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Top 5 Garnishes for Food that Enhance Any Meal

We believe that good things can come in small packages, and when it comes to cooking, there was never a truer word spoken! While great dishes are all about choosing quality ingredients and cooking with love and care, it’s often those little last-minute additions or small flourishes that can make all the difference and can turn a good meal into a great one!

Whether it’s adding some chopped up herbs, giving the dish a squeeze of lemon, adding a little more seasoning, or spicing things up a bit, there are lots of different ways you can add flavour and depth to your meals by adding the perfect garnishes for food that can really make all the difference.

So the next time you are cooking some of your favourite recipes, why not consider what you could do to take those tried and tested dishes and make them even more special? To help you, we've listed some of our top garnishes for food below.

How to Add the Perfect Garnishes to your Meal - Our Firm Favourites!

Fresh Herbs

When it comes to garnishes for food, you can’t go wrong with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, and almost every dish from curries to salads to soups (and even traditional roast dinners) can benefit from adding fresh herbs as a garnish. Pick the ones you love best, and don’t be afraid to mix them up and experiment to get the flavours and balances just right.

Chopped Chillies

If you want to add a little spice to a dish, sprinkling over some freshly chopped chillies is the easiest way to get that kick you crave. Just make sure you check the packets, as chillies can really vary in heat. Try adding a little at a time, so you don’t end up ruining your dish by going for too much too soon. Additionally, why not take this garnish even further and pickle them first? All you have to do is add a little rice or white wine vinegar to a bowl and soak the chillies for 5-10 minutes. So simply and yet so tasty!

Toasted Nuts and Seeds

Toasted sunflower seeds and pine nuts can add lots of lovely crunch and flavour to even the simplest of salads. Peanuts, sesame seeds, and cashews are great for sprinkling atop flavoursome noodles and lots of other Asian-style dishes too. It really is the ultimate garnish.

Fruit Wedges

Looking for something a little sweeter? Lemon, lime, or orange wedges are great, hassle-free garnishes for food that you can simply slice and place on the side of a plate ready for squeezing. You won’t believe the difference a squeeze of citrusy juice can make to add freshness and a little zing to your dish, and the splash of colour looks great too!

Thinly Sliced Veg

The best veggie garnishes are thinly sliced and will add colour, flavour and nutrients to any dish. Some of our favourites include radishes, spring onions, diced pepper, and cucumber, and even sliced or grated carrots over a dish can all change the texture and elevate the flavour. Try breaking up some nori sheets and adding them to noodles and rice dishes for added goodness too.

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