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Use herbs and you won’t even miss the salt

Flavorful herb laced dressing perks up summer's best beans tomatoes.

Flavorful herb laced dressing perks up summer's best beans and tomatoes.

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Updated: October 6, 2012 6:03AM



The delicious made-from-scratch vinaigrette on the Fresh Bean and Tomato Salad, created by Spice Islands, makers of herbs and spices, is a perfect solution for M.L.P. of Arlington Heights, who wanted a low-sodium dressing.

Also, Lou Bank shares his decadent recipe for South-of-the-Border Banana Pudding for M.W. of Oak Brook.

Bank created his recipe — time-consuming, but worth every hour — for a Cinco de Mayo menu at Inspiration Cafe.

Spice Islands culinary wizards offer tips on how to reduce your salt intake:

† When eliminating salt in a recipe, increase the recipe’s amounts of herbs and spices by 25 percent (for example, if a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of oregano, use 1¼ teaspoons).

† Use onion powder and garlic powder in place of onion salt and garlic salt.

† If a recipe calls for fresh herbs and you only have dried on hand, simply use 1/3 to ½ as much dry for fresh.

† For long-cooking soups and stews, reduce the salt. And then save about ¼ of the spices called for and add them at the end of cooking for more intense flavor.

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