For the Love of Flavor

Taste buds bored to tears? Here are ten unusual food pairings that will wake up your week. Several of my readers have written me lately with really interesting, unusual and fresh food combinations, so if you need to shake up your menu, don’t miss these tips.

As a bonus, they’re all fresh, low-carb and loaded with antioxidants.

10. Tomato “Toast”

Tired of toast? Want to reduce the carbs in your diet? Yes, you do. Slice up beefsteak or large heirloom tomatoes, top with cheese of choice, and pop them into the toaster oven. Not recommended for a vertical toaster.

9. Eggs topped with Cashew Butter

Thanks for the Omega-3-friendly tip, Donna!

8. Sliced Grapefruit, Mango and Avocado

Our editor, Sara, swears by this combo.


Uncommon Muse Flickr Photo

7. Green Olives in Scrambled Eggs

Toss out the salt and try this flavorful mix instead.

6. Strawberries and Asparagus

This was one of the strangest combinations I’d ever heard, but reader Nickie insisted I had to try it. I steamed the asparagus, let it cool, then sliced up the spears and tossed with olive oil and halved berries. Garnish with a little black pepper, and prepare to eat the entire bowl in one sitting.

Just try it!

Maruchan313’s Flickr Photo

5. Goat Cheese and Blueberries

A lot more interesting than yogurt.

4. Sliced Jalapenos and Cottage Cheese

The healthy person’s answer to those awful fried jalapeno poppers. Thanks, Anne.

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Thomas Hawk Flickr Photo

3. Mango and Cucumbers

Sliced up and mixed together, this is light and refreshing.

2. Tuna Salad with Green Apples

I buy the Omega-3 mayonnaise and use it sparingly. Add in lots of chunks of green apple and a big dash of nutmeg. Good stuff.

1. What’s your favorite food combination that surprises people?

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About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Baked buttercup squash with steamed collard greens…opposite tastes and textures, and really compliment each other. Great with eggs for breaksfast!

  2. I love a sour cherry salsa.
    Simply toss pitted cherries, diced onion, some garlic a splash of olive oil and maybe a lil cilantro. Use it to top chicken, steamed veggies, anything!

  3. For me, tomatoes seem bring out the flavor in raw almonds. When I eat a tomato I follow each bite with a couple of almonds.

  4. Beets, pickles, carrots and sauerkraut with a spoonful of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Yum.

  5. I know this is an old post but I wanted to put my two cents in. Apples and onions are a great combination as well as carrots and just about any nut butter

  6. raw yelowtail tuna,medregal tuna with lemon ginger chile and sweet peppers cinnamon(dressing) one grapefruit avocado celery cucumber red onion cilantro(a little ceviche) with yelowtail and medregal tuna avocado rugula maki

    steamed pumking whith cinnamon thats life

  7. I found Coconut milk with my whey protein shake is really tasty. I have a spoon of almond butter for a little more fat.

  8. When I have a sandwich with a strong flavored meat (i.e., liverwurst, tuna, corned beef) I like to top the meat with sliced, pickled beets.

    Another sandwich: cream cheese, mung bean sprouts and a little bit of chopped onion.

  9. I have seen a vertical toaster on its side but I still wouldn’t use it for tomatoes with cheese! I like strawberries with balsamic vinegar. I like your idea of green olives in scrambled eggs. I think I will try the eggs with a green olive tapenade I make with anchovies and garlic.