Salt . . . Optional?
At the Noil Kitchen, added salt is kept to the bare minimum or omitted completely. Using salt is always optional, not just because you can simply omit, but often there are flavor boosting options offered; those options follow the instructions in recipes, noted as “SOS free option” (salt-free, oil-free, sugar-free). Citrus, like lime or lemon juice squeezed on a dish just before service brightens the flavors and reduces or eliminates the desire for salt. Spices and spice blends offer a boost in flavor where salt had been previously used.
When there is salt added, I use small quantities of miso, olives or sea salt. Miso adds a much fuller taste than plain salt and has way less sodium by amount. I use sweet white miso and chickpea miso because they each have enough natural sweetness that it often reduces the need for additional sweeteners as listed above, but there are many kinds of miso to try. Misos do vary in sodium content, anywhere from 200mg to 800mg per serving which is usually 2 tsps., so it is a really good to read and compare the nutrition labels and choose the one(s) best for you. Organic misos can be found at health food stores, Asian markets, local coops and other well-stocked grocery stores. The salt content for olives used in condiments can be reduced by soaking them in filtered water and draining off the water.