When dishes are this colourful, it’s like the plates are the canvas and the produce is the paint. From kaleidoscopic confectionary to spice-infused delights, we’ve eaten our way around the world to bring you some of the most colourful (and tasty!) foods to ever hit our Instagram feeds. If you’re heading off on an adventure this year, don’t forget to #TravelInColour and show us your favourite hue.
Vibrant green avocado gives guacamole its unmistakable zing. Enlivened with lime, red onion and chili and topped with a sprinkling of coriander, it’s no surprise that this Mexican icon is a knock-out colourful dish, loved the world over. Did we mention it’s loaded with vitamins, too?
Eat this on: Treasures of the Yucatan
Made in a rainbow of dreamy pastel hues, macarons are the ultimate treat to indulge in when visiting Paris. Light as a feather with a tempting layer of ganache or buttercream within, these micro-meringues are made to be devoured, not shared.
Eat this on: Paris Explorer
Bright orange salmon. Gleaming white rice. Deep green nori seaweed. Sushi’s pretty palette of colours is as beautiful as its delicate, refined flavours. Of course, you’ll find the best sushi in its motherland, Japan, where it’s expertly sliced and rolled to perfection.
Eat this on: Splendours of Japan
Red velvet cake, USA
Allegedly created at NYC’s Waldorf Astoria around the 1920s, red velvet cake now enjoys cult-like status among baking fiends, who love its rich crimson colour and layers of sticky-sweet icing. Fun fact: its red colour originally came from beetroot, but today food colouring generally does the job instead.
Eat this on: Great East Coast Cities
Taking its name from the platter it’s served on, thali is an Indian dish combining servings of fragrant curry, crunchy poppadoms, chutneys and flavourful side dishes. It’s pretty as a picture to look at and tastes amazing too, thanks to myriad herbs and spices.
Eat this on: Treasures of Northern India with Mumbai
Greek salad, Greece
Best enjoyed at a beachfront taverna with a large chilled ouzo on the side, Greek salad is super colourful and super healthy. Slices of cucumber, tomato and red onion intermingle with salty feta cubes and olives, topped off with a sprinkling of dried oregano. Just don’t smash your plate after…
Eat this on: Best of Greece
Neapolitan pizza, Italy
Zesty red tomatoes. Creamy white mozzarella. Lively green basil. Neapolitan pizza is a dish so intertwined with its homeland, it even shares its colours with the Italian flag! Why not try your hand making this classic pizza with us in Rome on our Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold trip?
Eat this on: Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold
Hawaii’s most beloved culinary export – that’s taken Instagram by storm – poke bowls are a tantalising, technicolour joy. Cubes of fresh red tuna jostle for space with ribbons of green cucumber, pink radish and spring onion, finished with a sprinkling of cheeky sesame seeds.
Eat this on: Best of Hawaii
Images: Greek salad © iStock/Karisssa. Guacamole © iStock/ASIFE. Poke © iStock/sveta_zarzamora. Thali © iStock/byheaven. Pizza © iStock/LauriPatterson. Macarons © iStock/Julia_Sudnitskaya. Red velvet cake © iStock/AlexPro9500. Sushi © iStock/Lisovskaya.