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Soup secrets: 4 ways to add flavor without adding salt

This time of year, we get lots of questions about how to create flavorful dishes without adding too much salt, especially when it comes to soups. Is it possible to have low-sodium soup with high flavor? The answer is yes! Here are 4 ways to add flavor to soups without adding salt. 

  1. Start with an onion and some other aromatic veggie (like carrots, celery, peppers, and garlic) and sauté before adding the liquid to the pot. This helps to draw out the aromas from your veggies. “Sweating” out these veggies beforehand ensures you’ll get maximum flavor.




  1. Season with herbs. Dried herbs are very potent and flavorful, making them a great addition to soups. Because of their potency, a little amount goes a long way. Experiment with dried sage, dried thyme, dried oregano and dried bay leaves. A great place in our stores to try new herbs is the bulk spice area found in our natural and organic department. You can buy as little or as much of a spice as you need. You're also able to smell the spices to get an idea of their flavor. 


  1. Choose unsalted or low sodium chicken stock. We recommend Kitchen Basics Unsalted Chicken Stock because it is more concentrated, and, therefore, more flavorful than broth. 




  1. Taste the soup before serving. If the broth or stock is too bland, season with a small pinch of salt and/or pepper. Remember, salt is added to highlight the flavors of the ingredients, not to make them taste salty.


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Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.


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