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Best Soup Toppings – Garnishes for Hot and Cold Soups

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.

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Creative Soup Toppings List - six different pictures of bowls of soup with different toppings
Best Soup Toppings – Garnishes for Cold and Hot Soups

One of the best ways to turn your soup into a masterpiece is to garnish the bowl with additional flavors. I once worked with a chef that was a master at creating amazing soups and finding the right topping to add the “wow” factor.

Soup Garnish Ideas

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Here are the Best Soup Toppings to Try

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Fresh and Roasted Vegetables

Soup Toppings for Corn Chowder - Corn and chives
Fresh and Roasted Vegetables for Soup Toppings

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.

Fresh Herbs

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.

Sour cream or Greek yogurt

A dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt tastes fantastic as a topping. Add some of those minced herbs on top, and you’ve got a beautiful bowl of soup.

Shredded Cheese

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.

Toasts and Croutons

Topping Ideas for Tomato Soup

Lightly toasted slices of baguettes brushed with olive oil or butter make a crunchy topping that no one would forget. You can also use croutons as a fast substitute.

Fried Crispy Shallots or Onions

Adding a bit of crunch to your soups is a wonderful touch and is one of my favorite ways to dress up a bowl of soup.

Seeds or Nuts

Toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, sliced almonds, and macadamia nuts are just some of the best toppings for soup.

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 olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or hot sauce are some ways to add extra taste to your soups.

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.

Tortilla Chips

Adding tortilla chips to soup adds some crunch and makes it all dressed up.

Lime or Lemon Wedges

Lentil Soup Toppings

Lemon or lime juice is an excellent way to add refreshing flavor to your favorite soup. You can also add slices of lemons and limes to the top of thick soups for a beautiful finish.

Fruit Slices

Lemons and limes aren’t the only fruits you can use to top your soups. 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!

Micro Greens

Best Soup Toppings - Micro Greens, slices of limes, and seeds with a slice of baguette on a bowl of squash soup.
Micro greens soup topping idea

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.

Other Toppings

Pesto, tapenade, red pepper flakes, chili oil, and Crème fraîche are some more ideas.

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

Toppings for Butternut Squash Soup - Wreath of toasted seeds and parsley leaves.
Used Toasted Seeds as a Soup Topping

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, red pepper flakes,

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.

Tomato Soup Toppings

Tomato Soup Toppings Ideas - Sour Cream and parsley
Sour Cream as a soup topping

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle served tomato soup with brown butter croutons. The recipe for that yummy soup is here. The crunch of the croutons added a gourmet touch to the presentation and taste of the soup.

Adding a dollop of sour cream and a sprig of parsley would also be perfect toppings for tomato soup. Other topping ideas are shredded cheese, yogurt, basil, and a drizzle of pesto.

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 Toppings for Taco Soup - Avocado tortilla chips, lime wedges, cilantro
Chili Topping Ideas

Soup topping ideas for taco soup are grated cheese, diced tomatoes, avocado, lime wedges, 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.

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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