5 Unexpected Flavor Pairings You Need to Try

Some common flavor combinations are so obvious they feel made for each other, like peanut butter and jelly. To break the mold, we're rounding up five unexpected pairings that might not seem like they would taste good but are actually a delicious surprise for your taste buds. The following recipes will inspire you to toss together your own unique dishes and explore different flavor profiles.

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Raisin and Mushroom
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POPSUGAR Photography | Nicole Perry

Raisin and Mushroom

Sweet and chewy raisins need an earthy partner in crime, which is where mushrooms come in. Try making mushroom pilaf with raisins and see for yourself.

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Orange and Sweet Potato
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POPSUGAR Photography | Anna Monette Roberts

Orange and Sweet Potato

The brightness of orange brings life to a dish, and sweet potatoes are no exception. Blend the combo into a smoothie or zest a little orange over your next sweet potato casserole.

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White Chocolate and Sage
POPSUGAR Photography | Anna Monette Roberts
POPSUGAR Photography | Nicole Perry

White Chocolate and Sage

The richness of white chocolate can be too much for some, but it's perfectly offset by the woody flavor of sage. This white chocolate mac 'n' cheese with sage is too indulgent to resist.

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Strawberry and Tomato
POPSUGAR Photography | Grace Hitchcock
POPSUGAR Photography | Nicole Perry

Strawberry and Tomato

Did you know tomatoes are really fruit? Strawberries are their sister from another mister. After tasting a strawberry caprese pasta salad, you'll see what we mean.

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Maple Syrup and Avocado
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POPSUGAR Photography | Jenny Sugar

Maple Syrup and Avocado

Maple syrup pairs well with anything, but mixing it in with creamy avocado makes the two flavors shine. This chocolate avocado pudding with maple syrup is the perfect way to do it.

More From DOLE® Fruit & Veggie Blends

More From DOLE® Fruit & Veggie Blends

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