Garnishes add color, texture, and contrast to a soup. A garnish may be a simple sprinkle of fresh herbs or an elaborate truffle custard for a consommé, but an inspired garnish will make a soup stand out better and create an exceptional tasting experience.
Guidelines for Garnishes
Start with ingredients that are specific to the soup – for example, broccoli florets for a cream of broccoli soup
Consider a variety of textures – for example, croutons, drizzle of herb infused oil, and grated cheese
Prep garnishes separate from the soup and add as the soup is plated
Adjust the seasoning of the garnishes to properly complement the soup
Serve garnishes at the correct temperature