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Salad Supreme Seasoning (Copycat McCormick Recipe)

This salad supreme seasoning is like magic dust that’ll elevate your salads and beyond!

Bursting with vibrant flavors and aromatic spices, this flavorful blend will become your kitchen’s MVP. It’s the perfect copycat of McCormick’s famous salad supreme seasoning.

Homemade Salad Supreme Seasoning in a Bowl on a Wooden Board
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This homemade seasoning doesn’t just upgrade salads. It brings life to pasta, grilled vegetables, and even pizzas.

What are you waiting for? Make this seasoning today because life’s too short for bland food.

Salad Supreme Seasoning

This homemade seasoning blend is a total game-changer, especially if you’re a fan of McCormick’s seasoning.

The first time I whipped this up, my kitchen was filled with a rich, enticing aroma. It’s vibrant, slightly spicy, and utterly fragrant. 

But the best part? It’s super versatile. While it’s obviously a rock star on salads, I’ve tried it on pasta, pizza, and grilled chicken recipes, and it was terrific.

Trust me, once you try this, it’ll instantly become a kitchen staple.

Salad Supreme Seasoning Ingredients: Sesame, Poppy and Celery Seeds, Cheese and Spices


These ingredients bring a unique touch to create a well-rounded seasoning blend:

  • Sesame seeds – I prefer using toasted sesame seeds for a richer taste.
  • Poppy seeds – They provide bursts of mild, nutty flavor, just like the sesame seeds.
  • Celery seeds – They have a robust and concentrated flavor that tastes similar to fresh celery but more intense.
  • Paprika – It adds a vibrant red color and a hint of spice to the seasoning.
  • Salt – It marries and intensifies all the flavors of the seasoning.
  • Garlic Powder – It brings a savory depth.
  • Black pepper – I used coarse ground black pepper for a touch of sharpness.
  • Cayenne pepper –  I was cautious with the cayenne, using just a pinch. It’s the sneaky heat in the background, so adjust based on your spice level preference.
  • Romano cheese (optional) – It makes all the difference. When I tasted the seasoning with and without it, the Romano version had a certain indulgence.

How to Make Salad Supreme Seasoning

You can make a magical seasoning to dress up your salad bowl with two easy steps!

  1. Prepare and combine all the ingredients. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. 
  1. Mix and store. Mix it well to combine and store it in an air-tight container. If you’re not using it immediately, place the container in the refrigerator.
Homemade Pasta Salad in a Bowl with Supreme Salad Seasoning

Tips and Tricks

Creating a balanced and flavorful seasoning blend can be both an art and a science. Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your salad supreme seasoning:

  • Fresh is best. Be sure all your spices and seeds are fresh. Spices lose their potency over time, so check if they don’t smell strong or aromatic.
  • Get toasty. Toasting the sesame seeds can significantly enhance their flavor. However, make sure not to burn them to avoid a bitter taste.
  • Grind ’em up. You can lightly grind the toasted seeds to release more flavor. However, don’t turn them into a fine powder. A coarse grind will do.
  • Adjust to taste. Feel free to adjust the quantities to suit your palate. For instance, add more cayenne pepper if you like a spicier kick.
  • Cheese considerations. If using Romano cheese, ensure it’s finely grated to blend well with the other ingredients.
  • Shake, shake shake! If your seasoning has been sitting for a while, give it a good shake before using it.

Ways to Use This Seasoning

With its vibrant combination of flavors, salad supreme seasoning can magically elevate so many recipes. Here are more ways you can use it:

Does Salad Supreme Seasoning Need Refrigeration?

If you’re not adding Romano cheese, refrigerating the seasoning is unnecessary. You can store the seasoning in an air-tight container and keep it in a cool, dark place.

But if you’ve added Romano cheese to your blend, this can reduce the seasoning’s shelf life. It’s better to refrigerate or use the seasoning as early as possible.

Here’s a tip for a fresher-tasting seasoning: Add the grated Romano cheese fresh when you’re about to use the seasoning.

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Salad Supreme Seasoning (Copycat McCormick Recipe)

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This copycat recipe for McCormick’s salad supreme seasoning is too good! Made with the perfect blend of spices, it’ll jazz up any dish.


  • Makes 1/4 cup seasoning

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons Romano cheese (optional)


  • In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Mix them well to combine.
  • Store the seasoning in an air-tight container and refrigerate.


  • Toast the sesame seeds beforehand to enhance their nutty flavor. Heat them in a dry pan over medium heat until golden and fragrant.
  • If opting for the Romano cheese, ensure it’s finely grated to blend well with the other ingredients.
  • Adjust the cayenne pepper to your preferred heat level. A dash provides a mild kick, but you can add more for extra heat.
  • Store the seasoning in the fridge if you’re using the Romano cheese. Otherwise, a cool, dry place works for storage.
Salad Supreme Seasoning

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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