Goodbye, Salt—Hello, Fresh Herbs
There’s a holiday for almost everything—“More Herbs, Less Salt Day” was last month, on August 29. But there’s still time for you to celebrate, even if you missed it. Early September is the perfect time to be reminded of why we should consume less salt and instead flavor our food with fresh herbs, which are at the peak of their harvest right now.
Here’s a good recipe to honor the occasion, courtesy of Please Don’t Pass the Salt. Instead of making the traditional salt, sugar, and mayonnaise-laden American potato salad, try the healthier, herb-laden Greek version!
Patatosalata (Greek Potato Salad)
2 – 2 ½ lbs. red potatoes
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 or 2 lemons
1 red onion, finely diced
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 or 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tsp. (or to taste) fresh oregano, dill, or mint
Bring washed potatoes to boil in a large pot of water. Lower heat and cook potatoes at simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes, or until they are just tender. Do not overcook. Drain water and let potatoes cool slightly to touch.
While potatoes are cooking, finely chop onion, parsley, garlic, and herbs. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice, and set aside. When potatoes are cooled, cut into slices or chunks, leaving skins on if desired. Place them in a large bowl, add dressing, and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Before serving, stir to redistribute dressing.
Why These Herbs Are Good for You
Parsley: Rich in antioxidants, parsley is anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and helps to build a healthy immune system. Read more about it HealthDiaries.com.
Oregano: The name is derived from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy), making it “the joy of the mountains” where it grows wild. Oregano is high in iron and manganese and has many other important health benefits.
Dill: Would you believe dill can relieve insomnia, hiccups, and diarrhea? And that’s not all. Check out these additional facts.
Mint: Used medicinally to aid digestion, mint is rich in Vitamins A and C, and has an interesting mythological history to boot.