Greek Salt

This Greek salt is made up of three staple ingredients. All you need is coarse salt, freshly picked thyme leaves and a few lemons. Use the salt to enhance any Greek dish, or as a flavouring for your favourite Mediterranean meal.

Greek Salt
Greek Salt
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Because of our Mediterranean lifestyle choice, and because I love the flavours, Greek food was a big part of our Christmas meze. I like to think of this way of living as using excellent olive oil, and drinking good red wine. Greek cuisine features a lot of vegetables and grains. And all sorts of protein are consumed, from fish to rabbit and goat. Feta cheese is synonymous with Greek cuisine, as are olives and yoghurt. Lemons and honey are used for flavour. And what would desserts be without filo pastry? Using thyme, a herb found in abundance in Greece, and lemons, I made Greek salt to add to our meze table.


Probably the best ever lemons can be found on the Amalfi coast of Italy, or in Sicily. We get a few varietals here, and as I mostly use the zest, I tend to go with a knobbly fruit, rather than one that is smooth. In South Africa, this is called a Eureka lemon. My salt used only the zest and as I don’t like waste, I cut the lemon into quarters once I was done zesting it. These quarters were then placed into a freezer bag and put into the freezer. When making a gin and tonic, I use the lemon quarters instead of ice. This is great on two fronts. One, it does not dilute my drink. And it adds the hint of lemon flavour necessary for a good G&T.


I have a small thyme ‘garden’ in a pot, and have at least 5 different varietals growing at any given time. My favourite to use is lemon thyme so this is one I always have in the pot. I use the leaves liberally when making a dish with mushrooms as I think it is a match made in heaven. You can plant thyme between stepping stones, and as you walk over the plants they will release an amazing fragrance. Like all herbs, they have a tendency to grow wild, so only plant them in your garden like this if you don’t mind how they will grow.

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Greek Salt

Use this salt for any Mediterranean dish
Recipe Category: Condiments
Makes enough for: 1 batch flavoured salt
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 250 g coarse salt
  • 6 g freshly picked thyme leaves
  • 2 lemons, zest only


  • Place the salt, thyme and lemon into a spice blender
  • Blitz until fine then pour out onto a baking tray to dry
  • Once the salt has dried, place into an airtight container, and use as needed
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19 thoughts on “Greek Salt

  1. I’ve never attempted to make a specialty salt. This sounds and looks delicious and would be fun to use in my cooking. My husband would love it with all the lemon zest.

  2. I have lemon thyme growing on the patio and all the other ingredients in the cupboard. I will be making this salt this weekend. I just bought a copy of Greek ish, so your recipe is perfect timing.

  3. A wonderful addition to any kitchen. Thank you for sharing this flavorful blend—it’s sure to elevate a variety of dishes with its Mediterranean flair! Can’t wait to try it out!

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