Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com
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POMEGRANATE HIBISCUS SALMON SALAD + MY PHOTO STYLING PROCESS

Who else is sick of winter?! I know I’ve definitely been craving some colour in my life lately! So this week, I’ve teamed up with Litehouse Foods and The Food Bloggers of Canada to bring you a fresh, colourful entrée salad recipe that can be on your table is less than half an hour! My Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad combines mixed greens and peppery arugula with strawberries, yellow peppers, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, almonds and red onions — topped with a fresh fillet of wild sockeye salmon. It’s created with Litehouses’s Pomegranate Hibiscus Dressing, from their new Green Garden line. I also give you a behind-the-scenes look into my creative process of shooting and styling imagery for photoshoots and blog posts!


First — if you’re just here for the recipe, stop by The Food Bloggers of Canada site!

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Today I thought I’d share some additional photos in this post — kind of a behind-the-scenes look into my creative process for blog shoots. I always shoot so many photos for blog posts and photoshoots (between 100 – 300 each time!), and then flag my favourites to share with you. For this particular post, I shot 247 images, flagged 61 that caught my eye, and then narrowed it down even further for this post to feature 20 of my favourite images, which is my post maximum for JustineCelina. It’s always a process (that I absolutely love!) to choose my favourite shots, whether I’m shooting, styling or directing! I’m crazy about the medley of colours, textures and angles in these shots — things that I think are essential in creating unique, engaging imagery.

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Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com

I love the process of rearranging and styling the shot so that it looks just right from different angles. We all know how obsessed I’ve been with pink hues lately — so I picked up some pretty pink blooms to style this post and compliment the name and flavour of the dressing. While I couldn’t track down actual Hibiscus flowers in Calgary in the middle of January, I did find some pink Alstromeria at my local grocery store to give a similar effect. I love to have fresh flowers at home, so I usually have some around that I can choose from (ie: absolutely demolish) for blog shoots. This week I had some white Freesia left over from my 2015 Beauty Favourites post, and some greenery that was gifted to me by my good friend Sheryl at Lynn Fletcher Weddings and Jaime at Fleurish Flower Shop.

Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com

Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com

Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com

Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com

I usually incorporate some form of flowers or greenery into my photos — I’m constantly inspired by the colours and textures of plants, and the beauty and elegance of nature. I love the fresh, vibrant, natural feeling plants give my photos! When I’m dreaming up my vision for shoots, I actually make a note of flowers and greenery I think would work well to compliment the subject matter — whether I’m shooting food, beauty, lifestyle or fashion. My local florist knows me very well!

Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com

Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com

Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com


STILL HUNGRY? MORE SALAD RECIPES


New Year Detox Salad with Pink Tahini Dressing

Tangled Thai Salad with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Nectarine Basil Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Crudité Style Niçoise Salad


LOOKING FOR MORE STYLING INSPIRATION? BROWSE MY STYLED SHOOTS


Pantone 2016 Colours of the Year Inspiration | Rose Quartz & Serenity

Mint Event Management

Sleeping Beauties

Vintage Cocktail Party 

A White Wedding


Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad | Recipe Creation for Litehouse Foods // JustineCelina.com

Which shots are your favourite? Any foods or flavours in particular you’re craving as we embark on the long transition into spring? I hope you enjoy my favourite photos of this vibrant spring salad — and that it inspires you to bring some colour into your life by eating the rainbow this winter!


Disclaimer: My post for The Food Bloggers of Canada is sponsored by Litehouse Foods, and contains my genuine thoughts, ideas and recommendations. Thank you to The Food Bloggers of Canada for featuring my recipe, and to Litehouse Foods for sending the delicious dressings over!

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17 Comments

  • Reply NEW YEAR DETOX SALAD WITH PINK TAHINI DRESSING - Justine Celina February 1, 2016 at 7:17 am

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  • Reply OutinVancouver February 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

    This looks amazingly delicious! And I love your colourful pictures!!

    • Reply Justine February 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Thanks so much, Hannah! Winter definitely makes me crave colour. 🙂

  • Reply Cassie | Crumb Kitchen February 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Wow! This is an overload of beautiful photos, Justine. I’ve never tried hibiscus but it looks delicious, especially on salmon. 🙂

    • Reply Justine February 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Thanks so much, Cassie! These Green Garden Dressings from Litehouse are really spectacular. Just like I’d make at home!

  • Reply Evelyne Cultureatz February 5, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Just fantastic pictures and I am a fan of hibiscus so love the recipe idea. Feels like summer all of a sudden.

    • Reply Justine February 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Thank you, Evelyne! This is my favourite Spring salad, and the strawberries have been looking pretty good lately, so I decided to whip it up. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Mel February 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Your food and photographs are always so very beautiful and the ones in this post are no exception. It’s great that you’ve given us a behind the scenes glimpse. I love to see how other bloggers work!

    • Reply Justine February 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Aww, thanks Mel. You are always so sweet, and I love your work, too!

  • Reply Marie February 7, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    It’s lovely to read more about your creative process, Justine. Your pictures are always so fresh and bright! It’s obvious you put in hard work in your blog. To master a skill–be it photography, cooking, or anything creative–you gotta work, work, work, and keep practicing. You’re beautiful proof of how it ends up paying off when you keep at it! Thanks for brightening my winter days 🙂

    • Reply Justine February 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Aww, Marie — what a lovely and thoughtful comment! It really is true, practice and hard work are the key to nurturing and strengthening creative skills. Thanks for the kind feedback on my work! 🙂

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  • Reply Kimberley | HealthyLifeRedesign August 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    OMG this is the most beautiful salad I’ve ever seen! Your photography and styling is gorgeous. Can’t wait to try this Justine!

    • Reply Justine August 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Kimberly, you’re too sweet! It seems I always create the most colourful recipes on gloomy days and this was inspired by a dark day in January. 🙂 Please report back if you try the recipe — the Litehouse Pomegranate Hibiscus Dressing used is really delish, but any homemade, fruit based vinaigrette would work!

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