homemade popcorn seasoning salt with a plate of lavender, nutritional yeast, mustard, thyme, and pink peppercorns

Easy Homemade Popcorn Seasoning Recipe with Lavender & Pink Peppercorn

Who doesn’t love popcorn?! No, seriously… who doesn’t love popcorn? Ok, admittedly, there are probably some who don’t really care for popcorn. And corn allergies are a real thing. But other than that, popcorn is a delicious, easy, and healthful food to munch on. Learn how to level up your popcorn game with this DIY recipe for popcorn seasoning that includes botanical goodies like lavender, pink peppercorn, thyme, and more.

Plus, this seasoning doubles as an all-purpose herbal salt that you can sprinkle on anything!

HERE YOU’LL FIND:
The Benefits of Going Botanical with Your Popcorn Seasoning
How to Make Popcorn Seasoning Salt
More Herbal Seasoning Salt Recipes You’ll Love
Popcorn Seasoning Tips & Tricks
Recipe for Popcorn Seasoning with Lavender and Pink Peppercorn

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The Benefits of Going Botanical

The thing about popcorn is that it can either be an incredibly healthy and satisfying snack, or it can be a snack full of unhealthy and/or artificial flavoring ingredients that, well… aren’t so great for our health.

Luckily, healthy homemade popcorn seasoning is so simple to make.

This recipe for popcorn seasoning isn’t your typical butter and salt, or caramel, or even cheddar cheese popcorn seasoning. Instead it includes nutritive and medicinal herbs that we could all use more of in our every day anyway.

Granted, the amounts of these beneficial herbs and spices you’ll be getting in each bite are relatively small. However, it’s in squeezing these herbs and spices into our everyday pantry staples like salt, honey, go-to herb and spice blends, vinegar, and oil that we can more easily take advantage of the tonic benefits of cooking with herbs.

Adding these anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herbs and spices to your salt, perhaps the most basic pantry staple of them all, is such an easy way to bank up more of the health-promoting power of the plants in your body.

The more herbs and spices we include in our day, the more nourished our bodies are, the more resistant we become to stress and disease, and the more empowered we become in our innate abilities to take control of our own health and wellness.

I mean, let’s be real: if plain ol’ salt and an aromatic herbal salt full of botanical goodies were in a contest, there’s a clear winner.

(In case it’s not obvious, the herbal salt full of nutritive botanical goodies is the winner. 😉)

homemade popcorn seasoning salt with a plate of lavender, nutritional yeast, mustard, thyme, and pink peppercorns

How to Make Lavender & Pink Peppercorn Seasoning Salt

Making homemade popcorn seasoning takes less than 5 minutes! It can be as easy as stirring powdered herbs and/or spices into salt. Voilá!

But if the herbs and spices you’re using aren’t already powdered, you’ll need to powder them first. Here’s how to make this popcorn seasoning salt with lavender, pink peppercorn, thyme, and more.

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Spice Grinder (like THIS one) or Mortar and Pestle (I find unpolished granite sets, like THIS one, to be the most effective for grinding spices.)
  • Spice Jar with an Air-Tight Lid (like THIS one with a convenient shaker top)

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:

With the exception of lavender flowers, you can find many of these ingredients at conventional grocers. Alternatively, Mountain Rose Herbs carries a vast selection of organic and fair-trade herbs and spices, including lavender.

  • Dried Lavender Flowers
  • Pink Peppercorns
  • Thyme Leaf (or substitute Rosemary Leaf)
  • Ground Mustard
  • High-Quality Fine Grain Sea Salt
  • Optional, but highly recommended: Nutritional Yeast

METHOD:

  1. Powder the herbs and spices: Add dried lavender flowers, pink peppercorn, and thyme leaf to either a spice/coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle. Grind to a uniform powdered consistency.

    If using a mortar and pestle, it can be helpful to add in a small amount of the sea salt. I find that the abrasiveness of the salt helps to grind the herbs more effectively.
  1. Combine with salt & other ingredients: In a small bowl, combine powdered herbs together with sea salt, mustard, and if using, the nutritional yeast. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  1. Store in a glass jar: Add your herbal seasoning salt to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, such as a spice jar, small mason jar, or a clean and dry upcycled glass jar.
  1. Shake on some popcorn: Then pop yourself some stovetop popcorn or use your favorite quick and easy hot air popcorn popper and get to seasoning!
homemade popcorn seasoning in glass spice jar with bowl of popcorn and lavender
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Popcorn Seasoning Tips & Tricks

What type of salt should I use?

The best type of salt to use for popcorn seasoning is a very fine grain salt. Fine grain salt, as opposed to coarse salt, will adhere to the popcorn much better. Plus, it makes for a much more pleasant eating experience.

If you’re a household that uses a salt grinder or just doesn’t have a fine grain sea salt, you can use your spice grinder or mortar and pestle to grind the salt to a finer consistency.

Sea salt is generally a much more healthful option than iodized table salts. You can find high-quality sea salts in many groceries and online retailers.

Here are some good salt options for your herbal salt-making endeavors:

How do you get seasoning to stick to popcorn?

You need something wet! Melted butter is a popular choice. And while you could use a plant-based butter, my personal favorite seasoning is a lil’ drizzle of olive oil. You could also use coconut oil, avocado oil, or another oil of choice. I’m a big fan of the flavor that olive oil brings to the popcorn party.

Plus, olive oil suits the Mediterranean vibe of this lavender and pink peppercorn salt. And this organic olive oil spray makes even application real easy!

Other options include a squeeze of lemon or lime juice or even your favorite hot sauce.

How do I store this salt?

To get the most out of your herbal salt, store it properly. As with all herbs and spices, store this herbal salt in an air-tight container, in a cool and dry location, and out of direct sunlight.

Exposure to direct sunlight and heat will decrease the nutrient value of the herbs and spices used in your salt by degrading the vitamins and minerals. Poorly stored (or old) herbs and spices tend to have a less vibrant color and less potent aroma, a sure sign of lower quality herbs and spices.

And on the other hand, exposure to moisture may cause the herbal salt to clump, making it really frustrating to use.

Personally, I’m a big fan of the spice jars that have tight-fitting lids with built-in shaker tops like these basic glass spice jars. They keep the elements out, while also making it easy to shake some salt onto your popcorn.

But sometimes fancy salts call for fancy storage containers. And while they don’t come with a shaker top, these spice jars with bamboo lids are perfect for your homemade herbal salts and spice blends. Just use a small spoon to sprinkle the salt onto your popcorn.

Upcycled glass jars or mason jars also work. Just use what you have!

How long does this seasoning salt keep?

If stored properly, homemade herbal seasoning salts can last up to a year. To get the most of your salt, be sure to store in a dry and cool location away from direct sunlight.

Just use your senses to tell if the herbal salt is no longer any good. When your herbal salts change color or lose their vibrancy or smell, it’s probably time to toss them and make some new ones. This is generally a sure sign that the herbs and spices are pretty devoid of nutrients.

Looking for other ways to use this homemade popcorn seasoning?

Luckily, this seasoning is delicious as an all-purpose herbal salt. Sprinkle this seasoning salt on roasted veggies or salads. It also makes for a unique sprinkle on top of avocado toast, fresh sliced tomatoes, or a roasted carrot and beet salad.

You can use this seasoning salt anyway you’d use regular table salt. In fact, I recommend that you keep in on your dinner table next to your regular salt and pepper. This is the easiest way to make sure you remember to use your extra nutritive salt blends!

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Homemade Popcorn Seasoning Salt with Lavender & Pink Peppercorn

Course: SnacksCuisine: Vegan, Gluten FreeDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

5

minutes
Quantity

1/4

cup

This homemade popcorn seasoning salt brings a unique and delicious flavor to the popcorn party! With just the right amount floral from the lavender, savory from the thyme, and spice from the pink peppercorn, the seasoning salt is a perfect addition to your movie nights. Plus, it doubles as an all-purpose, antioxidant-rich herbal salt that can be used in any way you’d normally use salt.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon lavender flowers, dried

  • 2 teaspoons thyme, dried

  • 2 teaspoons pink peppercorn

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1/4 cup fine grain sea salt

  • Optional: 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

Directions

  • Add dried lavender flowers, pink peppercorns, and thyme leaf to either a spice/coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle. Grind to a uniform powdered consistency.

    If using a mortar and pestle, it can be helpful to add in a small amount of the sea salt. I find that the abrasiveness of the salt helps to grind the herbs more effectively.
  • In a small bowl, combine powdered herbs together with sea salt, mustard, and if using, the nutritional yeast. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Then sprinkle away!

    Store your herbal seasoning salt in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, such as a spice jar, small mason jar, or a clean and dry upcycled glass jar.

    Store in a cool and dry location out of direct sunlight. If stored properly, you salt can last up to a year.

    **HERBALIST’S HOT TIP! Keep this salt on your dinner table for easy access! It goes great sprinkled on almost anything and is a more nutritious and medicinal salt than regular table salt.

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DISCLAIMER: The information given in this article is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult with your healthcare practitioner before consuming certain herbs & medicinal foods, especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking any prescription medications.

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