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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

Diners are increasingly hyper-focused on high-protein and plant-based foods. Alongside all of the new-fangled, lab-based, cell-cultured options out there is the humble bean. A staple food for millenia, beans are being re-examined as a healthy, versatile ingredient worthy of menu inclusion.

  • Retro and heirloom recipes—like Southern succotash, French cassoulet, and Cajun red beans and rice—fit the bill for those in search of authenticity.
  • Most world cuisines incorporate some type of bean in their classic dishes. Think feijoada in Brazil, black beans and rice with plantains in Puerto Rico, and garbanzo beans in Israel. Modern interpretations of these recipes are packed with produce and herbs.
  • The creamy texture of mung beans is proving an ideal substitute for those that are eliminating soy from their diets.