salad Quaker Steak and Lube
Quaker Steak and Lube’s multi-textured Red, White and Bleu salad with spring salad mix, chopped romaine, apples, strawberries, blueberries, crumbled feta cheese, candied pecans and apple cider vinaigrette and a sprinkle of sumac.

Salad gets a center-of-the-plate upgrade

As consumer interest in salad grows, restaurants try new flavors and contrasting textures

Salad is no longer just a side dish or obligatory menu item for dieters, but a main-meal experience.

As consumer interest in salad has grown in recent years, restaurants are revamping or adding new offerings with more intense flavors, contrasting textures and innovative ingredient combinations to create salads that satisfy — and sell.

Seasonal strategies

“The expectation of today’s consumer of a salad is so different,” said Patr

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