This Graphic Shows How To Pair Ingredients For More Flavourful Salads

This Graphic Shows How To Pair Ingredients For More Flavourful Salads

Tired of the same old boring salads? While there are nearly endless ingredient combinations you can try, this graphic suggests tried-and-true flavour pairings that balance primary tastes.

Huffington Post used the excellent book The Flavour Bible (which we've mentioned before) to pair main ingredients -- avocado, bacon, chicken -- with other ingredients that go well with them and balance sweet, salty, sour and bitter tastes. The result: A salad-making cheatsheet.

Naturally, you can adjust or substitute ingredients and the dressing as you like, but in general you can't go wrong with these combos.

A Scientifically Proven Guide to Ordering a Delicious Chopped Salad Every Time [The Huffington Post]


  • Good post, but ‘flavourful’? Surely ‘flavoursome’ is a word we already have for this job? Reminds me of when ‘up-coming’ was coined when we had the perfectly servicable ‘forthcoming’.

    • Upcoming predates the letter U (vpcoming), and has been in common use since the 14th century. Forthcoming is newer by 200 years — and it doesn’t even mean the same thing!

      Flavourful is newer than flavoursome, but they both predate you, and are both pretty widely used. Flavoursome has a ~10% lead in Google Books, and flavourful has a ~15% lead on the web. (Flavorful absolutely dominates over flavorsome, though, and this is a cross-post from Lifehacker US.)

      You might want to consider flavorous and flavoury as alternatives though, if age is really important. We had those long before someone pointlessly used flavoursome instead.

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