A staple of charcuterie boards, salami is a dry sausage that is typically highly seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar to produce a tangy fermented flavor. Usually made of beef and pork, salami is packed with high-quality protein and is a good source of several critical nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It contains healthy doses of phosphorus for strong bones and teeth, selenium to protect cells from damage, and B vitamins to maintain proper brain and nervous system function, normal metabolism, and high energy levels.
Salami is not only beloved for its distinct, spicy flavor, but is also celebrated for its versatility. Pair it with crackers, cheese, and wine; add it to salads, omelets, and pasta dishes; serve it on bread with your favorite sandwich toppings; or eat it sliced right out of the package as a convenient, nutritious snack. There are dozens of salami products with unique flavor and nutrition profiles, including low and reduced sodium and fat choices, that you can enjoy.
There are many nutritious salami choices available, including more than 52 low and reduced fat and sodium, organic, and natural options. The below guide features a sample of Meat Institute member products for those seeking salami that meets one of these nutrient content or health claims.
AHA Certified - To earn American Heart Association (AHA) certification, a product must meet specific nutrition requirements outlined in the AHA’s Heart-Check program.
Low Fat - 3g or less per serving; or 3g per 100g for a meal or main dish, and 30% of total calories or less
Low Sodium - 140 mg of sodium or less per serving
Natural - A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed.
Reduced Fat - 25% less fat than food it is being compared to
Reduced Sodium - At least 25% less sodium than in the original product
Organic - Organic livestock are fed 100 percent organically grown feed (grain) and forage (pastures). Use of synthetic hormones, vaccinations, and antibiotics is prohibited. Synthetic pesticides on pastures are also prohibited.