Help your customers beat the heat this summer with innovative and inspiring dishes. Use local and seasonal ingredients and create refreshing recipes. Introduce cold soups on your menu: they’re fun, nutritious and different. The following ideas are just a sample of some tried and true summer hits.

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Putting aside the classics Vichyssoise and Gazpacho, some more original cold soup ideas include Cucumber Avocado Soup; Chilled Minted Pea and Buttermilk Soup; Chilled Oyster Princess Velouté; Chilled Ginger Strawberry Soup; or Chilled Cardamom Cantaloupe Soup.

Some people really dislike eating hot food on a hot summer day. A cooling, healthy option is salad, so try introducing gourmet meal salads with sustainable items like Blue Rare Albacore Tuna Nicoise Salad; Fig, Prosciutto and Parmesan Salad; Grilled Indian Organic Chicken and Veggie Salad; or the more classic but often forgotten Vegetables À La Grecque.

Cocktails are ideal for those hot summer weekend afternoons. For mixers, choose fresh juices free from preservatives and any artificial additives for the best results. You may try to experiment with more exotic fruits beyond the conventional berry or citrus for a more unique cocktail. Try mixing up some unique cocktails with fruits like peaches, pineapples, lychee or honeydew.

The summer heat tends to diminish the appetite, but you can avoid feeling full and
overheated by noshing on some of these recommended appetizers and sides. An excellent option is Crispy Fresh Nachos and Guacamole. The creamy coolness of the avocado is brightened with a splash of lime juice and cilantro to create a perfect summer treat begging to be tucked into with the help of some crispy, homemade nachos. You will definitely enjoy this dish so much you’ll soon be purchasing your own traditional molcajete (mortar and pestle) to help create the perfect consistency for your guacamole.

Continuing with the fresh summer produce theme, try Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp and Grapes. The flavor profile of this dish is truly stupendous, as the sweet grapes mesh with the light and toothsome shrimp and the juicy cucumber to absolutely delight the palate. Use the freshest shrimp possible when making this dish.

Marinating fish before grilling it can sometimes lead to issues with its texture and taste. To avoid this, grill the fish first, then marinate it with your favourite ingredients. Put it back on the grill for a few minutes before serving.

Finally, for those that enjoy a sweeter appetizer option, offer a flavour-packed Fresh Summer Fruit Salad in a Chardonnay Infusion. This dish is a wonderful blend of raw and fermented fruit flavours that are perfect to enjoy on a patio.

For a meatier yet still light and breezy dish, why not try Ling Cod Carpaccio with Cantaloupe. While ferocious in appearance, the ling cod possesses a sweet and delicate flesh that lends itself perfectly to the pounded carpaccio preparation, and looks stunning on the plate when served with fresh cantaloupe and herbs.

Since no proper meal is complete without dessert, try a seasonal Black Cherry and Almond Tart to add a delicious and satisfying end to your summer menu. The delightfully tart cherries and sweetly glazed almonds blend into a crunchy, cookie-like crust to create a home-style dessert masterpiece!

Shorter menus are now in demand as they are more appealing to consumers, especially millennials. There is also a high demand for quality and low cost ingredients. The shorter menu gives restaurant owners an opportunity to introduce seasonal ingredients. By finding the right supply channels, you can introduce the “Cuisine du marché” concept where you buy seasonal ingredients at their best prices and increase your profit margin.

Avoid cheesecakes and molten dark chocolate for dessert or anything with a lot of processed sugars. There are many other options that are lighter and fresher. Your customers will likely enjoy delicious seasonal fresh fruit desserts such as strawberry melba, fruit tartlets and clafoutis. Other options to try include a pineapple basil salad, or a peach champagne gratin, among other options.

These seasonal options are excellent choices for hot summer days and nights and are perfect for enjoying on a patio under the summer sun.

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