- Seasonal Items
According to the Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report, 65% of consumers say they are more likely to buy seasonal food and beverages. Almost a third of that group say they would pay an up-charge. For these cold coming months, try pairing a butternut squash or pumpkin soup with a hearty grain salad such as a quinoa.
- Ethnic Flavors
50% of diners are down to try some new and unique types of soup, so why not try an ethnic flare? Greek, Asian, and Southwestern salads could all satisfy this craving. As far as soups, a good idea would be to capitalize on how trendy ramen has become (not to mention how affordable it is to make). Other options include gumbo, tortilla soups, matzo, or even borscht!
- Healthy Combos
Diners are more and more often looking for low-calorie, low-carb, or gluten-free options. Try soups and salads loaded with super foods. A black bean soup topped with avocado pairs well with a taco salad, for example. A garlicky kale salad would pair well with a tomato based white bean soup. The combinations are endless and according to the Soup & Salad Report, 42% of consumers are willing to pay a premium for healthier combos.
- A Classic with a Twist
Who says tomato soup is boring? Chefs across the country are reinventing the wheel on tomato soup by adding their own unique twists with chilies, Sriracha, and their own unique blend of spices. While tomato soup may be getting a facelift, consumers still associate the classic with comfort. In fact, 41% of consumers said they would order tomato soup if it was available on a menu. The best part of this classic is it can be paired with just about any salad!