Seasonality can make all the difference in the execution of an appealing salad. Rich, colorful, in-season vegetables like heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion pop against a natural olive wood board creating a crisp, attractive presentation. Serving a classic, simple-to-prep salad like panzanella in a contemporary way will impress diners and increase perceived value. Panzanella is a traditional Italian bread salad made with day-old bread that rehydrates in a combination of flavorful oils and dressings like sweet tomato juice or balsamic vinaigrette. Cross-utilize leftover bread for a high-value application or make this salad with fresh-baked ciabatta or sourdough to add more flavor and substance. This also makes a very versatile menu selection since it is appropriate to serve as a side, entrée, or even a shareable salad. Incorporating local produce will further enhance your salad by appealing to younger generations looking for more honest ingredients. Maines partners with local farms like Pride of NY to ensure freshness and quality carry right from the field to your customers’ plates.