Why wait ’til dessert to tickle your tastebuds with a touch of sweetness? We talk about how a sweet touch can round out savory tastes and make a dish more complex in this post about our Seared Trout with Peach & Arugula Salad. The idea is that the sweet notes round out the savory base of the dish. It’s an easy way to create a new and interesting version of a go-to meal, one that dazzles and excites your tastebuds.

Whether you use honey, fruit, syrup, or actual sugar, a touch here and there will go a long way towards making your meals taste better than ever.

Our Favorite Sweet and Savory Meals

Seared Chicken & Sour Cherry Pan Sauce In this sweet & savory recipe hearty seared chicken gets a backup from sweet and tangy sour cherries.

Yuzu & Honey-Glazed Yellowtail Fillets with Miso-Vegetable Rice & Cashews

Yuzu & Honey-Glazed Yellowtail Fillets. Delicate yellowtail fillets and nutty bring the savory flavor to this dinner. A sweet honey glaze and tart yuzu kosho take the flavor over the top.

Heirloom Tomato & Stone Fruit Salad with Goat Cheese Toasts & Pickled Onion

Heirloom Tomato & Stone Fruit Salad Pickled red onion is incredibly delicious. Tangy and sweet, with a burst of mellowed piquancy, it completely transforms the ingredients around it. It’s also fast and easy to make. In this bountiful summer salad (served with crispy goat cheese baguette toasts), we’re featuring it two ways by using some of the pickling mixture as the base of a vinaigrette that coats arugula, romaine lettuce, vibrant heirloom tomatoes and summer stone fruit. 

Tomato, Watermelon & Farro Salad with Seared Halloumi

Tomato, Watermelon & Spelt Salad. Halloumi, a sheep’s milk cheese, is originally from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and is popular throughout Greece and the Middle East. It has a high melting point, which means it gets super crispy in a grill pan, and a salty nature, which is why it’s often served with sweet, juicy fruits like watermelon and tomato.

Bronzed Salmon with Orange Marmalade. This recipe was the the proud winner of our Mother’s Day Recipe Contest–the first-ever crowd-sourced recipe. The dish hits all the right sweet, sour, and spicy notes: there’s a mix of Cajun spices, brown sugar and tangy orange marmalade.

sweet and savory chicken and apricot curry

Chicken & Apricot Coconut Curry. In so many areas of the world, curry is a way of life, and it’s paired with ingredients both sweet and savory. We created this recipe using ingredients that celebrate the home flavors of the various curry destinations—coconut milk used in Southeast Asia, curry powder in the style of India and Bangladesh, and nuts and dried fruit as in North Africa and the Middle East.

sweet & savory pork medallion

Spice-Rubbed Pork Medallions with Peach Salsa. Not just sweet and savory but sweet and spicy, our juicy pork is seasoned with curry powder, Spanish paprika, ground fennel, and brown sugar. That mix becomes a caramelized crust when the pork is seared in a hot pan. Afterwards, we balance out the spice with more sweetness, in the form of peach salsa.

chicken with candied pistachio

Chicken with Candied Pistachios.You might not have thought you’d learn to make candy while cooking dinner, but in this dish you melt and boil sugar until it turns into caramel. Together with a hint of sea salt in the caramelized sugar, the rich pistachios become an extraordinary garnish for each bite of the crispy-skinned chicken.

sweet and savory stir-fry

Maple & Sesame Root Vegetable Stir-Fry. Maple syrup enlivens this beautiful vegetarian toss of lotus root, sunchokes, bok choy, and sweet potatoes. Since many veggies (sweet potatoes especially) already have a degree of sweetness, the syrup helps amplify that side of the dish, in contrast to the savory cashews, sesame oil, and soy sauce that finish the stir fry.

sweet & savory pork tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb ChutneyThough it’s a fruit, rhubarb is really not all that sweet to begin with, a problem that’s easily remedied by turning it into a sweet-and-sour chutney itself. Note the beautiful pink color of that chutney! As with the Pork Medallions with Peach Salsa, pork loves to be paired with fruity sides. 

moroccan stew

Moroccan Vegetable StewHere, two kinds of dried fruit–dates and prunes–highlight the variety of vegetables that make their home in this quintessential Moroccan stew, one that derives its flavor from the ras el hanout spice blend. The blend, which can vary from spice shop to spice shop, contains sweet notes, including coriander, allspice, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. A little bit of honey adds sweetness here, too.