Arctic char lettuce wrap

How Fresh Menu Ideas Will Grow Spring Holidays Success

Celebrate with fresh, flavorful recipes perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and beyond.

If the longer, warmer days aren’t enough, spring holidays are a calling card inviting people to leave home and see what’s new. Take into account the holidays—St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day—as well as spring’s promise of freshness to excite customers.

The possibilities beckon, and there’s a universal craving for bright flavors that herald the coming of green grass, leafy trees, blue skies and fresh beginnings. Diners today are quite savvy to seasonal ingredients, and keen to see menus they perceive as natural and minimally processed. We’re offering a lineup of spring holiday recipes with something for everyone: fresh preparations, global flavors, familiar comfort and better-for-you appeal. 

Featured Recipes

Piri Piri Turkey Sandwich

Piri Piri Turkey Sandwich 

Bring the turkey tradition to spring holidays with a simple handheld that combines shredded turkey with a piri piri spice rub, tender rainbow kale salad mix, avocado and a tangy lemon tahini sauce. It’s a mashup of global flavors that’s great for those who want to dine in or people seeking a grab-and-go offering.

Buttermilk Pillow Cakes

Buttermilk Pillow Cakes 

Spruce up your breakfast or brunch menu by taking flapjacks to a new level. Seriously … this batter cooks up into a pillow-like fluffiness in a cast-iron skillet. This recipe tops it with hazelnut maple syrup, candied pecans and shredded coconut. But because it’s a pancake at heart, you can customize it as an Easter or Mother’s Day treat with fresh berries, powdered sugar, caramel, chocolate. You get the idea.

Tomatillo Poblano Hanger Steak

Tomatillo Poblano Hanger Steak 

Hanger steak is one of the most flavorful, tender cuts of beef. It’s an alternative cut of meat that allows you to bring value to the menu without sacrificing flavor. This steak is at its finest when grilled to medium or medium-rare, and it’s made all the better when served with peppers, onions and potatoes and topped with a succulent glaze and scoop of salsa.

Shrimp Cilantro Chutney Salad 

Shrimp Cilantro Chutney Salad 

Creative salads are a fresh opportunity to mix up your menu, expanding your salad offerings in a modern way. The crispy lentils are a surprise addition of texture and protein when tossed into this satisfying mix of crisp greens and warm, spicy shrimp mingled with a complex and flavorful cilantro chutney. 

Ultimate Breakfast Muffin

Ultimate Breakfast Muffin 

Step aside, egg-muffin sandwich, this meal starts with a corn muffin batter that includes bacon, cheese, green onions and red peppers. A six-minute egg is baked inside to complete the package. It’s a delicious food for the all-day breakfast menu that also works for grab-and-go, meeting the portability needs of your menu and today’s diners.

Arctic Char Lettuce Wrap

Arctic Char Lettuce Wrap 

This dish satisfies the better-for-you crowd and can be part of your transparency messaging when featuring sustainably sourced seafood. Start by searing cubes of Arctic char flavored with a dash of Thai seasoning. Nestle it in a Boston bibb lettuce wrap with pickled carrots and cilantro, sauced with creamy miso dressing for an unbeatable flavor combo.

Get other spring holiday menu ideas

Ask your Gordon Food Service Sales Representative for ways you can use these recipes and more to make the most of increased traffic during the spring holidays.