Welcome to The Daily Dish.
A free resource of almost 600 low-sodium recipes, products & more!

Whether you’re seeking delicious low-sodium or salt-free recipes, product suggestions or simple encouragement, The Daily Dish is here for you. I have been living low-sodium since 2004 and have devoted myself to helping others enjoy happier & healthier salt-free lives ever since.

If you think low sodium has to be bland, think again. Salt free can be FABULOUS!

I am a wife, mother and foodie who at age 31 was diagnosed with an inner ear plague called Meniere’s Disease.? My only course of treatment? ?GIVE UP SALT. ?Although I still contend with the erratic symptoms of the disease, the low-sodium diet has worked wonders.? I launched The Daily Dish in 2007 with the goal of building community among those living salt-free. ?We don’t have to feel trapped.? Low sodium food can be healthy, satisfying and DELICIOUS!!? Just LOOK at some of these dishes!

Unless otherwise attributed, all recipes and photographs contained on The Daily Dish are my original work. When reusing the contents of this website please remember, it’s BAD KARMA NOT TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.? All recipes on The Daily Dish are intended to meet the requirements of a low sodium diet only (under 1500 mg per day) and may not meet other dietary restrictions. Individuals with special health needs should exercise caution when proceeding with any recipe.

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Wishing you much health & happiness, Christy (aka, Dishy)

?Christy Ellingsworth

44 Responses to

  1. Sandra says:

    I too have recently had to convert my cooking methods to low sodium, (1200 mg per day) and what a
    learning curve!! ( and alot of work)
    Reading packaging labels has been an education. ( and shocking at times ) Thank you so much for sharing your receipes.. they are very inspiring. I am going to try the Portobello Chicken and Pasta tonight!

    • Christy says:

      Welcome, Sandra! Thanks so much for taking the time to say hi. I hope you find the site helpful; I know how hard it is to transition. It does get easier though, so hang in there! :)

  2. Leah says:

    Do you have a recipe for bread using spelt flour (no honey)? I’m wheat intolerant and I have Meniere’s. Mum’s tried a few recipes but they have all turned out very dense and they turn to glue in your mouth.

  3. Barbara says:

    Hi! I just discovered your blog (after a heart attack that is forcing me to change my way of eating!)

    It’s really fantastic and I’ve already put an order in for your latest book.

    However, I can’t seem to find your RSS feed link … do you have one? I prefer that to email updates.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Barbara! So glad you found the site and are enjoying it. Thanks so much for ordering the book too; I really hope it’s helpful. After reading this I went to check out the RSS feed and couldn’t find it (!!) so I asked my husband (the IT guru) to look into it. He said the RSS feed link is broken for some reason (?) and has to be fixed. It’s now on the “to-do” list. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!

  4. Mary says:

    I’m new here as well and looking forward to trying out your recipes. Not too long ago they discovered that I had extremely high blood pressure and has since switched to a low sodium diet. I’ve never been one to overdue with salt, but low sodium has been hard for me to adjust.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Mary! Hope you find some recipes you enjoy. Life without salt takes some doing, but you’ll be far healthier (and hopefully, happier) for it. Keep up the good work!

  5. Randall V. says:

    Discovered this site by chance. Glad I did. Just tried the low sodium cocktail sauce and could not believe the depth of flavor without dumping a shaker of salt in the recipe! I’m going to be wearing these recipes out…I Swear!

  6. Madelyn says:

    I sure am glad I found this site. I was going crazy trying to find my husband no salt, or hardly any salt meals. He has edema and sometimes it’s really bad.
    I just made black beans and rice using no salt. It was very good. Used tumeric and cooking Sherry plus the other spices and the flavors were so good, didn’t miss the salt.
    I am looking forward to the recipes here. (Especially the desserts).

  7. Nicolas Jaye says:

    The past month, I’ve suffered vertigo almost every other day due to my Meniere’s. Im a current graduate student and these attacks are not really helping with my academic success.The doctor just placed me on a low sodium diet as well as a few other meds. After a week of endless searching online for low sodium foods and recipes I found your site and all I can say is that this is truly a blessing for me. I’ve shared your page on my facebook and I am very eager to try some of your recipes!
    Thank you soooooomuch!

  8. Sherry says:

    My husband had a heart attack last December so we have both changed our diets dramatically. Your recipes are wonderful! Can’t wait for the book!
    Thank you so much for making cooking and eating enjoyable!

  9. Jessica Abel says:

    Thank you so much for sharing salt free vegan recipes. My family went plant based November 2010 for a number of reasons mostly for the heart disease in my husbands genetic makeup and my being overweight. And now his blood pressure is running high so we are throwing the salt out. So, we are hoping to find recipes here to help us and our two kids to enjoy the plant based life without salt. Thank you and if you have anything to encourage me with this journey I would appreciate it.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Jessica! WELCOME! I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to have other salt-free vegans join me on this journey to health. And I’m hoping to share an ever-increasing number of delicious low-sodium plant-based recipes and products with the world, so please stay tuned! :)

  10. Lucy says:

    Okay Christy…so my daughter called me up a few days back and was so excited to tell me that she saw a flyer, I believe, from a place she frequents and that I should check it out. She is a good daughter and always watching out for things that will help her Mama in salt free living. Well, when she said “The Daily Dish”, I laughed and told her that not only do I follow your blog, but that you are on my one click…go to menu. She was like, “well forget it! Old news!”! LOL. Long story short, she lives in Portland and I told her I remembered you lived in Maine but didn’t realize it was Portland. Of course she says why else would it be in Portland if that wasn’t where you lived. Children!!! Her name is Tessa and she works at Coffee By Design, near Old Port. If you happen in there sometime, tell her Mom says hello and introduce yourself.

    • Christy says:

      LUCY!! WOWZA! What a small world!! I’m guessing she saw a card downtown somewhere – how cool! You totally made my day with this story; can’t thank you enough for sharing. I will definitely stop in some time and meet her — I don’t drink coffee but my hubs does and the ladies LOVE their hot chocolate! What a terrific coincidence, just love it!

  11. mary wagner says:

    I have been diagnosed with congentive heart failure. Low sodium is my only option. That is, besides daily weight chart. I am going to look for your cookbook. How do you handle going out to eat? Thank you.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Mary, Hope you are going strong with the low-sodium diet!

      I find eating out can be a challenge, especially now that my husband and I are vegan as well as low-sodium. I would try to stick to food that’s as minimally processed as possible. I found this summer when we traveled, I could eat lots of things with a jar of salt-free salsa I kept on hand (makes a great topping for plain baked potatoes, works as salad dressing, etc.) Try to explain your dietary needs to your server as much as possible – ask for sauces on the side, no salt added to anything. People can be surprisingly helpful and accommodating when asked. In worst case scenarios, you can eat beforehand, or bring your own food to an event. The point is to not miss out on the social aspects of life – even though food can be a challenge. Recently we went to a back to school BBQ that I knew would have little to nothing for us to eat. Instead of bailing on the event, we simply brown bagged it – bringing our own low sodium vegan burgers and a salad. A lot of the work in this diet is finding places where you can eat with success – so if one restaurant is bad, don’t give up – just keep looking. Often small places are the best, as they make food to order. Best of luck to you!

      • Cheryl says:

        I was going to ask the same question about eating out. It’s a huge challenge. We just spontaneously went on a outing to the zoo and so I didnt take anything for me. I ended up eating some grapes, they were good but I was famished. Learned to make a little snack bag to take with me and keep it in the car. But we are planning vacation and I am worried , I have CHF and do not want to get sick on a trip. I will use your advice and see what happens. I have avoided eating out completely and have been keeping my sodium to about 500 mg’s per day and under that most days but that can be a challenge. I will try some places in town to see how well I do communicating with my server!! Thank you for the recipes, the links, your site is a blessing!!

        • Christy says:

          Thank you so much, Cheryl! It can be HARD not being able to eat like everyone else. I know exactly what you mean about being out someplace and feeling famished (I AM STARVING, WHYYYY CAN’T I JUST BE NORMAL??!!) It’s a terrific idea to keep back-ups in your purse or car. Fruit is delicious – the sugar boost always helps – and with granola, popcorn, etc. to “plump” it up, you won’t feel so deprived. Thinking of you!

  12. Johanna says:

    Hi! I just wanted to say the recipes on here look amazing! I was recently diagnosed with High Blood Pressure and Chronic Kidney Disease and having to keep a low sodium diet for BOTH! The kidney disease is still early stages so I’m not limited in what I can eat yet and hoping to keep it that way. I’m sooo looking forward to trying some of your recipes and adding them to my already growing recipe make-overs that I have done myself to lower sodium. I’ll be bookmarking your site! Thanks!

    • Christy says:

      Hi Johanna! WELCOME! and thanks so much for taking the time to write. I really hope you find the site useful. Please feel free to comment on any of the recipes and let others know how you’ve tweaked them, what you’ve enjoyed, etc. Wishing you much health & happiness! Christy

  13. Lorri Sommer says:

    Hey neighbor,

    Just back from the doctor and have been sentenced to a low-salt diet for at least the next month. Menieres? Maybe. Only have some of the symptoms not all. At any rate – I told the doctor I knew just where to look for low-salt recipes. I’m trying chicken/mushrooms/beer tomorrow night.

    Nice to know low-salt can be tasty. Now I gotta get rid of all the tempting high-salt stuff in the pantry…

    Lorri Sommer (Georgia’s mom)

    • Christy says:

      HI Lorri! So nice to hear from you, but I am so very sorry to hear you’re dealing w/ ear issues. Whether Meniere’s or not, I know all too well how 100% NOT FUN it can be. So glad to be a resource you can turn to in your time of need. Really hope you enjoy the recipe. Please feel free to comment on it afterward, or on any others that you try. I’m always happy to help in any way I can. Wishing you a very speedy recovery! Christy

  14. VC1 says:

    I am so glad that I found this Website. Thanks.

    I am also dealing with Meniere’s disease. A couple of things make my foo situation more challenging. I am an older cooking challenged Asian Indian male. I also live by myself during the work week. I am so used to spicy and salty food.

    I have taken baby steps by vowing to avoid processed food and eat only salads in restaurants. I was so glad to see references to salt free curry powder in your cauliflower recipe :-)

    • Christy says:

      Hi VC1! Thanks so much for your comment. I truly hope things are getting easier for you with time. Please let me know if there are any particular recipes you’re looking for. I’m always happy to help. :)

  15. Kate Uptergrove says:

    Just found your site. Looks fabulous from the pictures to the recipes. The comments, however, all seem to be a bit dated. Hope you are still blogging as I plan to add you to my favorites list.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Kate! So glad you found the site, and you are totally right. These comments are seriously dated. I’ve begun posting again as of Jan.2014. Trying to catch up w/ comments and correspondence now!

  16. Cindie says:

    I also have Meniere’s, was officially diagnosed in Feb. of this year. Avoiding CATS (not the animal) caffeine, sodium, tobacco and yes sodium. I am eating 1000mg of sodium daily and it seems to be helping lots. (also have a diuretic) lost 40lbs since Feb. and that is the ONLY thing I’ve enjoyed about this disease. Love your site and look forward to trying some of these recipes…first on my list – FISH N’ CHIPS! Yessssssssssssss – thanks again.

  17. Matt F. says:

    I discovered just the other day that I’ve got a serious problem with high blood pressure, so I’ve been checking out low-sodium cookery since it’s strongly likely this will have to be a way of life. I’ve always loved to cook well, and this site seems like a gold mine. It’s also delightful graphically, great photography and design. Consider me your newest fan and thanks so much for the effort you’ve put into this! And best of luck to everyone, be healthy and happy.

  18. Ann Templeton Monin says:

    I just discovered your blog. I read your first sentence regarding Meniere’s Disease and teared up. I, too, was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease close to twenty years ago. My salt intake is severely limited and it’s been a long journey with food. I look forward to following your blog and begin conversations regarding a low salt diet. I am happy to know there are other people out there, like me, that live daily with Meneire’s Disease and with a low salt diet. It’s so nice to know that I’m not alone in this small community of folks living with this disease. My ideal daily limit is 800 mg, however it often streatches to over a bit. Thank you!!!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I too have Meniere’s and am the mother of young children. One of my greatest pleasures has always been going out to eat, but it has almost become impossible due to the high sodium content in restaurant food. Though I had a short pity party, I have since decided that if I can’t get food that I love out, I will have to cook it myself. I have honestly never enjoyed cooking, nor am I very skilled, but have found several recipes on your website that I really enjoyed (and were relatively foolproof). I also have appreciated your tips on where to find low sodium food alternatives. I will be stopping by Trader Joe’s tomorrow in search of the no sodium salsa! Thanks so much for maintaining this site. Your Daily Dash cookbook is on Christmas list!

    • Christy says:

      Awesome, Elizabeth! I’m so happy you’ve found some recipes here to enjoy; hope you find many more. It can be a frustrating transition (and frankly, on-going challenge) but it’s way easier w. friends and help! I’m thrilled to be here for you. Keep up the great work! Best wishes, Christy

  20. Karina says:

    Hi I ‘m not sure where to start 7 weeks ago I had aVertigo Attack since then my right ear always feels full but my Left year is always ringing I feel imbalance most the day and nauseated I hardly leave my house now I’m scared to drive I just don’t know what direction I should go to get help

    • Christy says:

      Hi Karina,

      It’s important that you contact your primary care doctor right away. Explain what’s been happening to you and make an appointment. If possible, ask for a referral to an ENT immediately as well. If you’re scared to drive, ask a friend or family member, or call a cab. Your health is far too precious to leave to chance.

      I would urge you to try to limit your salt intake, starting today. It can’t hurt you and may make a big positive difference in your symptoms. There are hundreds of low-sodium, salt-free recipes on this site. Check out the Recipe Index and start cooking!

      I know how scary it can be, not understanding what’s happening to you – and feeling frightened and alone. Please make that call to your doctor and get the ball rolling. In the meantime, stop eating processed food, cook for yourself, and hopefully start the healing process. Wishing you all the very best.


  21. sylvia says:

    Hi again, I wanted to know if you have come up with a bread recipe. Fall is coming and I use to make bread every week in my bread machine, but now I dont think I can. Can you help? Thank you so much!!!

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