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Salad and Wine

Posted: March 30, 2000

Salad and Wine

When it's too hot to turn on the oven and the thought of slaving over a stove is about as attractive as bare feet on hot macadam, it's time to bust out the big salad bowl and tongs. Beat the summer heat and take advantage of the season's vegetables by tossing up a crisp, fresh salad and pairing it with a refreshing cool glass of white wine.

For the green salads of summer, the best wine matches are white wines, such as crisp Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. But if you've got a hankering for red wine with your veggies, don't let us stifle your creativity -- get out the dressing and start experimenting. We suggest you stick with, fruitier red wines, such as Beaujolais or Dolcetto. Below, we have listed some of editor at large Harvey Steiman's salad recipes and suggested wine matches.

All-Vegetable Salads
Salad Suggested Wine Pairing Recipes
Asparagus Salad With New Potatoes
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • July 1998
    Baby Artichoke Salad
    With Tomato-Chili Water Vinaigrette
  • Chardonnay
  • May 1996
    Belgian Endive Salad With Potato Cream
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • March 1995
    Fava Bean, Mushroom and Pine Nut Salad
  • Viognier
  • September 1994
    Fresh Fennel Salad
  • Sancerre
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • January 1998
    Green Salad With Vinegar Dressing
  • Riesling
  • January 1998
    Mixed Salad With Asiago
  • Pinot Gris
  • May 1998

    Meat Salads
    Salad Suggested Wine Pairing Recipes
    Chicken, Avocado and Fennel Salad
  • Chardonnay
  • September 1995
    Endive and Chicken Salad
    With Pine Nut Vinaigrette
  • Chardonnay
  • May 1995
    Spinach and Pear Salad With Prosciutto
  • Marsanne
  • July 1995

    Seafood Salads
    Salad Suggested Wine Pairing Recipes
    Crab, Lobster Salad
  • Spain, White
  • November 1998
    Crab, Orange and Radish Salad
  • Riesling
  • January 1994
    Fresh Mozzarella With Shrimp Salad
  • Pinot Gris
  • November 1995
    Lobster Salad With Artichokes
  • Burgundy, White
  • December 1996
    Marinated Calamari Salad
  • Chardonnay
  • September 1995
    Shrimp Salad With Cucumber Dressing
  • Riesling
  • August 1993
    Tuna Crab Salad With Tuna Tartare
  • Chablis
  • Chardonnay
  • July 1997

    For more about matching food and wine:

  • Wine-and-food-pairing menus
  • Food & Wine Matching
  • The Cheese Board

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