I consider myself none too fabulous at food styling. It’s just not my jam. Luckily I’ve figured out a few good plate/napkin combos in my cupboard and I tend to stick with those. I try to add garnishes and details that make the dish look as good as it tastes. Honestly though it’s a struggle for me. Out to eat with others, I occasionally hear “you’re the food stylist – make it pretty.” I want to run away in terror. I make a few minor changes to the setup. My first step is to remove extra silverware and slide drinks out of the way. I might squish some plates together here and there. And then I give up and cross my fingers they don’t think I’m a fraud. But somehow with these quick lemon vinaigrette photos, I let loose my creativity and loved how it all turned out…
Quick Lemon Vinaigrette
One of the things I struggle to embrace is the beauty of imperfection when it comes to food (and probably life in general, but we don’t have time for that right now). Things are usually cut and served in a particularly cookie-cutter way with no smears, crumbs, or bites taken out. I’m trying to work on this, but I’m not always good at change. The photos of this (super easy and tasty) salad goes against all my norms. After mixing the veggies with an impossibly easy and quick lemon vinaigrette, I embraced the overflowing mess that makes a super healthy dish look like something you can’t wait to dig your fork into.
I spiralized a Japanese Sweet Potato (the apple slice looking things) and enjoyed the crunch it provided in lieu of croutons. I think that means I can enjoy my side of fries or cornbread with the salad – my usual M.O. in my efforts to maintain my girlish figure/current pant size!
QUICK LEMON VINAIGRETTE
If you've ever in need of a fast and easy salad dressing, this is it. Half the time, I just add these ingredients over a salad rather than mixing it all together. But if we have guests, obviously a batch is made (and enjoyed) by all!
- 3 cloves garlic finely minced
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh pepper
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar use more for less tart flavor
- Combine ingredients in jar or container with tight lid. Shake well.
- *Brown sugar can clump - be sure to mix in thoroughly.