Three salads to complement your pizza

If you have a selection of pizzas on your restaurant menu, you may want to consider offering some healthier options to your customers. A large pizza laden with cheese and ham, served with a choice of garlic bread – cheesy garlic bread is so tempting! – is not the healthiest menu choice. Consider serving smaller pizzas, or even pizza in slices rather than serving a whole one per person. Then present a tempting array of salads to be served alongside.

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Take a look at these ideas, which will have your customers coming back for more. You could give them the option of choosing smaller portions of all three salads.

Waldorf salad

This is a classic made with celery, apples, walnuts and grapes, dressed with mayonnaise. Serve it on a bed of crisp leaves. You can keep a batch of the salad in the fridge. Just add fresh leaves every time to finish off the dish. Webbs wonder or cos are good choices.

For more salad recipes and ideas, take a look at https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/search. You are sure to find some inspiration. Salad does not have to be boring. Make sure you choose top-quality leaves rather than cheap mixtures in bags that have too much iceberg and far too many stalks. Rocket, watercress, pea shoots, webbs wonder and cos are the top choices for the discerning chef. Tomatoes come in such a good range nowadays, grown for their flavour and beautiful red colour. There are also yellow and green varieties available.

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Fruit-based salad

If you are serving meat toppings on your pizzas, such as sausage and chorizo, offer a really light side option of a salad laden with fruit. Strawberries, blueberries and watermelon with feta crumbled in and dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil create a fresh salad to get the taste buds tingling.

To keep your ingredients fresh at all times, ensure you have a really top-quality Saladette Counter. You can look at the range available at https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/commercial-refrigeration-brands/i-l/interlevin/interlevin-esa900-refrigerated-saladette-counter.

Asian spicy prawn salad

This is one to reserve for a fairly plain pizza, such as a margherita. Marinate the prawns with some lime, tabasco and chilli and grill them over a high heat. Dress the salad with oil, honey and sweet chilli sauce. Add carrots and courgettes shaved using a vegetable peeler, along with some crunchy leaves like cos.