Given how international tastes are a strong food trend these days, we thought it only appropriate to see how global flavors are landing in appetizers. Here are descriptions of just a few appetizers we’ve seen on menus lately.

This article was published in January 2017 and revised in January 2023.

Strawberry Almond Salad With Curry Amaranth Patties

Fresh spinach topped with sliced strawberries, toasted almonds, red onion, and curry spiced amaranth cakes drizzled with balsamic dressing. (Ancient grains grew in interest during 2017 and continue to gain popularity to the present day. We talk more about that in this article in the FDR blog.)

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Sliders

Roasted cauliflower florets topped with pepper jack cheese, pickled shallots, and sambal aioli on toasted brioche slider buns.

Jamaican Jerk Skate Lettuce Wraps

Skate wing fillets grilled jerk style topped with cabbage, cilantro, grated radish, and charred pineapple aioli wrapped in fresh butter lettuce.

Sweet And Savory Watermelon Tuna Sashimi

Large cuts of seedless watermelon topped with fresh ahi tuna, goat cheese, and bean sprouts drizzled with spicy mayo.

Hoisin Buffalo Wings With Kimchi Dressing

Crispy chicken wings tossed in savory hoisin sauce topped with sesame seeds with kimchi dressing on the side for dipping.

Spanish Quesadilla

Roasted chimichurri braised chicken with corn, black beans, shallots, and manchego cheese wrapped in a giant flour tortilla with roasted tomato sour cream on the side.

Kimchi And Crab Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Plain Greek yogurt is mixed with sautéed spinach, crab, minced kimchi, and grated parmesan cheese stuffed into a portabella mushroom and roasted until creamy, delicious, and golden.

<< Say “yes” to kimchi, even in your cocktails. Find a very special bloody mary recipe here. >>

Mediterranean Grain Salad

Freekeh grains tossed with wilted spinach topped with lemon-grilled diced chicken, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and feta cheese with dill vinaigrette.

Thai Turnip Green Salad

Braised and chilled turnip greens tossed with green onions, yellow bell pepper, water chestnuts, and carrots all tossed in Thai cashew dressing.

Sriracha Gazpacho

A blend of tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, and bell peppers infused with balsamic and sriracha for a spicy cool treat.

For even more 2017 food/beverage trends, check out this list

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