As diners continue to seek out the freshest, tastiest salad offerings they can find, they’re showing genuine appreciation for the tasty elements that balance out a perfect salad. Offering the highest-quality ingredients, the best-tasting dressings and the crunchiest, most delicious salad toppings. Marzetti has you covered in every aspect of creating a salad home run.
Make your own crunch with chana chor
One easy-to-make and inexpensive topper is crunchy garbanzo beans, which fulfills diners’ desire for a more plant-based proteins and their increasing interest in globally conscious dining, all in one simple dish. While the chickpea is popular in a number of different cuisines, including Indian, Turkish, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Greek, Italian and Spanish, the U.S. historically has been slow to get on the chickpea bandwagon.
That’s changed with the rapid adoption of a traditional Indian street food called chana chor, which are nothing more than chickpeas tossed in oil and seasonings, then baked until crispy. Packages of roasted chickpeas are easy to order in, but you also can make your own fresh version quite easily. Check out the recipe section below to get started.
Get nutty and feeling fruitastic
Nuts and seeds, both increasingly popular sources of protein are growing in popularity as salad toppers. Try ordering in a big bunch and toasting them lightly to bring out the flavors and aromatic oils. They also will keep quite a while in your freezer. Consider topping your next salad special with almonds, chia seeds, toasted quinoa, “popped” sorghum, hemp seeds, corn nuts, sunflower seeds or pepitas.
On the sweet side, shelf-stable options for crunchy toppers include dried fruit or banana chips. Check out this recent post on the popularity of fruit in salads.
Don’t forget leftovers
Did you precook too much bacon for brunch? Are you stuck with a few extra loaves of bread? Make your own bacon bits or croutons, and you’ll have a head start on crunchy toppings. If you’re overloaded with parmesan cheese, making small crisps as a “cracker” to top a salad can be a savory, umami-rich way to balance milder veggies with richer flavor notes.
Time for Simply Dressed
No matter what’s topping your salads, you’ll want to dress them right, and there’s no better way to do that than by choosing Marzetti Simply Dressed® dressings. They’re all made with a minimal number of all-natural, simple ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil, canola oil and sea salt, and they all pair well with crunchy toppers.
In the Future, Everything Will Be Made of Chickpeas, from Atlantic
Alton Brown’s roasted chickpea recipe