Salt is an amazing ingredient. It not only has its own taste (put a few grains on your tongue—what does it taste like?) but salt also amps up the flavor of just about any food it’s added to.

Your challenge? Discover what foods taste even better with a sprinkle of salt. Explore your pantry, refrigerator, freezer, or garden and gather foods that you think might taste better with some salt. Look for some savory foods and some sweet ones. Take a bite or sip without salt. Then, taste again after you add some salt. How does the flavor change? Don’t be afraid to try something totally wacky—you never know what will taste better with a few flakes of salt!

Take photos of your favorite salt-sprinkled foods and have your grown-ups tag them with #atkkids on social media or send them to

Salt Sources

Try sprinkling coarse or flake salt on different foods. Then, take a taste. How does adding salt change the food’s flavor? You can even try adding a dash of another salty condiment, such as soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce.

3up: Salt Sources for MIYW

Portuguese sea salt

Himalayan pink salt

Soy sauce

Here are some ideas to spark your salty exploration:

  • Fruits: Watermelon, honeydew, peaches, grapefruit, mangos, berries
  • Vegetables: Tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, broccoli, corn on the cob
  • Dairy: Butter, pudding, yogurt, cheese, ice cream
  • Proteins: Eggs, steak, salmon, nuts, nut butter
  • Grains & Breads: Rice, pasta, buttered toast, oatmeal, popcorn
  • Sweets: Chocolate bars, cookies, caramel sauce, pies, frosting
  • Beverages: Fruit juice, hot cocoa, smoothies