From morning to late-night snack, it’s no surprise that we’re big fans of including more fruit in dishes across dayparts. The fact is, fruit-forward entrées play up unique flavor combinations-often in formats that already appeal to patrons. Whether it’s tacos al pastor, brimming with marinated pork and grilled pineapple, or a fresh tuna poke bowl accented with diced mango, fruit adds a bright touch to any dish.
Not only does fruit pair perfectly with meat and seafood, it fits with the plant-based dining trend that continues to gain steam. From breakfast “smoothie bowls” to produce-filled stir-fry dishes, creative uses of fruit bring appealing color, texture and, of course, flavor to your operators’ vegetarian-friendly dishes. And as an essential component of many global cuisines, fruit flavors can bridge the gap between the familiar and the unexpected.
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Fruit chutneys, burger toppings and sauces made with DOLE® fruit are a great way to leverage this opportunity!
CARIBBEAN RANCH DRESSING, FEATURING DOLE® CHEF-READY MANGO FROZEN PURÉE
Perfectly sliced, cubed and diced fruit that delivers unbeatable time, labor and cost savings. Add a burst of fruit flavor to the menu, whenever your operators need it!
The versatility of our frozen fruit purées just can’t be beat. Made with premium quality fruit and no artificial ingredients or flavors, they’re ideal for creating memorable signature menu items.
MAXIMIZE TROPICAL FLAVOR EXCITEMENT BY USING DIFFERENT CUTS AND FORMATS OF MANGO MULTIPLE WAYS IN A SINGLE DISH. HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS.
Combine DOLE® Chef-Ready Mango Frozen Purée and DOLE® Chef-Ready Cuts Mango Cubes to make a chunky mango jam. Layer sliced brioche with ricotta cheese, mango jam and arugula; garnish with black sesame seeds.
The base of this refreshing drink is made with tomato juice, hot sauce, lime juice, chili powder, salt and DOLE® Chef-Ready Mango Frozen Purée. Fill a chili-lime rimmed glass, add lime slices and DOLE® Chef-Ready Cuts Mango Cubes, then top off with a light lager to serve.
Mix together DOLE® Chef-Ready Mango Frozen Purée and buttermilk ranch dressing; toss with spiralized carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and beets. Add DOLE® Chef-Ready Cuts Mango Cubes, grape tomatoes, shredded red onion and goat cheese for a unique, vibrant salad.
Head to dolefoodservice.com/videos to watch our “One Fruit, Three Ways” video. See our DOLE® Chef-Ready Cuts and DOLE® Chef-Ready Frozen Fruit Purées in action, with three on-trend menu applications.
The latest addition to our purée product line brings the flavor of ripe, juicy peaches to an array of dishes. Perfect for breakfast and brunch entrées, sauces/glazes for pork chops, seafood and more!
In both commercial and non-commercial operations, we’re seeing interesting menu items where fruit is the star of the show! Consider these examples as you develop new dishes featuring DOLE® fruit.
THAI MANGO RICE BOWL:
Mango, red bell peppers, ginger, chile paste and scallions, wok-seared in a caramelized mango sauce. Tossed with red curry-spiced peanuts and Thai basil, then topped with cilantro sprigs and a lime wedge.
Juicy half pound burger covered in sharp white cheddar cheese, drizzled with sriracha aioli, topped with cinnamon sugar-glazed grilled pine-apple rings and finished with housemade pineapple sweet chili sauce.
VEGAN QUINOA BOWL: Red quinoa, almond milk, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, banana, strawberries and blueberries.
We sampled unexpected, on-trend menu applications using Chef-Ready Cuts and Chef-Ready Frozen Fruit Purées at Pizza Expo, the world’s largest pizza industry show. These delicious recipes ranged from flatbreads to dessert pizzas to beverages, demonstrating the versatility of DOLE® fruit as an ingredient. Here’s what we presented: