I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing some deliciously seasonal flavor pairings that are perfect for spring!
Ultimate Spring Flavor Pairings
Along with sunshine and flowers, springtime brings with it fresh and delicious flavors that open up a variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack options. You may have your own springtime favorites, but try exploring some of these unique flavor pairings that are perfect for this season.
These are flavor pairings that can be used in many ways, so if you like to get creative in the kitchen, this list will give you a fun place to begin making new recipes!
Morels + Arugula
Morel mushrooms peak in the spring and they are usually in high demand because of their unique flavor. Some people even head outside to find their own, but you can probably find them in your local grocery or specialty store.
These mushrooms have a nutty texture and they complement spring flavors well. They are especially tasty when paired with arugula in a fresh salad or in a hearty pasta dish. While it pairs nicely with arugula and other flavors, keep morels as the center of the dish so that their delicious flavor can really shine through. You can also fry or sauté morels on their own for a fresh snack or meal. You’ll be wishing these mushrooms were around all year once you taste them.
Fruits + Cheese
Fruits are a great springtime snack, but they are even better with a popular favorite: cheese. There are endless recipes to enjoy fruits and berries with cheese. For instance, try adding gorgonzola cheese to your next fruit salad for a new and exciting flavor combination. Fruit and cheese stuffed french toast makes a great brunch.
Even simply alternating fruits, berries and cubes of cheese on a kebab skewer creates a fresh and delicious appetizer or snack during a party. This combination gets even better if you’re serving wine because you can easily pair wine to complement the food you’re serving. Dry wines in particular pair extremely well with the cheese and fruit flavor combination.
Berries + Balsamic Vinegar
Instead of adding sugar to your berry snack, try adding some balsamic vinegar to bring out the natural flavor and color of your berries. After letting your berries sit tossed in balsamic vinegar, their juices will naturally come out, bringing along the flavor.
Once they have had a chance to rest in the balsamic vinegar, you can eat them alone as a snack or put them on top of waffles, ice cream or toss them together in a spring salad. You can even make your own berry balsamic salad dressing to add this flavor to all of your salads this spring.
Asparagus + Eggs
Looking for a new way eat eggs? Pair them with asparagus! This combination comes from our French friends and can be used in a variety of ways. Make a salad topped with boiled eggs and asparagus or enjoy the two together for a healthy breakfast. Try topping steamed or roasted asparagus with a creamy hollandaise sauce.
Orange + Soy Sauce
Oranges provide a bright springtime flavor and soy sauce balances this flavor perfectly. Orange, honey, and soy marinated chicken will become a new favorite for those beautiful days that are perfect for grilling.
Try these pineapple island vegan kabobs that taste great with soy or barbecue sauce. Orange and soy also pair nicely for a homemade dressing or for a dipping sauce for foods like pot stickers and pork. This flavor pairing might be unexpected, but it’s so delicious you’ll be glad you tried it.
Lemon + Poppy Seed
Lemon and poppy seed is a classic combination that is used in many different dessert and baking recipes. Muffins, pound cake and bread are just a few of the traditional ways to use this flavor combination to make a delicious baked good to have on your table throughout the spring months.
Because this is a tried and true flavor combination, it’s a great one to experiment with! Try using this flavor profile for waffles, pancakes, cheesecake and even ice cream. All sorts of sweet treats will be complimented with lemon and poppy seed.
Strawberry + Spinach
Last, but not least is another flavor combination that has been loved for years. Strawberry and spinach comes together quite often to make bright and yummy salads. However, this is another classic that can be creatively turned into new recipes, like a strawberry and spinach dip or strawberry spinach tarts. This flavor combination is a hit, but isn’t often explored other than the classic salad, so try out these new recipes and bring them to parties to have the most unique dish there.
Are you inspired to get creative? Head to the kitchen and whip up some new recipes that will be sure to turn into family favorites this spring!
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.