finishing salt recipe with lime and rosemary

Fresh Herb Finishing Salt Recipe

A fresh herb finishing salt is a flavorful condiment and a creative way to preserve the freshness of the herb garden for use throughout the year. Herb finishing salt can be used to flavor fresh vegetables from the garden or garnish your other culinary creations. It is easy to make and packed with aromatherapy, making the preparation process a therapeutic journey in itself.

Finishing salt made with fresh garden herbs

I have had a garden loaded with herbs this year! I renovated my kitchen garden last year and it has taken off like a rocket. I have giant rosemary, sage, oregano, and mint plants that refuse to be contained, a wine box herb garden, and I even planted some pretty little herbs in my table as you can see in this Deck Makeover project. I’m harvesting, preparing, and giving away a LOT of herbs to the point where my neighbors are locking their doors and closing the blinds when they see me coming with an armful of greenery!

salt with lime and rosemary

I’m kidding, of course.

They don’t seem to mind herb deliveries all that much. How could they? Fresh herbs smell fabulous and have such a large effect on health and well-being.

store finishing salt in a glass jar

And with so many herbs growing in the garden, a finishing salt is a great way to preserve their flavor and bring it to meals throughout the year.

I made these little jars of rosemary lime herb finishing salt for the Burpee Home Gardens dinner event that I hosted a few weeks ago. Thankfully, I had a ton of fresh rosemary because I had to make 25 jars of herb salt. I’ve pared the recipe down to 10 jars to make it a bit more manageable, but you can scale it up or down depending on how many jars you want to make in the end.

salt with fresh herbs

Rosemary Lime Herb Finishing Salt

Makes 10 x 4oz jars


  • 4 cups coarse sea salt
  • 4 cups fresh rosemary leaves
  • 4 large limes

rosemary lime finishing salt recipe

Make it!

Harvest fresh herbs from the garden and use them for this recipe within a week. Dried herbs don’t have the essential oils and aroma to make this salt something special.

Remove the leaves from the stems of rosemary. The stems are too woody; you just want the tender green leaves for this recipe. To remove the leaves, pinch the stem at the top with your fingers and hold the top of the sprig of rosemary with your other hand. Pull down on the branch to remove the leaves.

fresh rosemary salt

Add the leaves to a powerful food processor or Vitamix blender, or hand cut the herbs finely. I used the dry attachment of my Vitamix and it made quick work of chopping up the rosemary leaves. I went from almost a full blender of leaves to about two cups of chopped-up leaves in seconds.

fresh herbal salt

Add the coarse salt to the blender/food processor and pulse to grind up the salt to your desired texture. I like to have a few larger grains of salt in the mix, but at least 80% of it is fine.

Mix the leaves with the salt in a large bowl. Add the zest of four limes and stir. Leave the salt, lime, and rosemary to infuse for another week before packaging up in small terrine-lidded jars.

finishing salt with spoon

Serve herb finishing salt with a tiny wooden pinch spoon because a) it’s cute and b) it keeps fingers out of the salt.

Update: I bought the adorable 1″ wood scoops for $2 each at The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver, BC. They don’t sell online yet but according to the website they have an online shop coming soon. I’ve been looking for an online source of these little scoops but the smallest I can find is these 3″ wood scoops. If I find an online source for the smaller ones, I’ll be sure to post it here.

Fresh Herb Finishing Salt from the Garden

Use a dash of finishing salt on meat and fresh vegetables from the garden to add a little bit of extra freshness and garden flavor to every meal.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Judy Fisher
    Judy FisherOctober 8,17

    Where did you get the tiny wood pinch spoon?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 16,17

      I’m looking for one online but can’t find one as small as mine. The smallest there are out there are 3″ I bought mine locally at the Soap Dispensary in Vancouver BC.

  2. Claudia Phillips
    Claudia PhillipsOctober 10,17

    I can’t wait to try this! What a great way to use herbs.

  3. June
    JuneOctober 15,17

    how long does it keep?

  4. Peggy Hartnett
    Peggy HartnettOctober 15,17

    Wonderful idea! Thank you for all your awesome posts!
    May I ask, where can I purchase the little pinch spoons u attach to your salt jars?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 16,17

      Hi Peggy, thanks for your question. I have been looking for them online and can’t seem to find them anywhere! I bought mine at a local apothecary store: The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver, BC. I’ll keep looking for an online seller though.

  5. Lynda Ramage
    Lynda RamageOctober 15,17

    If we made this in Oct., would it be any good for a Christmas gift? Just curious. Do love the recipe and thank you for that. Something I haven’t tried yet.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 16,17

      Hi Lynda, yes, absolutely! It should last for up to 6 months, and it seems to keep the aroma just as dried herbs would. These would make a lovely Christmas gift. And good for you for thinking of it so early!

  6. Sue
    SueOctober 16,17

    I am also curious how long the salt will keep its rosemary flavor. Great minds think alike b/c I thought this would make terrific Christmas gifts. Thanks for the recipe. :)

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 16,17

      Hi Sue, It will be good for at least 6 months. The salt acts as a preservative. The herbs perform like dried herbs do – they seem to fade somewhat at the 6-month mark. Which is good timing as the herb garden should be grown in again by then!

  7. Vicki Corcoran
    Vicki CorcoranOctober 17,17

    Great idea for this xmas gift giving. I have an abundance of Thyme. Any thoughts on using that in a similar way?

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