Salads for Spring

With the warmer weather of spring, the switch to lighter fare has begun. That change in dining habits translates to dinner offerings that are perceived as not so ‘heavy’. Dinner salads are the preferred choice of diner’s looking for fewer calories while still enjoying a satisfying meal.

It’s no surprise that ‘Entree Salads’ are on the top of the menu choices. The high demand for unique salad combinations has restaurants scrambling for new ideas to keep their salad menus fresh and trendy. Being able to mix and match so many different ingredients can only inspire the chef to create interesting flavor combinations along with texture variations.

With a little thought, you can add new items to your menu without having to make drastic changes. The traditional Greek Salad can be served as a dinner sized portion and crowned with a marinated lamb kabob. A Caprese Salad paired with Italian herbed grilled shrimp! Combining some of your restaurants center of the plate items with salad offerings is a great way to keep your menu seasonally up to date.

The hottest trend in salads today is an idea that’s been around for decades. The taco salad is a Mexican inspired dish which first appeared in America in the 1960s. It is traditionally served as a fried flour tortilla shell stuffed with shredded iceberg lettuce and topped with diced tomato, shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream and guacamole. Add seasoned ground beef or shredded chicken for a hearty Mexican inspired dish.

Today, with the availability of such a wide range of ingredients, the taco salad is anything but traditional. Consider a crispy fried tortilla shell filled with mixed mesclun greens and topped with buffalo fried chicken and gorgonzola cheese crumbles, or strips of your favorite fish, battered, deep-fried and topped with your creamy house dressing and shredded cheddar cheese.

These delicious edible ‘bowls’ are easy to make and are versatile enough that you can add a new special for them everyday. With a little practice you can learn to make your bowls different shapes. Experiment with fry baskets and similar tools to find what different styles you can create. Achieve a signature salad by developing a one-of-a-kind dish that your customers will only be able to find at your restaurant. This will keep them coming back for more while earning you top dollar!!

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