Gomasio: the Healthy Salt Alternative!

If you like the sass that is salt flavoring in your food but want to make healthier choices, Gomasio is your healthy salt alternative!

As a long-time, self-confessed condiment queen, my pantry and refrigerator offer quite the array of various food enhancers and garnishes for crunch, spice, sass, saltiness, color, beauty, and nourishment. I am very much taken by food that looks lovely, inspires a wow response upon tasting, and is infused with as much nutrient density as possible. Gomasio, a combination of dulse (a mineral-rich sea vegetable) and sunflower or sesame seeds was introduced to me a few decades ago and fast became essential. The dulse hosts a healthy dose of iodine with a satisfying salty taste and the toasted seeds a delish nuttiness.

While consuming sea vegetables may seem frightful to some, combined with the toasted sunflower or sesame seeds and even those with the faintest of taste-buds are sure to love this healthy salt alternative.


Gomasio: the Healthy Salt Alternative!

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  • Approximately 3 cups loosely packed dulse
  • 1/3 – ½ cup sunflower seeds


  1. Lay dulse out in a thin layer on a ceramic or parchment lined baking sheet, place in the oven with the light on, close the door and leave overnight or until dry and crunchy. Alternatively, use a dehydrator as directed.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the sunflower seeds in a large skillet over medium heat until bronzed. Let cool.
  3. Using a coffee grinder whirl the seeds until crushed – only a short time otherwise they will become pasty or butter like. Pour into a glass jar.
  4. Next whirl dulse until well crumbled and add to the sunflower seeds. Cover the jar and shake well.
  5. Top your salads with a heaping teaspoon for a nourishing and healthy protein, fat, and mineral-rich salt alternative. Store in a cool, dark cupboard or refrigerate for up for 2–3 weeks.

Teri’s Tip

An alternative is to use raw or toasted sesame or pumpkin seeds in place of the sunflower seeds; or combine all three for an eclectic treat. The toasted versions are a fragrant treat while the raw seeds have the added benefits of increased digestive enzymes so make a batch of each.


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