Low-Sodium Recipes

Updated:Oct 7,2014

You won't miss the salt when you taste these dishes. These recipes are brought to you exclusively online by the American Heart Association's Patient Education program.

Snacks and Appetizers

Cranberry Spritzer
When the mercury climbs, the only thing melting will be the rainbow sherbet in this tangy and slightly tart, very refreshing drink.

Watermelon and Strawberry Salsa
Whether served at room temperature or chilled, this refreshing salsa is terrific with no-salt-added baked tortilla chips or spooned over fat-free vanilla yogurt.

Four-Onion Dip
Four sources of onion team up to create a robust dip reminiscent of the traditional onion soup party dip, but with much less sodium.

Fresh Tomatillo-Poblano Salsa with Tortilla Wedges
This lively-tasting salsa will make you feel as if you’re dining in an authentic Mexican restaurant!

Garlicky Greek Yogurt Dip
Whether you serve this quick mixture as a dip, spread, or condiment, you will love having it in your recipe repertoire.

White Bean and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus 
For a switch from the usual side dishes you have with lunch, try this easy-to-make hummus, served with raw veggies.

Breakfast and Fruit

Buttermilk Pancakes with Apple Cinnamon Topping 
These tender pancakes are made with whole-wheat flour, which gives them a healthy twist. The spicy-sweet apple topping is a real treat.

Breakfast Crostini
Crostini, an Italian word that means “little toasts,” are usually served as an appetizer. These nutritious egg-and-vegetable crostini, however, are a great way to start your day.

Tropical Fruit Dippers
Feel free to substitute your favorite seasonal fruits for the pineapple and mango dippers. Some good ones to try include berries, pears, and apples.

Sides

Sugar Snap Peas with Sweet-and-Sour Sauce 
In just a couple of minutes, you can enjoy a colorful and tasty side dish that is perfect to serve with grilled flank steak or stir-fried chicken tenders.

Broccoli with Jalapeño and Garlic 
Tender-crisp broccoli tossed with garlic, jalapeño, cumin, and lime juice is a good complement for almost any Tex-Mex entrée. If you like a lot of heat, leave the ribs and some of the seeds in the jalapeño when you make this dish.

Eggplant with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
Roasted red bell pepper relish adds a burst of color atop thick slices of lightly browned eggplant.

Glazed Sweet Potato Cubes 
A holiday meal doesn’t seem complete without sweet potatoes. This healthful version will be a family favorite for years to come.

Lemon Green Beans with Parsley and Almonds 
The lively taste of lemon and the wonderful crunch of dry-roasted almonds add the perfect accents to fresh green beans.

Savory Sweet Potato Fries
Savory seasonings provide zesty flavor to vibrantly colored, nutrition-rich oven-fried sweet potatoes.

Lemon-Thyme Roasted Potatoes 
Roasting lemons caramelizes their peel, making it soft and removing its natural bitterness. Here the caramelized peel is minced so the tiny pieces can easily be distributed among the roasted red potato halves.

Soups and Salads

Italian Gazpacho 
Gazpacho, a Spanish soup served chilled or at room temperature, goes Italian with the addition of lots of fresh basil.

Beef Tagine 
This quick-cooking version of tagine, a Moroccan meat and vegetable stew slow-simmered with spices and served over couscous, uses cubes of tender steak that are browned, then reheated in the fragrant stew.

Colorful Tuna Pasta Salad 
Some of the best recipes are the simplest, as this flavorful main dish salad proves. You can eat it as soon as you make it or prepare it up to 24 hours in advance.

Main Dishes


Grilled Chicken with Raspberry Glaze
This sweet and tart dish uses only five ingredients and is super-simple to put together. You can have it on the table in less than 30 minutes, making it the perfect entrée for a busy summer night.

Cranberry-Glazed Pork Tenderloin 
Create a new holiday memory with this festive pork tenderloin. The mouthwatering cranberry-orange sauce makes every bite special.

Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze 
Use simple ingredients likely to be found in your kitchen to create a far-from-ordinary glaze for this easy entrée. 

Halibut with Green Onions and Ginger
Quick and super-easy, this dish gets lots of flavor from the aromatic ingredients in the topping. Serve the fish with brown rice and your favorite green veggie for a healthful meal. 
 

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