Tuesday, March 22

Sesame Ginger Broccoli Salad




Food photography has always been something I have struggled with... for two reasons. One, I had some pretty entry level equipment. I owned the gateway Nikon into the world of DSLR's. It was a great camera, I've taken some lovely shots with it, however I could only grow so much while shooting with it, because it was very limited. The other reason I've struggled with food photography is that I really just don't LOVE doing it. I have a huge appreciation for it, but for whatever reason when I try to learn camera things, my brain shuts down. So I haven't really improved much over the last few years. 



I decided last week, it was time to upgrade my camera (two levels from where I was) and try harder. I'm actually starting to enjoy it a tad more. This camera has so many options my other Nikon did not.... now I just have to master it. I've become a little frustrated a few times this week, because I'm not getting the photos I want, but I know it's just a matter of me learning how to make all the right adjustments. 

So you probably can't tell that this broccoli salad was shot with a fancier camera.... however just know it was! Hopefully someday... I will figure this sh** out! 



Sesame Ginger Broccoli Salad

Over the weekend, I made a similar salad using a store-bought salad dressing, and everyone raved about it. So I set out to make something that had a tad less sugar, but still tasted as great. I have to say, this version using a homemade dressing is SO much tastier. This is great to serve as a side dish to almost any meal, and it can also be served warm! I tried it with steamed broccoli and raw, though I prefer the raw better, the steamed broccoli version wasn't half bad! 

Ingredients:
4 cups raw broccoli florets
1/4 of a small red onion cut into thin slices 
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup roasted almond slices 

For the dressing: 
1/3 cup light olive oil
1 tbs toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tbs sake
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs honey (brown sugar to make it vegan)
2 tbs grated fresh ginger

Directions:

Add broccoli, onion, raisins and almond slices into a large bowl. 

To prepare dressing, add all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse just a couple of times. Pour the dressing over the broccoli. 

Toss, and then serve. 

This salad can be made 24 hours in advance, and stores well when kept in the refrigerator  in  sealed bowl. 






16 comments:

  1. Carrie, I've always thought your food photography is amazing. Truly some of the best I've seen and I read a lot of blogs! This recipe looks delicious and seasonal, I must make it!

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    1. Thanks Jess! I really wing it with each set of photos, you'd think after doing this for 5 or so years I'd have mastered it.

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  2. Carrie... this is one fabulous looking salad! I'm a big broccoli lover... usually it doesn't even make it into the pan because I'll just keep snacking on it while I'm chopping. But I will be sure to reserve some to make this beautiful dish. You have some my favorite ingredients here, so I'm totally on board! If you're ever interested in chatting about camera/food photography stuff, I'm always happy to. It can be a challenging process, and sometimes I shut down as well... but I also love it so so so much and think there's so many wonderful things you can do to express yourself with it.

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    1. Aw thanks Brian! I've always admired your work, maybe someday we'll cross paths and I can see the master at work! I'm not far from Boston.

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  3. I would gladly take a huge bowl of this salad!

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  4. I LOVELOVELOVE broccoli salad, but I've never had it with an Asian twist. This is AMAZING. Pinned!

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  5. Nice to see a broccoli salad, I love them!!

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    1. I eat them often! My go to for lunch or for pot lucks.

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  6. This looks great! Pretty safe for Paleo, I think, for the most part. Thanks!

    New diet, new adventures. *sigh*

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    1. I've done stints of Paleo, I actually don't mind it! I wish you luck!

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  7. A few of my favorite flavors - I love the red onion along with the broccoli, sesame & ginger!

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  8. I love this salad! I can't wait to see what you do with the new camera.

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  9. Despite your frustrations, this is a BEAUTIFUL shot! I hope you end up loving it more as time goes on. Also, I think it's important to note that KIDS + FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY = WINE 'O CLOCK STAT.

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  10. A new recipe is a new interesting challenge. I love it!

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