Best Soup Toppings – Ideas to Wow Your Guests will give you some ideas on garnishing your favorite soup recipe and bringing gourmet quality soups onto your table. These soup garnishes will take your dishes to the next level.
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One of the best ways to turn your soup into a masterpiece is to garnish the bowl with additional flavors. It’s a simple way to take a bowl of soup to the next level with toppings and make your taste buds happy. The right soup toppings can transform any bowl of soup into a work-of-art.
I once worked with a chef that was a master at creating amazing soups and finding the right unique toppings to add the “wow” factor. It not only looks appetizing, but adding a touch of flavor can take your soup recipe over-the-top.
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Here are the Best Soup Toppings to Try
1. Fresh and Roasted Vegetables
Minced vegetables like onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, chopped cucumbers, red and green peppers add a colorful finish to the top of your soup.
Roasted peppers, corn, and sun-dried tomatoes are also good soup toppings.
2. Fresh Herbs Soup Garnish
If you read my blog, you know I’m a big herb lover. I grow all of my herbs right outside my front door. They add such wonderful flavor to everything I cook, and I love using them to make tea with.
Chives, dill, cilantro, parsley, tarragon, thyme, and basil are just some of the herbs you can use to top a bowl of piping hot soup. You can fry sage leaves for even more of an exciting finish.
3. Sour cream, Greek yogurt, or Creme Fraiche
A dollop of sour cream, Greek yogurt, or creme fraiche tastes fantastic as a topping for thicker soups. Add some of those minced herbs on top, and you’ve got a beautiful bowl of soup.
4. Shredded Cheese
A little grated cheese can add the perfect flavor combination to your delicious soup recipes.
The list of types of cheese you can use to top soups is endless. Cheddar cheese, provolone, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Swiss Cheese, goat cheese, and blue cheese would make a great start.
Creamy broccoli soups pairs well with shredded cheddar cheese.
5. Toasts and Homemade Croutons for Soup Garnishes
Lightly toasted slices of baguettes brushed with olive oil or butter make a crunchy topping that no one would forget. Toasted sour dough bread is also a good choice.
You can also use cheese croutons as a fast substitute. Oyster crackers are also a popular soup topping.
Toasted crostini with melted Parmesan cheese and a sprig of thyme makes a beautiful topping for soup.
6. Fried Crispy Shallots or Fried Onions
Adding flavorful crunchy toppings to your soups is a wonderful touch and is one of my favorite zesty ideas to dress up a bowl of soup.
7. Seeds or Nuts
Toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cashews, sliced almonds, and macadamia nuts are just some of the best toppings for soup.
8. Sauces or drizzles
Drizzling a design on top of your soup is a creative way to top it off with flair. You can use a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic glaze, or hot sauce are some ways to add extra taste to your soups.
9. Pickled Vegetables
Pickled vegetables get overlooked for soup toppings, but they an added zip to every bowl. Pickled jalapeños, cauliflower, carrots, or even pickled red onions are some unique ideas.
10. Tortilla Chips
Adding tortilla chips to soup is one of my favorite flavorful crunchy toppings. You can also bake your tortilla chips with olive oil and your favorite spices like chili powder.
11. Potato Chips
I’ve been to several restaurants where they added crushed potato chips to the top of a creamy soup for a bit of crunch.
This might sound unusual, but adding popcorn to the top of soup is actually a common practice. Catering companies like to top beer cheese soup with popcorn.
13. Lime or Lemon Wedges
Lemon juice or lime juice is an excellent way to add refreshing flavor to your favorite soup. A squeeze of lemon can really give your soup a lift. You can also add slices of lemons and limes to the top of thick soups for a beautiful finish.
14. Fruit Slices
Lemons and limes aren’t the only fruits you can use to top your soups. A squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice can be the perfect addition to a bowl of soup. Depending on what type of soup you have, fruit can pair well with the right flavors.
Sautéed apple slices would look beautiful on butternut squash soup. Pomegranate seeds would look like jewels on creamy pumpkin soup. Don’t forget about sliced avocado! A fan of avocado slices looks beautiful on top of soup.
15. Micro Greens
You put micro greens on your sandwiches, but how about adding them to your soups? Pea shoots are especially lovely.
Bacon Bits or Fried Pancetta
Add a decadent touch with some bacon bits or fried pancetta. It will give your soup that crispy, salty flavor that is a favorite of soup eaters. Crunchy soup toppings are a must in my opinion.
Gremolata is a combination of parsley, garlic, and lemon. Italians like to finish soups and stews with the mixture. Let the combination blend flavors together for at least 30 minutes before using.
Pesto, tapenade, red pepper flakes, chili oil, and Crème fraîche are some more ideas. You could also use caviar to top oyster stew.
Finding the right topping for your soup is part of the fun.
Here are some examples of good soup toppings combinations:
Toppings for Butternut Squash Soup
Toasted seeds and nuts make good toppings for butternut squash soup. Creating a wreath pattern like the picture above is a fun way to top off your soup bowl.
Other butternut squash soup toppings are Greek yogurt, fried sage leaves, toasted pecans, blue cheese crumbles, chili oil, and red pepper flakes. You can find more butternut squash soup toppings here.
Toppings for Split Pea Soup
Crumbled bacon, croutons, sour cream, hot sauce, and cooked sausage would work well with this soup.
Miso Soup Toppings
Green onions, daikon, dried noodles, leeks, chopped boiled egg, kale, seaweed, and mushrooms are soup topper ideas for miso soup.
Toppings for Potato Soup
Sour cream, crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, minced chives, fried shallots, roasted broccoli, diced tomatoes, and scallions make a tasty addition to potato soup.
Pumpkin Soup Toppings
Crumbled cheese like blue cheese, gorgonzola, and feta would make nice toppings for pumpkin soup. Roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, fried sage leaves, roasted pepitas, toasted walnuts or pecans, and parsley are some ideas.
Toppings for White Chicken Chili and Chili
If you haven’t tried white chicken chili, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Not all recipes are created equal, and this one is a keeper.
Taco Soup Toppings
Soup topping ideas for taco soup are grated cheese, diced tomatoes, fresh avocado cubes, lime wedges, a squeeze of a lemon wedge, green onions, sour cream or Greek yogurt, corn chips, and crumbled tortilla chips.
Toppings for Tortilla Soup
Tortilla soup toppings are creamy avocado, lime wedges, tangy cotija cheese, radish slices, cilantro, fried tortilla strips, sour cream, yogurt, shredded cheese, fresh or pickled jalapeños, chopped red onions, roasted corn, green onions, and hot sauce.
White Bean Soup Toppings
You can add a splash of vinegar to white bean soup, fresh herbs like fresh parsley or chives, and shaved cheese like Parmesan.
Toppings for French Onion Soup
French onion soup is traditionally topped with croute and Gruyere cheese. A sprinkling of fresh thyme gives this bowl visual interest.
Toppings for Tomato Soup
I made an entire post dedicated to tomato soup toppings.
Toppings for Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower soup works well with a variety of soup toppers.
- Shredded cheese
- Crispy shallots
- Cheese croutons
Carrot Ginger Soup Toppings
This vibrant orange soup is not only tasty, but packed with nutrients. Add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to your carrot soup for a cozy fall-inspired flavor.
- Crispy bacon bits
- Sour cream
- Sliced avocados
- Fried onions
- Sliced almonds
- Toasted bread crumbs
- Roasted chickpeas
- Fried onions
Soup Garnishes for Corn Chowder
Corn chowder is beautiful to look at alone, but adding colorful garnishes make it even better. A dollop of sour cream with either chopped red pepper, chives, or fresh corn would be an elegant touch.
We’ve reached the end of Creative Soup Toppings. I hope you enjoyed it!
Let me know in the comments below if you tried any of the toppings for soup and how you liked them.
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