Impress your guests with fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables combined with delicious dressings and toppings. Support their healthy efforts with these trending salad concepts by Restaurantware.
Bacon, Cheese, and Collard Greens
Raw collard greens have finally made their debut with salad sophisticates and epicureans. Discard the stems and cut greens into ½ inch ribbons. Cook bacon until crispy and put aside. Roast fingerling or blue potatoes tossed in rendered bacon fat and season with salt and pepper. Plate greens, potatoes, and bacon. Dress with a combination of whisked olive oil, vinegar, honey, and mustard. Sprinkle with a crumbled soft cheese like Stilton or Roquefort.
Chopped Kale Waldorf
Since its creation in 1896 by Waldorf Astoria’s dining room manager, Oscar Tschirky, the Waldorf salad has been a mainstay on salad menus throughout the West. Overtime, the Waldorf has morphed into many variations to meet the needs of changing palates. For a lighter version, use a balsamic vinaigrette instead of a mayonnaise dressing. Combine apples, walnuts, chopped grilled chicken, craisins, goat cheese, and chopped kale. Toss with dressing and top with coarsely ground black pepper.
Spicy Spiralized Cucumber and Carrot
Vegetable noodles help promote healthy weight-loss and maintenance. Use a spiralizer to create vegetable noodles out of carrots, cucumbers, and radishes. Gently mix noodles until colors are distributed evenly. Add rice vinegar, lime juice, honey, and sesame oil, and stir to make sure all noodles are coated. Season with pepper flakes and cilantro and chill for two hours before serving. When ready to serve, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Pina Colada Fruit Salad
Combine green and red grapes, pineapple chunks, raspberries, halved strawberries, and finely chopped mint. Stir a splash of almond extract into non-alcoholic pina colada mix and add sugar to taste. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and refrigerate for one hour. To serve, drizzle some coconut rum over the mixture and sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top.
Powerful Protein Quinoa
Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, contains a host of vitamins and minerals, and has all nine amino acids, making it a complete protein. After quinoa is cooked and chilled, layer it with leafy romaine, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, finely chopped onions, and cilantro. Dress with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and lime juice. Serve in a transparent glass bowl or a compostable plastic bowl to show off the delicious, healthy, and colorful layers.