Spring Into Flavour: Adding Fresh Dishes To Your Restaurant Menu

Canadians love to dine out during the spring for several reasons. One of the main reasons is the weather. After a long, cold winter, Canadians are eager to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures and longer days. With the sun shining and the flowers blooming, there’s a sense of renewal and optimism that makes dining out during the spring a particularly enjoyable experience.

Another reason Canadians love to dine out during the spring is the abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Springtime brings an array of delicious produce such as asparagus, rhubarb, peas and strawberries. Chefs love to incorporate them into their menus. These fresh and flavourful ingredients provide diners with a taste of the season and make dining out during the spring a truly special experience.

With spring here, it’s the perfect time for restaurant owners to update their menus with fresh and flavourful dishes that will delight their customers. We have a few ideas!

Grilled asparagus salad.

Asparagus is a classic spring vegetable and grilling it brings out its natural sweetness and flavour. Combine grilled asparagus with fresh greens, cherry tomatoes and a light vinaigrette for a delicious and healthy salad that’s perfect for the season.

Spring vegetable risotto.

Risotto is a comforting and creamy dish that’s perfect for chilly spring evenings. Add in fresh spring vegetables like peas, artichokes and fava beans for a burst of flavour and colour. Top it off with some grated parmesan cheese for a finishing touch.

Spring pea soup.

Peas are a quintessential spring vegetable. A soup made with fresh peas is a great way to showcase their delicate flavour. Combine fresh peas with leeks, garlic and chicken stock for a simple and flavourful soup that’s perfect as a starter or a light meal.

Seared salmon with strawberry salsa.

Salmon is a versatile fish that pairs well with a variety of flavours. For a spring twist, sear some fresh salmon fillets and top them with a salsa made with fresh strawberries, mint and lime juice. The sweet and tangy flavours of the salsa complement the richness of the salmon perfectly.

Grilled lamb chops with mint pesto.

Lamb is a popular meat for springtime. Grilling it brings out its natural flavour and tenderness. Pair grilled lamb chops with a mint pesto made with fresh mint, garlic and olive oil for a burst of fresh and bright flavours.

Rhubarb crisp.

Rhubarb is a tangy and tart spring vegetable that’s perfect for desserts. Combine rhubarb with sugar, cinnamon and oats for a delicious and crunchy crisp. It’s perfect as a dessert or a sweet breakfast treat.

Strawberry shortcake.

Strawberries are a classic springtime fruit and a strawberry shortcake is a perfect way to showcase their sweet and juicy flavours. Why not layer fresh strawberries, whipped cream and buttery shortcake for a classic and indulgent dessert? It’s sure to please!

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