Authenticity is a powerful word. When it comes to global trends, those that offer “the real thing” satisfy with a bold world flavor experience. This push for high-quality, authentic preparations presents an opportunity to create unique menu items that feature popular nutrition-packed powerhouse ingredients. It covers a broad range of dishes based on cuisines rich in whole grains, fresh produce and aromatic spices. Our featured recipes focus on genuine global flavors with craveable, comfort food appeal.
Sauces and condiments
These are culinary tools that can be used to elevate dishes and increase menu differentiation. In our recipe for merguez meatballs, a combination of creamy hummus and feta labneh—thick, strained yogurt blended with punchy lemon zest and feta cheese—complement the spicy turkey meatballs, whether they’re served on their own as a shareable snack or piled into fresh pita for a satisfying sandwich. Chimichurri, a traditional Argentinian sauce for grilled meat, combines fresh parsley and cilantro with green onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper, olive oil and vinegar for a condiment with almost unlimited applications. Here it tops grilled salmon and rainbow carrots for a winning combination, with the bright green herbaceous condiment adding a pop of flavor without overpowering the mild fish.
Classics like Hawaiian “Loco Moco” score bonus points when they’re streamlined with on-hand inventory. In this case, a blend of basmati rice and red quinoa is topped with a burger patty, a savory mushroom gravy and a pre-cooked fried egg making it a fast and filling breakfast or lunch option with labor-saving ingredients that are easy to pull through the rest of the menu. Chicken chaufa aeropuerto, a classic Peruvian fried rice dish influenced by the influx of Chinese immigrants to Peru, combines fried rice with chicken, chorizo and the classic mix of ginger, garlic and scallions. This is a perfect dish to use up leftover basmati rice; next-day rice is easier to fry up golden-brown without becoming greasy.
This yogurt-based blended beverage traditional to the Indian subcontinent is meant to provide relief from scorching heat. Its combination of fruit, honey, ice and fresh herbs or spices is refreshing and not-too-sweet. It makes a light breakfast or between-meal snack, and our two versions—spiced banana and cucumber-mint—highlight authentic flavor combinations.
Fresh, mild grilled salmon gets a major flavor boost from herbaceous chimichurri. The bright notes of parsley and cilantro are rounded out with garlic, jalapeño and green onion for a traditional Argentinian condiment that has tons of versatility.
This Peruvian fried rice dish is a satisfying blend of toasty basmati rice, tender chicken and peppers, chorizo sausage, and deep notes of ginger, garlic and scallions.
Spicy, tender meatballs get pushed over the top with the addition of creamy hummus and a rich, tangy feta labneh made by straining Greek yogurt overnight before blending with feta and lemon zest.
This classic Hawaiian lunch makes a satisfying breakfast too—a burger patty and a fried egg smothered in mushroom beef gravy over rice. We’ve swapped out the traditional white rice with a flavorful blend of basmati and red quinoa for a boost of whole grains and even bigger flavor.
The combination of mint and cucumber is as intriguing as it is refreshing. Lightly sweetened with honey, the fresh mint really shines and a squeeze of lime ties everything together.
Crushed ice and yogurt blended with creamy banana, ginger and allspice is a refreshing and not-too-sweet beverage that tastes like a treat but packs nutrition in every glass.