Savory Spice Blend Seasoning (Salt-Free)

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This simple and delicious Homemade Savory Spice Blend Seasoning is perfect for keeping on hand to add flavor to dishes in place of salt. It livens up even the blandest meals.

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This amazing mixed spice blend was created by Dr. Michael Greger, MD with NutritionFacts.org. He has many more herb seasonings and recipes in his book, How Not to Die Cookbook. He has another delicious seasoning called Oil-Free Umami Sauce that is completely salt-free.

Making any recipe taste delicious is really all about the seasonings, and this one is great for sprinkling over foods to add the perfect amount of flavor. A couple more useful and fabulous herb seasonings are our Homemade Vegetable Bouillon Powder and Vegan Parmesan.

If you are new to cooking or just plant-based cooking in general this list of Top 15 Herbs & Spices can help get you on the right track.

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What is savory spice blend?

The word savory is a bit complicated because it is overly used in the cooking community and yes, I’m guilty of it too. It basically means food that is seasoned to be full of flavor but not sweet. I think of savory as being the opposite of sweet as with dishes like meatless chili, pizza, vegan mushroom stroganoff, dairy-free mashed potatoes, easy vegan gravy, etc.

In this spice blend, there is a mix of 10 herbs and spices that pair well with any savory dish.

Ingredients

Most of the spices used in this blend are probably already in your cupboard because they are so common and widely used.

  • Nutritional yeast
  • Onion powder
  • Parsley, dried
  • Basil, dried
  • Thyme, dried
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground mustard
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric, ground
  • Celery seeds
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How to make savory seasoning

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

First, make sure that all of the ingredients to be used are the dried versions. An example of this is dried parsley flakes and not fresh parsley.

Combine all of the ingredients in a spice grinder or blender and pulverize the dried herbs and spices.

Transfer the blend into a shaker bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. I personally like this spice shaker by OXO because the lid has two settings for coarse and fine, and it twists shut to seal for freshness. Store in a cool, dry place.

Excerpted from the HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK by Michael Greger, M.D. with Gene Stone. Copyright © 2017 by Michael Greger with Gene Stone. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved. Recipes by Robin Robertson. Photography by Antonis Achilleos.

Tips & Suggestions

  • Uses- Sprinkle over any savory recipe or dish in place of salt.
  • Store- Keep this spice blend in an airtight container or jar and store in a cool, dry place. Does not require refrigeration.
  • Nutritional yeast- Dr. Greger recommends those with Crohn’s disease or hidradenitis suppurativa avoid nutritional yeast.

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Savory Spice Blend Seasoning

Author: Dr. Michael Greger MD FACLM
This simple and delicious Savory Spice Blend Seasoning is perfect to keep on hand to add flavor to dishes in place of salt. It livens up even the blandest recipes.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 /2 cup

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

Instructions

  • First, make sure that all of the ingredients to be used are the dried versions. An example of this is dried parsley flakes and not fresh parsley.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a spice grinder or blender and pulverize the dried herbs and spices.
  • Recipe makes 1/2 cup which is 24 teaspoons.
  • Transfer the blend into a shaker bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. I personally like this spice shaker by OXO because the lid has two settings for coarse and fine, and it twists shut to seal for freshness. Store in a cool, dry place.

Video

Notes

Tips & Suggestions
  1. Uses- Sprinkle over any savory recipe or dish in place of salt.
  2. Store- Keep this spice blend in an airtight container or jar and store in a cool, dry place. Does not require refrigeration.
  3. Nutritional yeast- Dr. Greger recommends those with Crohn’s disease or hidradenitis suppurativa avoid nutritional yeast
Excerpted from the HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK by Michael Greger, M.D. with Gene Stone. Copyright © 2017 by Michael Greger with Gene Stone. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved. Recipes by Robin Robertson. Photography by Antonis Achilleos.

Nutrition

Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg

Disclaimer

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About the Chef

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Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He is the Research Director for NutritionFacts.org.

A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition.

He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Greger was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award and became a diplomat of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

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