According to Technomic MenuMonitor data, soup is the leading type of appetizer on Canadian menus. Soup is often spotlighted as a rotating, seasonal starter option with operators highlighting local, in-season ingredients. The offering can also vary from light to heavier varieties. The top three types of soup appearing on menus are Asian soups, soup-of-the-day specials and seafood soups, respectively.
|Salad is among the top five appetizers on menus, as well. Canadian consumers are particularly health-conscious in recent years, making salad an ideal starter option. Salads are also an easy opportunity for operators to showcase seasonal ingredients as toppings, such as strawberries and sunflower seeds. Joey’s Seafood Restaurants’ menus carry a Summer Salad made with romaine lettuce, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds and red onion vinaigrette.|
Also noteworthy is the placement of non-breaded proteins on the list, such as meat skewers and seafood. Some popular seafood appetizers include smoked salmon, grilled shrimp and oysters. Many other non-breaded proteins are inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, with menus featuring items like tandoori chicken and lamb skewers.