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Choosing a Wine for a Salad

There is nothing new about matching wine with dinner or lunch; however mixing wine and a salad may be a relatively new concept for some. Many people do not understand which wines go well with which salads and dressings. Salads have long been a favorite side dish for many years and it does not look to be changing any time soon. Wines can pair with salads very easily if a few considerations are taken. You will want to watch the acid content of both the dressing and wine of choice. The higher the acid within the dressing, the higher the acid within the wine should be as well.

A few different types of acidic wines include white wines and dry rose wines. Some examples of wines that will go with vinaigrette include Pinto Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Spanish Albarino, and Dry Riesling. Mixing your wines and salad can be a fun adventure. The following are a few favorite pairings of classic salads and favorite wines.

A Caesar salad has a real kick in its flavor thanks to the anchovies and garlic contained within it. If you mix this salad with a tart wine, you will positively love the flavor; consider wines such as Vinho Verde or Pinot Grigio. A lighter red wine is a positive choice for a Cobb Salad. Because it has a hearty mixture of cheeses and meats, you would enjoy this salad with wines such as Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, and dry Riesling.

If your favorite salad is the Greek Salad, you will want an assertive and stronger wine. The Greek salad combines sharp flavors with a ton of salt and only a high acid and pungent wine can withstand the pairing. Consider wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand to go with the Greek salad. For a fish and olive salad such as Nicoise salad you will want a Mediterranean type of wine. Consider wins such as Albarino, Rose, or Pinot Noir to match this fishy salad.

For salads such as Asian Chicken Salads, because they combine acids such as sesame oil, lime juice, and rice vinegar you will do well to match this salad with off-dry wines such as Riesling. For any type of pasta salad, such as those you take with you on the family picnic, you could lighten the load and choose a Chardonnay with these types of salads.

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