Our Best Low-Sodium Recipes to Complete Your Heart-Healthy Menu

Citrus Salmon Broccoli
Photo: Andy Lyons

Sticking to a low-sodium diet? We can help! Our low-sodium recipes have just 300 mg of sodium or less to help stick to the daily recommended level of 1,500 milligrams to help stay on track toward your heart-healthy goals. With salads, tacos, and even a succulent shrimp "boil," there are plenty of low-sodium dishes ahead that are as delicious as they are good for you.

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Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad on oval plate with green serving spoons
Blaine Moats

Fresh citrus fruits (oranges, pink grapefruit, and clementines) make this oh-so-pretty coconut low-sodium salad pop with color. Dress it in a little olive oil and snappy Dijon mustard.

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Hot and Chunky Guacamole

Hot & Chunky Guacamole
Andy Lyons

Red onion and cilantro heighten the flavors of creamy avocado and fresh shelled peas in this chunky guacamole recipe. Spicy jalapeño peppers add even more green goodness. Serve with cut-up veggies to keep sodium low, or try this guacamole as a sandwich spread.

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Fajita-Style Beef Tacos

Fajita-Style Beef Tacos
Scott Little

The key to this low-sodium taco? The rub! Black pepper and cayenne add flavorful heat without adding a ton of salt. Broiling the meat helps keep the cooking time to a minimum. You can enjoy two of these beauties for only 140 mg of sodium.

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Citrus Salmon with Broccoli

Citrus Salmon Broccoli
Andy Lyons

Thanks to all the omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is an excellent addition to anyone's heart-healthy eating plan. A generous squeeze of lemon provides this low-sodium dinner with a bright, zesty finish.

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Sugar Snap Pea Slaw

Sugar Snap Pea Slaw
Blaine Moats

Crisp snap peas and a slew of healthy produce (carrots, apples, and more) meet in this barbecue-ready easy low-sodium recipe. A spoonful of honey sweetens the tangy yogurt-base dressing.

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Rotini with Walnut-Basil Pesto

Rotini with Walnut-Basil Pesto
Karla Conrad

Making your own pasta sauce means keeping sodium levels in check. This homemade pesto blends basil, garlic, calcium-rich spinach, and walnuts. A sprinkling of Parmesan gives it a creamier consistency.

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Fennel and Parsley Salad

Fennel and Parsley Salad
Jennifer Davick

For a zippy low-sodium side dish, try our fennel and parsley salad. The 80-calorie recipe features crisp fennel bulbs soaked in lemon juice and a drizzling of olive oil. Grated Parmesan adds slight tang.

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Fresh Tomato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup
Jason Donnelly

The best tomato soup begins with sun-ripened, in-season tomatoes. Don't have 'em? Canned tomatoes will do (opt for low-sodium options). Serve the low-sodium soup hot or cold with whole-grain crackers.

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Peppered Kale Chips

Peppered Kale Chips
Andy Lyons

Most purchased potato chips have at least 200 mg per serving (and who can stop at one serving of 12 chips?). Here we've made a healthy, low-sodium snack that can use even less (or none) of the ¼ teaspoon called for in the recipe.

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Air-Fryer Shrimp "Boil"

shrimp, corn, and potatoes on tray
Jason Donnelly

As delicious as a classic shrimp boil is, there's usually a salty packet or bottle of seasoning involved. Here we've lightened things up with a low-sodium recipe that allows you to celebrate Cajun flavors for Mardi Gras (or anytime). The air-fryer version keeps your low-sodium goals met without sacrificing flavor.

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Pico de Gallo Salsa

Pico de Gallo Salsa
Andy Lyons

Dunk golden tortilla chips into a chilly bowlful of colorful pico de gallo. This low-sodium dip can be made in less than 20 minutes and uses only natural ingredients: tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and serrano chile peppers.

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Sautéed Green Beans with Shallot Crisps

Sauteed Green Beans with Shallot Crisps
Andy Lyons

A swirling of butter and olive oil in your skillet helps cook these good-for-you green beans to perfection. Watch as they sizzle with flavor, then top the fork-tender low-sodium greens with crunchy shallots.

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Tuna and Fruit Salsa

Tuna and Fruit Salsa
Andy Lyons

This fresh tuna steak recipe is a peachy-keen pick for a low-sodium dinner tonight. Lightly brush each steak with olive oil, then serve with warm, melt-in-your-mouth apricots, peaches, and ruby-red raspberries.

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Quinoa-Pumpkin Seed Granola

Quinoa-Pumpkin Seed Granola
Andy Lyons

There's something special about homemade granola. This healthy, quinoa-packed recipe features the comforting combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, and dried fruit. Golden honey holds it all together.

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Veggie Summer Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce

Veggie Spring Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce
Blaine Moats

Next time you crave takeout, try our veggie summer rolls—they're easier to make than you think. Simply roll crunchy strips of Chimichurri-coated zucchini, carrots, and green onions in sheets of rice paper.

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Grains and Fruit Summer Salad

Grains and Fruit Summer Salad
Andy Lyons

This fabulous summer salad features a sweet medley of fruits, greens, and everything in between. Flakes of smoked salmon give this low-sodium recipe a savory fix of protein, while homemade lemon-basil dressing keeps it extra fresh.

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Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach
Kritsada Panichgul

This flavor-packed pasta dish is ready in 20 minutes flat. Bow tie pasta combines with fresh mushrooms, spinach, onion, garlic, and thyme to make a low-sodium yet flavorful dinner.

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Holiday Kale Salad

Holiday Kale Salad
Blaine Moats

This colorful, cranberry-studded salad is as beautiful as it is delicious, making it perfect for the holidays. You can enjoy it year-round by stocking up on fresh cranberries in season and freezing for later. You'll get three food groups (fruits, veggies, and grains) in one delicious low-sodium salad.

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Chicken with Lime and Avocado Salsa

Chicken with Lime and Avocado Salsa
Andy Lyons

You only need 8 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to complete this one-skillet low-sodium recipe. Use a grill pan to get those nice char marks on the chicken cutlets without having to fire up the outdoor grill.

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