I personally taste-tested a variety of Mrs. Dash Seasoning substitutes to find the best one for every cooking occasion. Whether you’re on the hunt for the closest flavor match, in need of a last-minute pantry substitute, or want a swap that fits your diet, I’ve got the answers.
The best substitute for Mrs. Dash Seasoning is to make it yourself from scratch. There are quite a lot of ingredients, but they’re all easy to source. You can also use other salt-free seasoning blends like salt-free Spike seasoning, although they won’t match Mrs. Dash’s flavor.
I made different batches of roast potatoes (yuuum!) to put several Mrs. Dash Seasoning substitutes to the test.
Mrs. Dash Seasoning is a salt-free blend made from 14 different herbs and spices. It has a savory, herby flavor with a subtle citrusy kick. And it’s incredibly versatile – you can use it to flavor meat, seafood, veggies, and even snacks like popcorn.
Here are the substitutes I tested and my verdicts:
|Homemade Mrs. Dash Seasoning||Long ingredients list, but all easy to find||10/10|
|Other Salt-Free Seasoning Blends||Many options to choose from, but won’t be an exact flavor match||8/10|
|Italian Seasoning||Add garlic powder and white pepper||8/10|
|Other Herbs And Spices||Customize to match whatever you’re cooking||8/10|
Homemade Mrs. Dash Seasoning
Making Mrs. Dash Seasoning is easier than you think – they’ve got all the ingredients listed on their website! It looks like a lot of ingredients, but they’re all easy-to-get spices. You might even already have a few in your cupboards.
And this handy recipe from Low-Carb Inspirations has the ratios you need to recreate the savory, herby flavor of Mrs Dash perfectly.
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons white pepper
- 2 teaspoons dehydrated vegetable powder optional
- 1 1/2 teaspoons marjoram
- 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 1/2 teaspoons parsley
- 1 1/2 teaspoons savory
- 1 teaspoon orange peel
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- Mix all the spices together in a bowl until well combined.
- Store the mixture in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight, for up to 6 months.
The best thing about making your own spice blend is that you can customize it. If you like spicy foods, double the amount of cayenne pepper. Or increase the complexity by adding in some extra herbs like fennel or celery seed.
How to Substitute: Replace Mrs. Dash Seasoning in a 1:1 ratio with the homemade blend.
Other Salt-Free Seasoning Blends
Lots of brands have salt-free versions of their own famous seasoning blends. Some examples include Spike, Lawry’s, Kinder’s, and McKormicks.
Each seasoning blend is going to have its own unique flavor. Spike’s seasoning is made with 39 herbs and spices, and it has more prominent herby notes compared to Mrs. Dash seasoning.
Always check the ingredients before you buy a seasoning blend and see if you like the sound of it.
How to Substitute: Replace Mrs. Dash Seasoning in a 1:1 ratio with your choice of salt-free seasoning blends.
Italian seasoning isn’t an exact flavor match for Mrs. Dash Seasoning, but you’re halfway there if you have this on hand. Most of the herbs that make up Italian seasoning are all present in Mrs. Dash, giving you the same medley of herbaceous notes.
To bring it closer to Mrs Dash seasoning, you can add in some of the spices that are missing. Garlic powder is a big one along with white pepper. I would also add some cayenne pepper and cumin if you have them on hand.
How to Substitute: Replace 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash Seasoning with 1 tbsp Italian seasoning + extra spices to taste.
Other Herbs And Spices
Don’t have all the herbs and spices to whip up homemade Mrs. Dash Seasoning? You can take it right back to basics and use two or three spices to flavor your food. The trick is matching the spices to whatever you’re cooking.
I used a combination of fresh dill, chives, parsley, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for my roasted potatoes and it was delicious! If you don’t mind a pinch of salt, it can work wonders for elevating flavors, but if you want to keep things salt-free, try nutritional yeast instead. It has the same flavor-enhancing properties as salt.
How to Substitute: Replace Mrs. Dash Seasoning with your choice of herbs and spices + nutritional yeast or salt.
Substitute To Avoid
I’ve seen some websites suggest using garlic powder, celery salt, or chili flakes, but I wasn’t a fan of these options in my tests. Mrs. Dash Seasoning is a mixture of spices and herbs, and you can’t replicate its complexity with just a single herb or spice.
Best Mrs. Dash Seasoning Substitutes + 1 To Avoid
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbs onion powder
- 2 tsp basil
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp wihite pepper
- 2 tsp dehydrated vegetable powder
- 1 ½ tsp marjoram
- 1 ½ tsp thyme
- 1 ½ tsp parsley
- 1 ½ tsp savory
- 1 tsp orange peel
- ½ tsp cayenne
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture into an aittight jar and store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.