Salt is not the only ingredient in your pantry that can be used to add flavour to a dish.
From herbs to citrus, there are new and healthier ways to season your dish.
Whether you’re looking to lighten your salt intake or just interested in exploring new ways to season your dishes, these five ideas will make you wonder why you ever used salt.
Fresh herbs, such as parsley, rosemary, cilantro and mint, are an easy way to add flavour to all types of proteins and vegetables. You can incorporate raw herbs into marinades or chop them up and use them as a final garnish.
To make a flavourful marinade, blend your favourite herbs with a little olive oil and pour over whatever dish you are preparing. For an extra kick, try using an olive oil that’s already infused with herbs.
You can completely change the flavour profile of a dish with the addition of spices. Incorporate them into a marinade or make a dry rub to maximise the flavour. Whether you choose to use ground or whole spice, enhance the flavour even more by toasting them first.
Different types of citrus can brighten up any marinade or dish. A squeeze of the tangy fruit over steak or salmon balances out the fattiness and provides a hint of freshness. And we’re not just talking lemons: Step up your game with juice from grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lime.
For a burst of flavour, reach for vinegars like red wine, sherry, balsamic and apple cider. Vinegars can range from fruity to tangy, and some are lighter than others, so it’s important to taste them before incorporating them into recipes.
While dressings are one way to use the liquid, you can also make delicious vegetables by tossing them in vinegar before roasting them in the oven.
5. Red wine
Other than post-work stress relief, red wine is also great for marinades. The acidity helps tenderise meat while adding flavour at the same time.