There are some foods we all know go together like tomatoes and garlic, peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate, and peanut butter and … well, everything. From the time we are children, we are taught that some foods just taste better when they are accompanied by other foods. Burgers come with fries. Mashed potatoes have to have gravy. The flavors complement each other. Take a look at these 10 Flavor Combinations You Must Try for Your Cooking.
One really popular taste combination is sweet and salty. You may think people fall into either the sweet tooth category or the salty, crunchy category. The truth is that when salty and sweet are paired, they make beautiful music together in both sweet and savory dishes. Just a pinch of salt brings out the sweetness in chocolate and it does the same for caramelized onions.
There is no technical name for a salty-sweet combination but our taste buds love when flavors are layered and complex. Satisfy your taste buds with these 10 perfectly balanced sweet and salty recipes.
1. Salty-Sweet Pistachio Crisps
These addictive Salty-Sweet Pistachio Crisps come together so easily, thanks to the magic of store-bought wonton wrappers. Salty pistachios and a hint of sugar strike a perfect balance. This is a perfect recipe for those times when you need to make a last minute “fancy” snack that everyone will go crazy for.
2. Margarita Ice Cream
The next time you want ice cream, skip the usual chocolate and vanilla and opt for an unforgettable treat: Margarita Ice Cream! This drink-inspired dessert is served in a salt rimmed glass and garnished with a slice of lime for the full sweet, salty, and tart experience of the cocktail.
3. Tempeh, Date, and Olive Marbella
This Tempeh, Date and Olive Marbella has some seemingly strange combinations of ingredients. Prunes and olives may not sound tempting but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. This is sweet, salty, earthy, comforting, and savory – everything you ask for in a main dish.
4. Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites
If you need more motivation to work out, having these Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites waiting for you afterwards will do the trick. They are packed with dates, walnuts, cacao, and chia seeds. The sea salt pairs perfectly with the chocolate for a delicious bite.
5. Sweet and Salty Cupcakes With Caramel and Pretzel Frosting
These Sweet and Salty Cupcakes are proof that sweet meeting salt makes a perfect pairing. Another great pairing is the nice crunch from the pretzel alongside the cakey perfection that are these dark chocolate cupcakes. This dessert proves that opposites not only attract, but they make the best of friends!
6. Pomegranate and Pistachio Chocolate Fudge
Here’s a party of flavors packed into a delicious treat. This Pomegranate and Pistachio Chocolate Fudge has pomegranate arils, salty pistachios, sweet chocolate, creamy peanut butter and a hint of bright orange for an unbelievable flavor combination, perfectly complementing each other. When you bite into this fudge, the juice from pomegranate arils burst open with their natural sweetness, enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients. Seriously, prepare to have this fudge rock your world.
7. Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms With Maple Miso Balsamic Sauce
These Italian-inspired farro Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms look like they waltzed right off of a fancy restaurant menu. They have a creamy kale-radicchio pesto and umami/sweet/salty maple miso balsamic sauce drizzled on top. This dish is a work of art but so easy, you can have it for dinner any night of the week!
8. Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake
This Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake is like having two cakes stacked on top of each other. There’s a sweet caramel cake, a rich chocolate cake, and salted caramel buttercream between the two and on top. If that’s not enough, chocolate ganache runs all over it. Add salty pretzels for garnish.
9. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Homemade Almond Feta
This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad is a symphony of flavor pairings. Sweet potatoes go so well with spicy seasoning like chile powder in this salad. It also balances perfectly with the salty homemade almond feta cheese that gets crumbled on top. Yum!
10. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Popcorn Tart
This Chocolate and Salted Caramel Popcorn Tart is the ultimate salty-sweet dessert of your dreams. Salted caramel and crunchy popcorn harmonize beautifully with silky, rich chocolate … this tart is perfect for sharing at any festive occasion, but it’s also totally acceptable if you just attack it with a fork right away.
Even if it seems strange to you, the next time you eat something sweet, add a pinch of salt. The combination will have your taste buds dancing for joy!
Lead image source: Chocolate and Salted Caramel Popcorn Tart