How to Garnish With Fruits and Vegetables

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A fruit or vegetable garnish on a plate is a key element of presentation. A meal can taste wonderful, but if it doesn't look appealing, no one will be interested in trying it. Of course, you expect a nice presentation of your food when it's served in a restaurant. However, consider how delighted your guests will be when you serve them a meal with a unique garnish on their plates. It's not that difficult or time-consuming with a little preparation.

Things You'll Need

  • Large carrot or strawberry Green beans (string beans) or apple Coring tool or vegetable peeler Knife Pot Bowl
  • Peel a carrot and slice it into ½-inch rounds. If you are using fruit, slice a large strawberry.

  • If you are using green beans, cook them in a pot of water over medium heat just until the water begins to boil. Remove the pot from the stove and drain the water. Drop the string beans into a bowl of ice water.

  • If you are using fruit, slice the apple into thin strips. Dip the strips in lemon juice so they won't brown.

  • Cut a round hole in the center of each carrot or strawberry slice. To accomplish this task, use the end of your vegetable peeler, which is meant for coring.

  • Remove the string beans, if using, from the ice water and dry them gently on paper towels. Place one to three green beans or apple strips through the hole in each carrot or strawberry.

  • Place the finished garnishes on the dishes along with the rest of the meal, and serve them to your guests.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can replace the apple with any fruit that is not too soft. For really quick garnishes, try three melon balls or a slice of lemon (cut halfway through and twisted). Use the above instructions with a cucumber round and thin carrot strips in the center.

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