Low-salt Easter dinner: how to enjoy the holiday meal

Easter dinner traditionally means one of two main courses — either ham or lamb. But neither is an acceptable choice if you’re on a low-salt, or a low-fat, or a low-salt, low-fat diet as I am. That can make being a guest at someone else’s Easter feast a problem for you.

So do what I did this year. Invite family and/or friends to your house where you control the menu. Then assemble a low-salt, low-fat meal that everyone will enjoy, even if some guests are missing the ham (they can buy some at their houses).

My low-salt, low-fat Easter dinner
My low-salt, low-fat Easter dinner

I started this year with a fresh turkey. Frozen and self-basting turkeys are loaded with salt, as much as 380 mgs per four ounces. A fresh turkey has 75 mg of sodium per four ounces. If you plan to eat 8-12 ounces as I do, that’s a big difference and worth the extra cost of a fresh turkey. I found one at my local Jewel this year for $1.99 a pound.

Inject the turkey with low- or no-sodium broth to keep it moist while cooking. Cook for about 20 minutes a pound, this will vary depending on your oven. I cooked my almost 17-pound bird about six and a half hours.

For side dishes, I made green beans in a balsamic/olive oil glaze and asparagus roasted with low-salt panko breadcrumbs and low-fat cheese. I bought low-fat gravy to serve with the turkey. It has a lot of sodium, so watch yourself here. I have yet to find a salt-free pre-made turkey gravy.

Green beans with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Green beans with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

I also did a stuffing with salt-free wheat bread, mushrooms, peppers and onions. The meal began with a big salad bowl of field greens, spinach, tomatoes and low-salt olives with oil and vinegar for dressing.

Salt-free bread stuffing
Salt-free bread stuffing

In the end, I still went over my daily salt and fat allotments, but I also splurged with the gravy and had two chocolate brownies for dessert, so that likely explained it. Think about how far over I would have been had I not done all this.


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  1. Thanks for the low sodium ideas! I too am on a low sodium diet—very hard—because of kidney issues. I have yet to find fresh turkey in my grocery stores out where I live, but the sides you made look great.

  2. There is one frozen turkey – Costco carries but I can’t remember the brand
    😦 that is also 75-80 grams of sodium/3 oz. Just take a close look at the nutrition info if you have a Costco nearby.

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