Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning Blend
By Todd Wilbur
So here's the challenge with this clone recipe: get the right ratios for nearly 20 different spices, and come up with a way to get the same lemony tang that makes the real Mrs. Dash the tasty salt-free seasoning blend we've come to know and love over the years. Sure, we could use powdered citric acid, or sour salt. But then we still need to figure out the "lemon juice solids" part. Ah, but wait, there's citric acid and lemon juice solids in Kool-Aid unsweetened lemonade drink mix. It's perfect! Add a little of that drink powder to the spice blend and we have a clone that in a taste test could fool even Mr. Dash.
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- 1/4 cup crushed dried minced onion flakes (see Tidbits)
- 4 teaspoons crushed dried vegetable flakes (Schilling)
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
- 2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/4 teaspoon Kool-Aid unsweetened lemonade drink mix
- Pinch crushed dried rosemary
- Do This
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well. As you stir, crush the leafy spices for a finer blend.
2. Store the spice blend in a covered container or a sealed shaker bottle.
Makes about 2/3 cup.
Tidbits: It's best to use a mortar and pestle to crush these sometimes tough little onion and vegetable flakes to about the size of rice, before adding them to the mix. If you don't have one of those handy kitchen tools, you may also use the back of a spoon and a small sturdy bowl.
I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker
For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.