This fabulous Tuscan Herbed Sea Salt blend is a magical seasoning with an intoxicating aroma that transforms everything from ordinary to extraordinarily delicious. It's like taking a culinary journey to Italy!
A while back I noticed that my daughter, Cait had a little jar of seasoning on her counter, near the stove. Being
a little quite nosy when it comes to anything culinary, I picked it up and saw that the label was written in Italian, Sale Marino alle Erbe Toscane (Tuscan Herbed Sea Salt).
So fragrant and delicious!
I opened the cover and took a sniff... oh my! The aroma was heavenly and if I closed my eyes, I found myself transported to a sunny Tuscan hillside with wild rosemary and sage growing all around, the brilliantly azure Mediterranean sparkling in the distance.
I tried it on scrambled eggs and the flavor was fabulous. Next, it went on chicken, then steak and pretty soon I began sprinkling it on everything as it just seemed to enhance the flavor of whatever it touched.
I knew that I needed this magical seasoning in my life. I checked online and although Tuscan Herbed Sea Salt is available, it's quite pricey for a small jar or bag. I decided to try to make my own and, with a bit of experimenting, I think I've come quite close to the original. 🙌
How to make Tuscan Herbed Sea Salt
Although you could probably make this Tuscan Herbed Sea by hand, it's easiest with a food processor. How does it work? Simply gather a handful of fresh rosemary and sage. Those are the main ingredients, although I like to also add a few sprigs of oregano, parsley and thyme along with a few cloves of garlic. Run your knife through the herbs to nicely chop them (this makes it easer to get an accurate measurement) then combine the herbs and a small portion of the fine sea salt in a food processor.
Pulse, pulse, pulse and let the processor finely chop everything to a fine sandy green consistency. Add a few cloves of garlic and pulse again till finely ground. Then combine this fragrant herby mixture with more fine sea salt and a scoop of black pepper on a sheet pan. Pretend you're back in the sandbox and mix the salt herb mixture with your hands till well combined (the fragrance is amazing!). Place the sheet pan in the oven for 30 minutes, then turn off the oven and let it all cool. That's it! So easy... so delicious!
A fun gift that any cook will love
I've already given away a bunch of this Tuscan Herbed Sea Salt and I'm about to make a new batch, as I'm running low. It makes a wonderful hostess gift and a special treat for neighbors, friends, teachers, hairdressers... anyone who enjoys cooking. We've created a pretty label to make jars of this Tuscan Sea Salt really pretty and we're happy to share a PDF for the free printable labels.
Just scroll to the bottom of this post and leave a comment in the comment box letting us know that you'd like to receive the labels. We'll send them to you via email along with instructions for printing and links for the jars pictured in the post.
So, RUN to the store (and/or out to your herb garden). Pick up some fine sea salt and fresh herbs. You definitely want this Tuscan Herbed Sea Salt in your life. Once you start using it, you'll want to sprinkle it on EVERYTHING. Plus, it's a really inexpensive way to take a trip to Italy!
Café Tips for making this Tuscan Herbed Sea Salt (Sale alle Erbe)
- I love the pretty jars pictured above with cork lids for gifting this Tuscan Herbed Sea Salt. The seasoning blend stays nice and fresh but it's really easy to open up quickly when cooking. In addition to the cork lid, the order includes a plastic lid which is great if you want to use them for yogurt or salad dressing or sauces.
- If you don't have an herb garden and/or don't want to buy a variety of herbs for this recipe, just use rosemary, sage (and the garlic and pepper). Those are the primary herbs used for Tuscan seasoning.
- Be sure to use fine sea salt. The herbs will not blend as nicely with a coarse ground salt. I like to use either Morton or Alessi Fine Mediterranean Sea Salt which I can find at my local grocery store, although there are other nice fine Mediterranean sea salts available elsewhere.
- Although you will use a food processor to finely chop the herbs in this recipe, it's important to roughly chop them with a knife before measuring. This not only makes the measuring more accurate, it also keeps the food processor blades from getting stuck with the herbs.
- I use my mini food processor to make this Tuscan Herb Sea Salt. I really love this little kitchen workhorse. It's reasonably priced, easy to get out, doesn't take up much storage space, works GREAT and the parts go right into the dishwasher for cleaning. A regular size food processor will also work.
- It's not necessary but I like to use my kitchen scale to make this seasoning salt. I've included the measurements in grams and cups/tablespoons below.
- Although I love freshly ground black pepper, I don't use that in this recipe. It's better to use a finely ground black pepper as it will be distributed better throughout the seasoning mixture and it makes for a prettier presentation.
Thought for the day:
And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice,
"Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"
But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth
could open the scroll or even look inside it.
I wept and wept because no one was found
who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
Then one of the elders said to me,
"Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne,
encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.
He had seven horns and seven eyes,
which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
He came and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
And when He had taken it,
the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb.
Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense,
which are the prayers of the saints.
And they sang a new song:
"You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain,
and with Your blood, You purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
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- ¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves 12g
- ¼ cup chopped fresh sage leaves 5g
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves 3g
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 1g
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves 1 g
- 17-18 ounces fine Mediterranean sea salt 500g or right around 2 cups (I use Morton or Alessi fine Mediterranean Sea Salt)
- 2 medium garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon fine ground black pepper 2.3g
Preheat the oven to 200˚F. Set aside a 12x18-inch sheet pan.
Combine all of the chopped herbs in the bowl of a food processor (I use my mini food processor). Add ¼ cup of the fine sea salt. Pulse until everything is finely chopped and the consistency is like slightly damp sand.
Add the garlic cloves and pulse again until the garlic is invisible and well incorporated. The texture at this point will be more like wet sand.
Combine the remaining fine sea salt and the herb mixture on the 12x18-inch sheet pan. Be sure to scrape out all the good herb stuff from the sides and bottom of the food processor bowl. Add the pepper and, using your hands, mix until well combined. It should be a pretty green color at this point.
Place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven, allowing the mixture to cool and continue to dry out for another 30-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Rub the mixture with your hands to break up any lumps. Any smaller lumps can be crushed with the back of a spoon. Transfer to airtight storage jars when completely cooled. Sprinkle it on everything (well, maybe not ice cream or brownies!).
See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips to ensure success.
The herbs do not need to be chopped super fine before adding the food processor. The processor will do that. But you do want to chop them up a bit so you can properly measure them. Also, I've found that whole herb leaves can get stuff in the blades of the food processor.