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Foods to Add to Your Summer Menu - Part 2

Published :  July 22, 2017

Brighten up your dishes with fresh summer picks from garden to table.


In part 2 of our post on Foods to Add to Your Summer Menu you’ll discover more ways to add seasonal fruits and vegetables to your menu and win over consumers craving healthy choices. Remember, you don’t need to do it all. Even adding some of these to your current menu can turn it into a seasonal special and potentially turn into profits.

Sustainability is a big trend in food consumption with consumers becoming more cognizant of the environment, food production and transportation. Locally-sourced foods, such as farm-to-table are becoming increasingly popular and can help you connect and support the local economy to help give your business a healthy boost. Make sure the signage for these new items draws attention to the innovative ways you’re providing these new menu items.


6. Crazy for Citrus

Citrus flavors are synonymous with summer and it’s super easy to use citrus fruits in both sweet and savory dishes. They pack Vitamin C and a refreshing taste, which can heighten any food experience. Try citrus as a great addition to salads. Greek Fattoush Salad made with STACY’S® Pita Chips packs a crunch and features lemon juice in the dressing. Take advantage of the various citrus flavors to enhance and sweeten some of the meals you serve.


7. Dreamy Dippable Boxes

The warm season means people are spending more time outdoors. Packing up easy snacks is the perfect option for occasions like picnics, bike trips or beach days. Enlist seasonal and local vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, and cucumbers to make portable snack boxes. Add dips such as Sabra® Hummus, babaganoush or ranch to the mix to flavor up fresh veggies. These dippable boxes pack vitamins with vital nutrients to be eaten quickly anywhere and anytime

Add dips such as Sabra® hummus, babaganoush or ranch to the mix to flavor up fresh veggies.

8. Sexy Seasonal Salad

Salad isn’t just confined to a bowl! Spice up your regularly served salads with seasonal ingredients such as arugula, bell peppers, radishes and cucumbers. These add crunch, color, and flavor and can be sourced locally. Then throw that salad on a delicious flatbread. An easy and delicious recipe to make is a Sabra® Grilled Vegetable Hummus Pita Pizza, which features summer squash, tomatoes and delicious hummus. It’s the perfect nutrient-packed dish.


9. Spectacular Sprouts

Crunchy green sprouts are full of vitamins and minerals and make a great addition to salads or veggie-based bowls. Alfalfa, watercress and pea shoots are low in fat, have high Vitamin C and chlorophyll contents and can be found at local farmer’s markets.


10. Melon Mayhem

Sweet, ripe melons are the taste of summer. Try incorporating these juicy fruits into your food and drink offerings such as in prosciutto, salads, or even in a cocktail for a seasonal sweet spin.
By looking for seasonal foods to complement your offerings, you can keep your menu fresh, fun and flavorful.