Modern salads won’t take a back seat to any other category when built with layered flavors and balanced textures that showcase ingredients from the world’s favorite cuisines. Salads should be a symphony of colors, flavors, and textures, inspired by global dishes. Thoughtful, creative combinations that play on seasonal ingredients and bold flavors will be in high demand in early 2023.
Middle Eastern: Combine a hearty blend of chopped cucumber and tomato with torn Butter lettuce, chickpeas, fresh dill, red onions, and Feta cheese. Make it pop with a dressing accented with preserved lemons.
Japanese: Mix the fermented flavors of pickled cucumber rounds with chopped seaweed, marinated mushrooms, and shredded daikon; add miso-ginger or ume plum dressing.
West African: Toss the sustainable grain fonio with chopped collard greens, black-eyed peas, minced chile peppers, and tomatoes. Pickled okra makes a great topper.
Mexican: Top crunchy romaine lettuce with avocado cubes, charred corn, chopped radish, black beans, pepitas, and cotija cheese; drizzle with a refreshing cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Bonus points for garnishing with huitlacoche and/or squash blossom leaves