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7 Types of Mineral Rich Salt (plus 2 Bonus)

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 Mineral Rich Salt To Try! - Primal Edge Health

7 Types of Salt for a Ketogenic Diet

Sea Salt

Origin: USA

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.

Use for general salting, it is a functional all-purpose salt. Add to warm broths, omelets and Keto Flatbreads.

Shopping suggestion: Sea Salt

Smoked Sea Salt

Origin: USA

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

Black Salt

Origin: Hawaii

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:

Use to flavor roasted vegetables, low-carb soups, Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry and Lettuce Wraps.

Shopping Suggestion: Black Salt

Cyprus Flake Salt

Origin: Cyprus

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

Use as a finishing salt in ketogenic baked goods, as well as for fish and vegetable dishes. Make salted ketogenic chocolate by topping the recipe with a few fakes.

Shopping Suggestion: Cyprus Flake Salt

Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt

Origin: Hawaii

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

Recommended for use on seafood and poultry dishes. Also delicious in homemade sauerkraut and added into ketogenic dressings.

Shopping Suggestion: Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt

Red Alaea Salt

Origin: Hawaii

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

The mellow flavor matches well with all kinds of dishes. We love it with steak and fried eggs. The color is so pretty; I would add a pinch on top of a cup of ketogenic chia pudding just for fun.

Shopping Suggestion: Red Alaea Salt

Himalayan pink salt

Origin: Pakistan

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

Use Pink Himalayan salt for daily use, add to salsa, a Zoodle Pasta dish and other quick and easy low-carb meals.

Shopping Suggestion: Himalayan Pink Salt

But wait, there is more!!

Here’s your bonus.

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.

Seasoning Salt

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

Use on cauliflower rice, beef heart burger patties, and Spicy Cucumber Bites.

Celery 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

Use on toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds and in Keto Quesadillas and dips.

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.

What is your favorite salt and where in the world does it come from?

11 Responses

  1. Kimberly Smith
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    Great video, I think the hardest part of a ketogenic diet is ridding your home/pantry of all the garbage! Bonus, I have a ton more cabinet space.

    I also take Epsom Salt baths to help with magnesium. My body gets sleepless and my legs super restless if I don’t have enough magnesium.

    Peace,
    Kimberly

    • Jessica Haggard
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      Great point Kimberly – cabinet space is a nice thing to have 😉 I’m planning a “salt yourself” article with recipes for salt baths and scrubs. Stay tuned, I think you will like it!

  2. Julie (Rishu)
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    All of the above as well as Vintage Merlot, a rich bold flavorful merlot colored and tasting salt. I shop at Mama Jeans in Springfield, an 80mile round trip from my home but well worth it as they have walls of bulk everything and an entire section of specialty salts at family-friendly prices.
    To be honest it was not until after watching one of your videos that I indulged in the exceptional salts.
    No turning back now as my tastes have changed, matured and become enlightened to a new world of seasoning possibilities and variety.
    Love and health
    Julie (Ma Rishu)
    2018

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Finding new and different tasting salts was a real eye opener for me. I can switch up the flavor of our foods with such little effort. Different salts taste good PLUS they have such an essential role in keeping out bodies healthy and working well. It’s a win-win all around. Thanks for the comment Julie, it’s a special one!

  3. Randal Rhoade
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    As always, thanks for the great tips. I don’t struggle with eating junk and quite disciplined. I was basically eating paleo for 3 months until 4 weeks ago when I became more educated about keto and went strict keto and haven’t wavered. It’s going on 5 weeks now and I have not seen or felt any change in my profile. I felt the body adjusting the first week but nothing else since. I’m ideally looking to reduce inflammation, gain mind clarity, and lose 10 lbs of fat. I’m 218 6’1″ muscular build and eating around 1,900-2,300 calorie in proportioned macros. I’m hoping that something will kick in soon as you send 6-12 weeks possibly for results. Thanks again.

    • Jessica Haggard
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      Hope you see the results you’re looking for! Sometimes it can take the body a bit to adapt – keep the stress low and the environment healthy, get lots of sunshine 😉 If you want help dialing your lifestyle and diet in, we offer private and group coaching packages. Your cacao should arrive soon! It’d be great if you left a review on the product page, I’d love to hear how you like it. Happy Sunday!

  4. […] happy sipping cup of broth flavored with some of my favorite salts from Mountain Rose Herbs. They also have some great herbal blends – many of the classics like […]

  5. Joshua
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    Hello guys! This is my first time doing keto but not my first attempt. I live in South Louisiana and I’m a beekeeper. Needless to say, I sweat a lot and I’m feeling so bad on keto. I’m drinking bone (low quality) from the stores and taking K2 vitamins, D3, Magnesium with ionic trace minerals, and seasoning with pink salt and sea salt. I’ve been doing keto for about 3 weeks. Why do I have pounding headaches and extreme muscle fatigue? Why do I feel like crap all the time? I just want to feel mediocre for one day. I’m not trying to whine or quit, I doing everything I know to do but nothing seems to help. Can you help me?

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Hey Joshua! We’d be happy to advise you – if you are interested in our coaching, please check out http://www.primlaedgehealth.com/coaching. We begin the next session of the Keto Collective this Sunday – you’d right on time! Give us an email through the contact form on the coaching page if you want to get started. Sorry, these things aren’t always a quick fix over the internet – it’s hard to give general advice without knowing more about the specifics of your situation and lifestlye.

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