Tips for Seasoning Spring Dishes
Spring has practically sprung and it’s time to swap out heavy winter dishes in favor of fresh, light and seasonal spring dishes. While salads are a refreshing option, grilled proteins from burgers to fish (and everything in between) are completely versatile with many seasonal vegetables and pasta dishes. So lighten up this spring… and use True Salt Co.’s varieties of pure, clean sea salt to enhance the flavors of everything in the kitchen!
Salads — Rather than being served before dinner or alongside an entrée, salads take the main stage in spring. With a variety of lettuces, proteins, vegetables and toppings, spring salads can be as light or as hearty as one chooses.
Whether choosing an ethnic culinary theme (Japanese or Asian salad with rice or ramen noodles for example, or Mexican salad with black beans and corn salsa) for a salad or tossing some favorite ingredients together (raw vegetables add great crunch) consider the ingredients when seasoning the salad.
When a variety of ingredients are already incorporated, the salad may only require a finishing sprinkle of sea salt to enhance and bring the dish together, while other salads that have more subtle ingredients could use not only the flavor of sea salt but the crunch and texture of a heartier grain to bring it to completion.
Grilled Meats, Poultry and Seafood — Spring is the season to fire up the grill! But seasoning proteins is not a “one size fits all” scenario. For example, more delicate fish might not need as much seasoning as a big juicy steak. Certain proteins only need a modest amount of seasoning to enhance their flavors while others might do best with more seasoning to give them a boost of needed flavors.
It’s also important to “bone up” on how certain proteins accept seasonings to ensure they don’t get under or over seasoned. Grilling is not limited to proteins of course! Grilled mushrooms are a great alternative to beef burgers, while a variety of grilled vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, onions, bell peppers and more can serve as a great topping for any kind of burger or as a great side dish. Using complementary flavors to the seasoning used on the burgers will help bring this meal together.
Pasta — Rather than served as a hearty dish of spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna, pasta can be lighted up in spring with fresh flavors of lemon, olive oil, garlic, tomatoes or even just a sprinkling of salt, pepper and parmesan shavings. When preparing to boil, go ahead and season the water with some sea salt to allow the pasta to absorb the flavor as it cooks. And instead of serving pasta hot, spring calls for cool pasta dishes rife with fresh veggies.
Regardless of what is being served up this spring, most any dish is not complete until it has a little dash or hearty dose of sea salt! When tossing together a salad, grilling up some meat or vegetables or preparing pasta this season, put all of True Salt Co.’s sea salt varieties to the test!