You can elevate even the simplest tomato soup with one of these fantastic garnishes.

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Fresh Tomato Soup with Crab Guacamole
Credit: © Frances Janisch

1. Candied bacon
Cook sugar-rubbed bacon until glazed, then serve as a strip alongside a bowl of soup.

Smoky Tomato Soup with Maple-Candied Bacon
Credit: © Anna Williams

2. Crab salad
Toss crab with diced avocado, lime and jalapeño for an elegant riff on guacamole, then spoon a little on top of tomato soup.

Fresh Tomato Soup with Crab Guacamole
Credit: © Frances Janisch
  • 3. Herb croutons
  • Toss sourdough cubes with butter, cooked garlic and herbs for croutons that are way better than boxed.
  • 4. Toasted almonds
  • To add a little crunch to an otherwise creamy tomato soup, top it simply, with nothing more than toasted almonds.
Creamy Tomato Soup with Toasted Almonds
Credit: © Tina Rupp

5. Goat cheese
Blend goat cheese with basil and cilantro and spoon in the center of a summery tomato soup.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016) and the blog Eat Better, Drink Better. She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.