Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt with a distinctively sweet smoky flavor.
How to use Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt
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Red Alaea Salt
This deep red crystal salt is a traditional staple used on the Hawaiian Islands in local cuisine for seasoning and preserving food. Red Alaea salt also has a unique role in religious culture and is used to cleanse, purify and bless tools, canoes, homes and temples. The beautiful color marks the influence from iron rich red volcanic clay found in the tidal pools where the salt is collected and naturally evaporated.
How to use Red Alaea Salt
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Himalayan pink salt
Himalayan Pink salt was historically used as a commodity and has an important role in local culture to preserve fish and other foods for trade. Now pink salt is one of the most well-known specialty salts. However, not all pink salt is created equal. Low-end salts are exported from China under toxic labor conditions and environmental contamination. High-end products emerge from Pakistan, Mountain Rose Herbs has exemplary pink salt that is a pure, hand-mined salt derived from ancient sea salt deposits. They claim their salt is “extracted from mines by hand, according to long-standing tradition, and without the use of any mechanical devices or explosion techniques. After being hand-selected, the salt is then hand-crushed, hand-washed, and dried in the sun.”[2. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/himalayan-pink-salt/profile?utm_source=primaledgehealth.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ambass2&utm_term=salt]
How to use Pink Salt
Shopping Suggestion: Himalayan Pink Salt
But wait, there is more!!
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Salt + Seasoning
If you prefer an all-in-one flavorful power punch to your food, try salt mixed in with other seasonings. Using an all-purpose seasoning salt or celery salt means you only have to grab one jar to get all the flavor you need. This is simple meal prepping at its finest.
Replace table salt with a pinch (or three) of Seasoning Salt. The classic mixture of salt, pepper and zest goes well with almost any dish you could think of. It is a easy go-to seasoning staple, grab it off your spice rack any time you need an all-purpose flavor boost.
How to use Seasoning Salt
Sea salt mixed with ground celery seed. It sounds simple but there is something about this salty combo that makes a big difference to dishes. Replace any quantity of salt with celery salt and your recipe will have a new enhanced spectrum of flavor.
How to use Celery Salt
Support Mountain Rose Herbs
We choose to support family oriented businesses rather than affiliate with Amazon (the Goliath that is slowly swallowing all retail). Our favorite specialty salts come from Mountain Rose Herbs. They do all the hard work of sourcing and packaging salts (organic herbs and spices too), all we have to do is open a bag and sprinkle liberally onto the dish!
I wrote a recent review on Mountain Rose Herbs (hint: there’s a lot more going on than just buying their products), you can read it here.