Flavoring with Lemon Instead of Salt #TableTheSalt

Did you know that almost all Americans consume more sodium than is recommended?  Fast foods and convenience foods are the biggest culprits, but most of us could use less sodium in our diets.  Sunkist S’alternative is hoping to help to change this trend!

Flavoring with lemon instead of salt is a great and tasty way to help reduce the amount of sodium in foods cooked at home.  The Sunkist S'Alternative project tested multiple recipes with various ingredients, to discover that the use of Sunkist lemons may allow for significant reduction of salt in recipes with no adverse effect of flavor.

We had to try it out for ourselves. Can we really use lemon as an alternative to salt? We checked out the Sunkist website to find out the ratios and decided to try out lemon pepper shrimp on the grill, along with a lemon-butter to top our grilled baked potatoes.  They were tasty!

Shrimp marinade:
5 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix ingredients together, skewer the shrimp, and brush with marinade while grilling.

Lemon-butter for potatoes:
4 Tbsp butter
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt

Melt butter, mix in lemon juice, zest and salt.
Cut potatoes in half after baking and brush with butter.  (We also do this on the grill.)

I also love this handy dandy inforgraphic from Sunkist for how to substitute lemon for salt in different dishes.

We love the idea of substituting lemon for salt and there are some amazing recipes for it on the Sunkist website.  Which one would you love to try?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sunkist. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I love lemons but have not tried using them instead of salt. Thanks for the idea and link to the recipes.


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