Flavor-Packed Sides Take Inspiration from Across the World
Use a global staple to introduce exciting new flavors to a dining hall menu.
Volume 2, Issue 2 | June 2018
Arroz. Riso. Gohan. However you say it, rice is a staple all over the world. Why? It’s inexpensive, packed with nutrients, and keeps you full. It’s also a starch chameleon, picking up any combination of spices, herbs, and seasonings you throw into the mix.
Use this versatility to your advantage in the C&U arena! Today’s college students expect variety and are likely to try new flavors. U.S.-grown rice is the perfect canvas to showcase delicious international side dishes.
C&U operators can easily spice up a dining hall menu by taking cues from the flavors of Thailand, Greece, India, Mexico, and other regions across the world. Incorporating international flavors into sides offers a cost-effective way to see which ethnic cuisines your diners gravitate toward, so you can serve up more in the future.
Need some inspiration? These globally inspired sides take you way beyond your basic peas-and-carrots rice pilaf, and they all start with U.S.-grown rice. Plus, you can easily customize many of these dishes to accommodate special diets.
Make It Work
- Build a daily menu or pop-up stand around a specific type of cuisine, serving complementary mains, drinks, and desserts.
- Position veggie-packed global sides as a filling, non-boring alternative to a side salad.
- Make these dishes available as a side or full portion.
Search our recipes by cuisine type for additional global inspiration.