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Summer Salad Flavor Trends

Posted: April 14, 2008

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Italian

After traditional American cuisine, Italian-inspired salads are the next most popular on the American dining menu, holding a 28% share. These salads often feature classic Italian pairings such as mozzarella and basil, as well as light olive oil-based salad dressings to bring out the traditional Italian flavors.

Buca Di Beppo offers a straight-forward, yet enticing Mozzarella Caprese Salad. With fresh mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes, roasted red and yellow peppers and fresh basil, this salad focuses on fresh, easy-to-enjoy flavor combinations and ingredients. Biba also lets the natural, delicious flavors of its ingredients shine through with the Insalata di Finocchio, Rucola e Radicchio. This Italian-style salad features thinly sliced fennel with arugula and radicchio. It is tossed in a light dressing of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Tex-Mex

As Mexican and Southwestern food continues to grow in popularity on the American menu, so do Tex-Mex-style salads. In the fourth quarter of 2007, Mexican and Southwestern salads accounted for 10% of salads on the menu. In contrast to the simplicity of many Italian salads, the Tex-Mex variety tends to feature more ingredients, more spices and more complex flavor combinations.