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.
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
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
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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