The yin and yang of sweet and salty mix together so well. Chips and chocolate, trail mix, sweet and salty candy bars — the list goes on and on of the amazing tastes we love with these opposite flavors. Balancing salty and sweet is a great way to savor the awesome flavors and textures of plant-based ingredients in your cooking. Check out these 10 sweet and salty creations:
1. Caramelized Vegetable Tart With Olives
The contrast between the sweet vegetables and the salty, slightly bitter olives makes this tart a wow-worthy dish for a group. Don’t think unhealthy just because of the word “tart” – this crust is lower in fat compared to other tarts when you leave out that butter and use olive oil instead.
2. Kale Salad With Apricots and Almonds
If you’re in a salad rut, try busting out and trying this recipe, which will enliven your senses with several tastes — sweet, salty, chewy, and crunchy. The contrast of tamari almonds and dried apricots works well in this salad.
3. Vegan Granola Bars
Granola bars can sneak in fat and added calories, but these bars are low in fat. They’re made without artificial ingredients and contain delicious real ingredients like rolled oats, hazelnuts, bananas, and vanilla. Making these bars are so much better than buying packaged bars from the store.
4. Melty Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Bars
This ooey-gooey, melty sweet dish is a must-try treat, especially if you’re a fan of chocolate peanut butter cups. The tart cherries adds a fresh, fruity touch.
5. Margarita Ice Cream
This margarita ice cream is the perfect choice when you’re in the mood for a frozen, adult treat. Combine coconut milk, agave nectar, lime juice, lime zest, tequila, and orange extract in a bowl, then freeze. The prep is simple and the end result delicious.
6. Coconut Bacon
If you’ve given up animal products but yearn for the taste of bacon, try this recipe. These bacon-tasting coconut flakes have a nice crunch to them and have a nice balance of salty and sweet.
7. Cranberry Date Walnut Protein Balls
These protein balls are perfect for throwing in your bag and taking on the go, as they can be eaten anywhere without utensils. They provide a quick burst of nutrition which is helpful on busy days.
8. Cheezy Kale Salad
The sweetness of the sweet potato pairs nicely with the savory taste of the kale salad, which is made of a dairy-free sauce from healthy plant-based ingredients like nutritional yeast and hemp seeds.
9. Maple Sweet Potato Pecan Burgers
Your tastebuds will savor several amazing flavors in this burger, like sweet onion, sweet potato, pecan, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and black pepper.
10. Chocolate Banana Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting
For this magical sweet and salty confection, chocolate meets peanut butter and banana for a decadent dessert. Top the peanut butter frosting with salty, crunchy pretzels to finish.
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