Many years ago I bought some Rosemary Salt in San Francisco and then re-created it at home after my purchased bottle was gone! And this is one of my favorite things to make to give away for a food gift!
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We all know those amazing people who make incredible holiday treats like homemade candies and baked goods and give them out to friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Even back in the days when I was more interested in sugary treats, I was never one of those people.
Still, even though I’m not a baker or a candy-maker, I do like to give some type of food gift during the holidays, and for many years I created interesting blends of herbs and spices to give as little holiday gifts.
What inspired me to make Rosemary Salt?
My recipe was inspired by the Rosemary Salt from Eatwell Farms that I bought at the Ferry Building Farmers Market when I went to San Francisco. All summer I ate it on tomatoes, grilled veggies, and chicken, and from the first time I tasted it, I knew I wanted to try making some.
What ingredients do you need?
- coarse ground sea salt (affiliate link
- ground rosemary (affiliate link)
How my recipe has evolved:
When I first made this recipe I used coarse sea salt and cracked rosemary. But through the years I started to dislike the woody pieces of the cracked rosemary. Then I discovered ground rosemary and never looked back! I’ve been using that for many years now.
How to Make Rosemary Salt:
- All you need is coarse ground sea salt and ground rosemary to make this!
- Put ingredients in a food processor with the steel blade.
- Pulse a few times, just until ingredients are well-combined and some of the salt crystals are a bit more cracked.
- Store in a glass jar. You can also put it in small Ziploc bags with a card staples on for an easy gift idea.
Suggested uses for the flavored salt:
- Use sparingly, as you would regular salt.
- Sprinkle on fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, or avocado.
- This is an excellent seasoning for eggs, potatoes, butternut squash, or chicken.
- Rosemary Salt is delicious on any type of roasted or grilled vegetables.
Want more ideas for holiday food gifts?
Check out Spice Blends to Give for a Holiday Gift for lots more ideas for seasonal gifts when you don’t want to give sweets!
After I used all the Rosemary Salt I bought in San Francisco, I came up with this recipe to make it at home! Give it for a homemade food gift, or cut the recipe down if you're just making some for yourself.
- 3 cups sea salt crystals
- 1/2 cup ground rosemary
- Put salt and ground rosemary in the food processor and process with steel blade about 15 seconds, until salt and rosemary are well combined.
- Store rosemary salt in a glass jar.
This recipe created by Kalyn, inspired by Rosemary Salt purchased in San Francisco!
Historical Notes for this recipe:
Years ago Kalyn’s Kitchen was part of Holiday Recipes at Oprah.com, and this was one of the recipes featured there. This recipe was first posted in 2006 and was updated with better photos and an easier version of the recipe in 2021.
17 Comments on “Rosemary Salt”
Can you grind fresh rosemary and use it?
I haven’t tried that, but I think the fresh rosemary would have to be dried first or it would decompose in the salt.
I have a large rosemary in my herb garden which I use more than several times a week. Should I dry it before making this salt or will the salt dry it this making it more savory?
I have only made it with dried rosemary, but I do think the freshly-dried rosemary will be amazing in this. I have rosemary this year, so I should make some and update the photos!
I found my rosemary sea salt at a Paris neighborhood market when we were there. It is so wonderful on so many things. It would make a lovely gift! Great idea and I have rosemary growing in the front and back yards!
this is a great idea. I can “smell” the salt mix you put together. Morning comes, I need to get out and snip some fresh rosemary and dry them out to make this blend. Thanks for sharing this nice gift idea Kalyn!
Rosemarry Salt – sound like wonderful idea! Def to try out when I have rosemarry on hand!
I’m glad you all like this idea, I love the rosemary salt from Eatwell Farms so much, I had to try making it. Lucky you who have your own fresh rosemary still. Love the sound of some of other salts like the fennel/lemon peel salt and Sher’s citrus salt. (Sher, please share your recipe.)
More herb blends coming up the next two days.
Christine, yes a clone of Rand would be great. I’m so lucky to have him.
Mmmm, rosemary salt all over my roast potatoes, I definitely think so…
I love the idea of this and I love the packaging with your card attached. I consider myself very lucky to have one of those cards, as you tucked it into the South Beach Cooking for Holidays cookbook that I won. Now, would someone please work on cloning Rand for the benefit of the rest of the food blogging world? :)))
This looks gorgeous – Would make a great rub for steak I think.
Wonderful!! I made some citrus salt last week, but haven’t gotten around to posting it. Note to self: Do it! :):)
Wonderful idea! I have three rosemary plants that have survived a mild winter in my garden, where nothing else is growing at the moment. I was about to dig them up and give the plants to friends who will tend them over the winter….but rosemary salt is an even better idea.
Cracked rosemary…too funny…looks like a fun present!
What a wonderful idea to give salt blends as gifts! I just recieved one yesterday from a friend that had fennel seed and lemon peel with sea salt.
I would have never thought to make it myself though, I will have to remember that for next year, maybe thinking ahead I can pick up a few jars here and there.
I love this idea for holiday gifts! It’s so difficult to make all those sweets to give away without indulging a little myself. Though I’m making little individual pumpkin breads to give as teacher gifts this year, I’m going to keep this suggestion in mind for future holiday seasons.
Thank you for the great idea. Rosemary grows well in my garden. I definitley try the recipe!