Can artistically presented food actually make it taste better? Turns out it can.

A foodie knows that plating a meal is an art, but a University of Oxford psychological survey took it one step further to study what happens when food actually looks like art. They arranged a plate of salad into an abstract painting to see what impact it had on the meal.

One group had a salad arranged like Kandinsky’s Painting No. 201, another group had the same ingredients served in neat rows, and a third group’s salad was served in a pile at the center of the plate. The results show that the Kandinsky-styled meal performed better in every category that was measured, including making the food taste better.

This study inspired NPR to call for a Fine Art Food Challenge where listeners were asked to submit images of food styled like fine art paintings. Check out the Kandinsky-styled salad and some images submitted to the NPR challenge below.

Kandinsky’s Painting No. 201, on the left, salad on the right.
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Other arrangements of Kandinsky salad ingredients that were tested in the experiment
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Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait Roots recreated with salmon and mashed potatoes
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Gene Davis’ Apricot Ripple recreated with vegetable strips chard-art_custom-7015fdfa8d4c7a1c56b119da2f685efd51c56bc4-s40-c85

Kazimir Malevich’s Black Suprematic Square recreated with blackberriesblackberry-square-copy_wide-80ed247ef5081ef8935c3d2df6dd27fff15d3cba-s40-c85

Jasper Johns’ painting Flag recreated as fruit kebabs
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Source: designfaves.com

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