Six winter salads to inspire your menu

Salads, so often the preserve of the balmy summer months, are starting to make their mark on winter menus and rightly so. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients, they’re surprisingly straightforward and completely delicious.

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1. Mackerel, buckwheat & pear salad

The smoked mackerel gives this recipe a rich, salty flavour which is balanced by the fresh sweetness of the pear and the crunch of the celery. Taking its lead from Nordic tradition, the buckwheat is toasted and offers a great texture to the dish.

2. Radicchio salad and manchego vinaigrette

A seemingly plain salad that looks like leafy greens, it’s packed with flavour thanks to Toro Bravo restaurant in Oregon who suggest tossing the salad with a delicate dusting of carefully grated manchego cheese, and consider using a homemade salad dressing to avoid a fierce bite.

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3. Superfood salad

As the name suggests, this salad is full to bursting with goodness and a whole host of flavours and textures to treat the senses. With black rice, goji berries and pumpkin seeds amongst many more, this winter salad can be pulled together very quickly.

4. Warm chicken and spinach salad with chilli

This recipe updates the classic that is chicken salad by loading it with vegetables, and vitamins including tomatoes, pepper, spinach, chillis, and plenty of garlic! An easy lunch for the office.

5. Beetroot and feta salad

The colour of this salad is eye-catching, and the contrast between the deep purple of the beetroot and the bright white of the feta gives it a great standout. Serve it with crusty bread taken straight from the oven for a real treat.

6. Potato, bacon and egg salad

Sounding more like breakfast than lunch, this salad is a modern interpretation of classic potato skins.

Reboot With Joe goes into more detail about the benefits of eating seasonally, so review your salad offer and consider conducting some customer research before you stock up your saladette counter.

If you’re ready for a major overhaul of the complete offer and not just the menu, consider replacing the counter. Consult a specialist retailer like Fridge Freezer Direct fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/commercial-refrigeration-brands/i-l/interlevin/interlevin-esa900-refrigerated-saladette-counter who stock a wide range of refrigeration units.

Monitor the success of the salads and collect feedback, even anecdotally, from customers about their thoughts on your menu, and don’t be afraid to amend it again.