13 Weird Food Combinations That Actually Work

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By Jonathan Trent

Are you tired of eating the same things and looking to try out something new? You’re in the right place! From blueberries and steak to strawberries and balsamic vinegar, we’re here to share 13 bizarre food combinations that you may just end up loving!

Ketchup and Ranch Dressing

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If you like ketchup and you like ranch dressing, why not try them combined? This might sound unusual, but together they create a unique orange-hued dressing or dipping sauce that actually tastes really nice! The resulting sauce is versatile and can be used for fries, sandwiches, and salads.

Watermelon and Salt

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A combination of watermelon and salt together sounds all wrong, so why does it taste so insanely good? Because salt actually enhances the watermelon’s natural sweetness. Contrary to drying it out, it brings out the flavors. You’ll experience less bitterness and a more pronounced sweet taste.

Fruit Jelly and Scrambled Eggs

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You might be looking at this and thinking, “Hard pass!” However, jelly and scrambled eggs offer a unique sweet and savory breakfast experience. According to Business Insider, Chef Kelly Senyei argues that “strawberry jam is a surprisingly tasty accompaniment to scrambled eggs.” Grape jelly is another popular choice—a simple twist on traditional scrambled eggs.

Blueberries and Steak

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This may sound gross, but blueberry-based sauces add a sweet touch to steak. This bizarre combination balances the flavor without overpowering the meat. Give it a try—the unique flavors may surprise you!

Pizza and Ranch Dressing

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This combination has become increasingly popular in recent years, so it may not seem so bizarre to you now, but it once was! The tangy ranch complements the tomato sauce in an unexpected, addictive way. Domino’s Pizza played a role in popularizing this combination, and it is now a classic in many school cafeterias.

Pickles and Ice Cream

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Ice cream stores all over are hopping on the pickle trend. Boston ice cream shop J.P. Licks debuted pickle-flavored ice cream on National Pickle Day in 2022, and when Ben & Jerry’s created their own pickle flavor for guests touring their Vermont factory on April Fool’s Day in 2019, “most appreciated the chance to try it and some even loved it.”

(Hot) Honey and Pizza

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Another increasingly popular combination that you may turn your nose up at before you try it yourself is hot honey and pizza. Hot honey adds a new layer of flavor to pizza, offering a sweet and spicy kick. This combination is gaining popularity in pizzerias across the country, especially pepperoni pizzas.

Salt and Pepper on Apples

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Why not add a savory twist to a sweet and healthy snack? Eating plain old apples every day can get boring fast. A simple yet surprisingly effective combination to switch things up is salt and pepper. These seasonings enhance the apple’s natural flavors. Don’t knock it before you try it!

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Sandwich

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The Irish Times says this is “a sandwich fit for a king.” This famous combination was made popular by Elvis Presley, merging the sweetness of banana with the saltiness of bacon and creamy peanut butter. It may sound unappealing, but this trio offers a unique blend of sweet, savory, and salty flavors​.

Popcorn and Milk

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Another cereal alternative that sounds odd but you’re likely to enjoy is popcorn! Instead of cereal, try pouring milk over freshly popped popcorn. This combo provides a unique blend of textures, with the crunchy popcorn softened by the milk. It’s a novel way to enjoy two classic snack items that may become your new favorite!

Bacon and Jelly

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Combining the savory flavor of bacon with the sweetness of jelly creates a surprisingly delicious taste. The jelly adds a unique sweetness that complements the saltiness of the bacon. This combination can be particularly enjoyable on a warm piece of toast​. Try it out for yourself and see!

Salami and Grapes

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Wrapping a slice of salami around a grape offers a tasty mix of savory meat and sweet fruit, and the contrasting flavors and textures make for an intriguing appetizer or snack. If you like charcuterie boards, you’re probably going to like this combination, which balances the richness of the salami with the refreshing burst of grape​.

Strawberry, Basil, and Balsamic Vinegar

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For a refreshing and surprisingly tasty snack, you’ve got to try this bizarre combo. Sweet strawberries and savory basil create a unique blend of flavors, enhanced with a dash of balsamic vinegar. It’s ideal for a summer salad or a fancy snack on crackers.

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