Pairing Wines with Salads
Warm weather calls for no-cook meals like hearty salads. What better to finish your meal that a glass of delicious wine?
For some, pairing salads and wine can be challenging: the acidity of some vinaigrettes make them difficult to pair. Yet there is a variety of delicious combinations you’re sure to love. Check out some of our suggestions for pairing wines with salads!
General Tips for Pairing Wines with Salads
The type of greens, the style of dressing, and the addition of components such as cheeses will all factor into the flavor profile that you will be matching against a wine. As a general guideline for pairing your wine with salad (or vice versa), consider the dressing first and foremost. Is it tangy? Creamy? Citrus-y? Then, classify the greens. Are they hearty? Light? Finally, consider the other components of the salad, like the added vegetables, fruits, nuts, and cheeses. What wines will pair well with these textures and flavors?
If you pair a vinaigrette with a wine that is lower in acidity, such as a Chardonnay, the vinaigrette will overpower the wine and leave it tasting flavorless. For this reason, the “like with like” pairing approach is best for vinaigrettes, which are high in acidity because of the presence of a vinegar (like apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or balsamic) or another highly acidic liquid (like lemon juice). Pair these high-in-acidity flavors with a wine that is equally high in acidity, like a Sauvignon Blanc or an Albariño, to be able to enjoy both the vinaigrette and the wine.