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the week of the iPhone | margarita salad

I know what you’re thinking.

Margherita salad toppings.

Mozzarella, basil, tomatoes…


I’m talking about margaritas, like the ones you drink!

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While you won’t be getting drunk off of this salad it still holds that refreshing, limey, sweet + salty flavor you are familiar with.

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In hopes of taking images that were sharper today, I downloaded a new-to-me camera app called Camera+.  It has an image stabilization feature plus loads of other effects + editing tools.  It can basically take the place of the camera app that comes automatically on your iPhone.  You can even shoot in burst mode to capture quick movement.  This app cost $.99 and is definitely worth checking out.  The 2 lime photos above were sharper than most of my close-ups have been the past few days.

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The trickiest part of editing the photos is that I can never seem to get the coloring just right.  Even playing with the white balance, it sometimes turns out a bit off.  In the next two photos below my surface is quite blue when it should be a bit grayer, but all of the other colors look accurate.

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This summer salad will put all other summer salads to shame.  While loading veggies on a salad is my typical setup, fruit is such a refreshing change of pace.  Topped with a slightly creamy lime vinaigrette, almonds for crunch, and a little lime infused salt + sugar.

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Behind the scenes photo setup.

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Print this!

Margarita Salad [appx. 3/4 cup dressing]

  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp limeade juice
  • 5 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp honey/agave
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1T avocado
  • 1/4 tsp salt + 1/4 tsp pure cane sugar + 1T lime zest
  • lettuce/strawberries/peaches/raspberries/almonds
  1. Rinse + pat dry your lettuce + fruit.  Slice fruit into bite sized pieces and chop the lettuce.
  2. Add the olive oil, limeade, fresh lime juice, honey or agave, lime zest, 1/4 tsp salt, and avocado in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Taste and add more salt if desired.
  4. In a small bowl mix the 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cane sugar, and 1 Tbsp lime zest with your fingers.
  5. Assemble salad, pour desired amount of dressing on, and top with a few sprinkles of the zest mixture.

notes: Lemonade would be fine to sub in if you don’t have limeade, but make sure to still use limes for the fresh juice. 

Chickpeas + avocado would be great toppings to make this a full meal.

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One nice thing about editing on the iPhone is that I can do it outside [in a shaded area].  We had an usual thunderstorm around 6pm, so instead of working in my office I took the dogs outside and we sat on the porch.  It was a nice little cool down for all of us.  The house is h.o.t.!

I’ve actually noticed that it takes me longer to edit photos on my phone in comparison to editing my dSLR photos in Lightroom. 

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Watch out for a recipe featuring roasted red pepper sauce next week!

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Hope you all have a fabulous + relaxing weekend.


Reader Comments (15)

This sounds fantastic! I love of incorporating margaritas into my salad. :)
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
gorgeous looking salad! thank you for the new app tip... will check it out for sure!
Wow, your salad looks amazing! I am excited to try out the dressing- I'm not a big dressing person but this one sounds too good to not make immediately. I love your photos with the IPhone- I might have to invest in that app- I think .99 is reasonable! :)
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly @ Runmarun
Oooh excited for the roasted red pepper sauce! That salad looks absolutely incredible.
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
When you said you were using Snapseed the other day, I thought the same take me MUCH longer to edit using that than my "normal" way from the dSLR. The app is cool and has a lot of features but the length of time ends up frustrating me too much and I hardly ever use it. You have much more patience than me :)
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGina
I love all the iphone photography advice! and that salad looks so good!
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren T
i want a big fat portion of that salad now! and bring on the normal margs too :)
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Haha - when I first saw this recipe on twitter I wondered how you were going to make the drinkable margs into a salad so I was on your brainwave all along! Apparently I have tequila on the brain or something ;) Have a good weekend!

Ashley--> That is too funny!!! I was thinking about putting tequila in the dressing but held back.
Such a fun change up on the ole salad!
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersteph
Oh my, I need this immediately!
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
I love the iPhone idea! What a great reminder to just go with the flow :) This looks delicious, too!
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin Motz
What a beautiful salad! The combination of flavors sounds amazing. I love summer fruits, and this looks like the perfect way to enjoy them. The dressing looks delicious too!
July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
What a beautiful looking salad. So sweet and fresh!
July 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterluv what you do
That salad looks delish! I'm looking forward to the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce recipe next week. I've been looking to spice things up with sauces so perfect timing.
July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle @ Live Loudly
Neeevermind! Found it on your next post ;)
July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle @ Live Loudly

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