You’re going to love this fresh strawberry salsa! It tastes like summer and comes together super easily. Grab the recipe below and check out some fun photography tips from my shoot.
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Fresh Strawberry Salsa
PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR SALSA
I tend to gravitate towards dark and moody food photography, but for this shoot, I wanted to brighten things up. No matter what your unique style is, it’s always good to try and mix things up from time to time to show the range of what you can do with your camera.
TRY A MONOCHROMATIC LOOK
A monochromatic look in food photography can be really beautiful. It’s when you focus on one color and play with different shades of it. I decided to focus on the pretty red and pink hues from the strawberries for this one. I used a light pink board, a marbled pink plate from Anthropologie and a clear, small wine glass filled with Rosé. I added an extra pop of color from the green, curvy cilantro sprigs and ended up with an image that represents exactly what this salsa tastes like: SUMMER.
HIGHLIGHT THE INGREDIENTS
I diced the strawberries fairly even, but also wanted to show the inside flesh and the outer skin in the bowl. I like showcasing the fine details of certain ingredients. I also used a food styling kit to help me move the smaller pieces of cilantro and jalapeño around without my fingers getting in the way. It’s kind of like doing surgery on the dish, but the tools definitely come in handy for moving small pieces more precisely.
For this shoot, I decided to use artificial lighting. I used my two Paul C. Buff strobes with soft boxes, my Nikon D750 and my 35mm 1.4. I set up my camera on my overhead setup to stabilize my camera and shot tethered so I could easily review and adjust the composition of the images. My camera settings for this shoot were: 1/200; f14; ISO 100. Depending on your lighting situation for your food shoots, your settings could be a lot different than mine.
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Recipe Notes for Strawberry Salsa
I remember when I made this salsa recipe for the first time. I knew immediately that it would become a go-to in our house in the spring and summer. It’s super easy to throw together and the flavors are SO good. The spicy kick from the jalapeño is a great addition, if you like to have a more sweet and spicy salsa. If spice isn’t your thing, you don’t have to add it. I think this salsa is perfect for summer and pairs beautifully with fish, tacos, chips… or just grab a spoon and enjoy!
Fresh Strawberry Salsa
- 3 cups of strawberries, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
- Lime zest from 1 lime
- Lime juice from 1 lime, plus more to taste
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped (sprigs for a pretty garnish)
- Pinch of salt
- In a large bowl, mix the diced strawberries, onion, jalapeño, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro and a pinch of salt together. Adjust flavors to taste.
- Cover and set in fridge for about an hour to let the flavors blend together and get nice and chilled.
- Serve with tacos, fish, chips or just grab a spoon and dive in.
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All images © Regan Baroni 2016.