If you ask us, salt and lavender are two essential elements of unforgettable dishes (sorry Samin Nosrat, you were close)! This unlikely pairing may not have crossed your mind before, but you’ll wish it had crossed your taste buds sooner! Yes, lavender is delicious in English teas, ice creams, and espresso, but it can also transform savory dishes into entree-worthy plates.
Appalachian Botanical Co’s Pink Himalayan Lavender Salt is simple, versatile, and delicious, like any seasoning should be. Pink Himalayan salt is very similar to table salt chemically but it has a much deeper flavor due to trace amounts of potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It is found in the Punjab region of Pakistan and is the same salt that people make lamps out of. However, it’s much more powerful when used in the kitchen!
Our finely ground Himalayan salt is mixed with raw organic lavender buds to infuse it with a kick of lavender. You can sprinkle the salt over warm bread or grind it with a mortar and pestle to blend the lavender buds and salt together before adding it to any of the seven delicious recipes below. Anywhere you see plain salt listed, you can swap in our Pink Himalayan Lavender Salt.
Salt and Lavender Recipes
This recipe channels European daydreams with its lavender-y buttery deliciousness. Lavender can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, especially when paired with delicate flavors. So rather than adding ground lavender buds to the marinade, simply swap out the plain lavender for our Pink Himalayan Lavender Salt and adjust to taste!
This one is a seasoning rather than a dish. Herbs de Provence is a lovely and aromatic mix of herbs that originated in the Provence region of France. Traditionally, it doesn’t call for salt. However, adding some salt to the mix will help to heighten all the wonderful flavors of your herb garden and make every dash go a bit farther.
Salami, White Bean, and Lavender Panino:
I don’t have a recipe for this dish, only a memory of the streets of Firenze and the most delicious panino I’ve ever had. Between the creamy Italian cheese, locally cured meat, and unexpected but incredible flavor of lavender in every bite, it was easily the best sandwich I’ve ever had! This is my attempt to recreate it. This panino uses schiacciata, a delicious Tuscan bread baked with a generous amount of olive oil. In between each slice is a smear of garlicky and creamy white bean sauce, thinly sliced salami, pecorino cheese, and a sprinkle of coarse salt and lavender buds. If you make only one recipe from this list, make this the one!
Lemon Lavender Chicken Salad:
This is not your mama’s chicken salad! You’ll hardly even recognize this elegant and delicious sandwich as the American classic chicken salad sandwich. It’s simple and delicious, but hits the spot.
This recipe is the perfect mix between our salt and lavender love and Samin Nosrat’s famous “salt, fat, acid, heat” combination. The title of this recipe says it all – the key is in choosing the right ingredients. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, try to use local grass-fed beef for a steak that tastes 10 times better and makes you feel 10 times better too! If you prefer to grill outside, add one of our lavender stem bundles to your charcoal to infuse the steak with even more delicious and smoky lavender flavor.
I’ll never prepare fish another way! Lavender and fish are both delicate and their flavors work together so beautifully. Whether you cook fish on the stove or bake it in the oven, you can sprinkle it with lavender salt. If you decide to take it outside on the grill, you can add half of a lavender stem bundle to the fire to gently smoke the fish with the flavor of lavender (then you can sprinkle with even more lavender salt)!
Lavender Salt Popcorn:
Tired of the same old boring snacks? Popcorn is a low-cal highly addictive snack, especially with lavender. You can make it stovetop with olive oil and sprinkle on ground lavender sea salt while it’s warm. You can also add the lavender salt to lemon-pepper seasoning or top your popcorn with the herbs de Provence seasoning we mentioned above. Happy snacking!
Lavender has earned its place in French cuisine and plenty of delicious desserts, but it doesn’t have to be reserved for the last course. As you consider cooking more often with lavender, remember that not all lavender is created equally. So before adding any ol’ lavender to your spice rack, make sure that it does not contain any artificial preservatives or flavorings. All of Appalachian Botanical Company’s products, from salty to sweet, are made using our non-gmo, organic, and culinary-grade lavender. It’s a simple addition, but it makes a big difference!