There’s no reason to get bored with what you’re eating, yet many of us do get bored with the same old meals and snacks. Experimenting can be a hassle. However, making food that tastes great doesn’t have to require a million ingredients or complicated recipes. With food, sometimes less is more. If you are looking for a way to kick up your classics, look no further. We’ve gathered 19 different flavor combinations that are as simple as they are delicious.
Say goodbye to bland and get cooking with these fresh combinations that’ll transform everything from oatmeal (maple syrup and sour cream) to dessert (mangos and chili).
1. Strawberry and Peppers
Try swapping out tomatoes for strawberries the next time you make a gazpacho. Strawberries are sweet and tart and lend a different flavor to the traditional gazpacho flavors of pepper and onion.
Get the recipe here.
2. Blueberry and Lemon
Blueberries mix well with citrus. The next time you’re eating a blueberry yogurt, add a splash of lemon juice.
3. Dill and Cucumber
Dill and cucumber go together in amazing ways. They’re both fresh tasting and bright and pair nicely in dishes like tzatiki and simple salads.
Try this recipe.
4. Butternut Squash and Lime
Butternut squash is often paired with things like sage and brown sugar. Both of those are great combinations, but for a twist, try roasting it with some lime.
The acidity of the lime adds tang to the sweetness of the squash. Get the recipe here.
5. Ham and Butter
The next time you are in the mood for a ham sandwich, skip the usual condiments. Instead, spread some butter on a thick slab of bread and pile it with ham.
6. Nectarine and Rosemary
Rosemary is robust and fragrant. Nectarines are sweet and syrupy. Together, these two are well rounded and full of depth.
Try them together in a whisky sour. Get the recipe here.
7. Strawberry and Goat Cheese
It is my opinion that goat cheese goes with nearly everything, but let’s talk about strawberries.
Their tart sweetness goes wonderfully with creamy chèvre.
8 . Orange and Olives
Orange is great in things like salad dressings, but people rarely think to pair it with olives. They’re sweet and just acidic enough to balance the earthy, salty olives.
Get the recipe here.
9. Feta Cheese, Watermelon, and Mint
On a warm summer evening, add feta cheese and fresh mint to diced watermelon for a salad that is sweet, cheesy, and super easy to put together.
10. Chili and Mango
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Sweet ripe mango is brought to life when mixed with hot, spicy chilies.
11. Pickles and Lime Juice
When I discovered pickle juice as an addition to cocktails, my world changed.
A classic margarita is made more robust with a splash of the stuff, and it works with most citrus cocktails.
12. Radishes, Butter, and Salt
This is a super simple combination that also makes for a quick snack or appetizer. Slice up some radishes and butter them.
Sprinkle some seal salt on top for a bite that is peppery, rich, and salty.
13. Maple Syrup and Sour Cream
My favorite thing to order at the diner is French toast – and then I ask for a side of sour cream.
The cool, tangy flavor of the sour cream balances the sweetness of the maple syrup for a breakfast that is out of this world.
14. Peanut Butter and Curry
Peanut butter adds richness to sauces and marinades, and it does the same when teamed up with curry.
The next time you are making peanut sauce, add some curry powder for a flavor that is earthy and complex. Get the recipe here.
15. Chocolate and Avocado
Avocado is mild and has a super creamy texture, which makes it great for sweet things, like chocolate or ice cream.
Try mixing some into hot chocolate for a drink that is more decadent than usual.
16. Gin and Watermelon
Fresh watermelon brings something special to a classic gin and tonic.
The fruity flavor pairs well with the fragrant herbs that make gin special.
17. Coffee and Lemon
Coffees from Africa are generally acidic and full of fruit notes. Pairing those flavors with the bright contrast of lemon is something magical.
Try lemon scones with your morning cup of Joe.
18. Hot Sauce and Honey
I’ve learned that there are few foods I don’t enjoy with hot sauce. To go really crazy, try mixing your hot sauce with some honey for something sweet and fiery.
It makes a great topping for roasted sweet potatoes.
19. Bacon and Chocolate
If you haven’t given bacon and chocolate a chance, you have been missing out. Smokey, salty bacon adds something special to rich dark chocolate.
And, chocolate dipped bacon makes a great gift. Get the recipe here.