Hacking Salt: Tips to Add Flavor Without Salt

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Who says going salt-free BBQ dishes can’t be delicious? For those following a low-sodium diet, though, this doesn’t mean cancelling that grilling get-together. Enhancing taste can be as simple as heightening our basic flavors like sour, sweet, and savory.  Follow these simple tricks to lower the sodium and keep the classics.


Garlic is hands-down a people-pleaser that can add character to practically any dish. To achieve an added nuttiness and sweetness, a roasted granulated garlic can deepen flavors. For even more ease, use an onion and garlic tableside sprinkle to season pre-BBQ meats or add the final touch to sauces.

Citrus Juice

The juice from lemons, limes, and even oranges and grapefruit can all be used to flavor your food without salt. Use freshly squeezed when possible to take in less sugar, and add a little bit of the peel for even more flavor. Lemon juice and freshly squeezed lime juice go wonderfully over roasted veggies and salads.

Go Back to Basics

Let the flavors speak for themselves by using dried herbs to create complexity in your dishes. Dill weed can bring delicate brightness when sprinkled over savory BBQ goods. Rosemary is another herb that possesses a deep, piney flavor that works well with roasted beef, lamb, or chicken. If not, mince up garlic, horseradish, shallots, or even lemongrass and ginger root. Chop rosemary, thyme, or basil. And work all these tasty powerhouses right into your meat mix.