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2018 Summer Food Trends

Last summer was the Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino. This winter was Alison Roman’s chocolate chunk shortbread cookies. What’s the “it” food or recipe of Summer 2018?

It may be too soon to tell, but substituting vegetables for meat and using healthy ingredients to add strong flavors to common dishes are picking up steam. We have a feeling that you’ll be seeing a lot of these dishes pop up on your Instagram feed this summer.

Cauliflower is Cool

With the rise of plant-based diets and veganism in 2018, we expect to see a huge uptick in cauliflower-focused dishes this summer.

Cauliflower is fat-free, carb free, full of fiber, and capable of carrying a whole slew of flavors. In fact, fiber gives cauliflower a juicy, meaty texture when it is prepared in place of carnivore-friendly ingredients. Home chefs are transforming cauliflower florets into meat-free steak, chicken wings, and chicken sandwiches.

Hot Tip: Grab your stainless steel skillet and add Cauliflower Steaks with Greek yogurt and coconut-turmeric relish to this week’s menu.

Photo Credit: Bon Appetit

Pickle That

This summer is all about the pickle. Expect to find everything pickled: peaches, jalapenos, carrots, and even ginger.  Fermented foods offer a healthy dose of probiotics that are good for gut health. Plus, home cooks can easily get into the pickling action with a quick pickle using nothing more than vinegar, salt, and sugar.

Look for exotic fermented flavors like kimchi, miso paste, gochujang, and kombucha, as well as milk and water kefir, to become a summer staple.

Jackfruit Jumps Up

Vegetarians and vegans have been using jackfruit as a meat substitute for the last decade, but 2018 is the year this fruit becomes mainstream.

Jackfruit can look a lot like pulled pork or shredded chicken, but with a neutral taste profile, jackfruit soaks up the flavor of any spices or sauces you add to it. As a result, jackfruit is making a cameo in flavorful sauces and condiments. In fact, Sabra’s launching a Sweet & Smoky BBQ Hummus with Jackfruit and Smoked Paprika this month.

Hot Tip: Grab your Made In saute pan and start cooking up some jackfruit tacos.

Photo Credit: Sam Turnbull 

Take-Two With Tahini

Tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, is making waves this summer. Traditionally used to make hummus, tahini has moved into the position of 2018’s most popular condiment. You can drizzle over sweet potatoes, mix it with mustard and honey to create a salad dressing or spread it on a slice of bread for a savory sandwich.

This summer, it’s going a step further. We predict Tahini will become much more common on dessert and beverage menus: think brownies, cookies, and smoothies.

With the kick-off of Summer around the corner, we’re keeping an eye on our social feeds to see if our predictions become a trendy reality. In the meantime, you can't go wrong with some summer basics: summer squash, boiled lobster, shrimp tacos or the perfect cheeseburger. 

Photo Credit: The Kitchn


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