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What Is The Best Wine To Go With Salad?

Is there anything better than a fresh, crisp salad and a glass of wine on a summers day? Read on to discover how to pair wine and salad like a pro!

How To Choose A Wine Based On Your Type Of Salad

When pairing wine with salads, your choice of dressing will play a major role in dictating the type of wine that complements your dish.

Pairing salad ingredients and wine carefully can enhance the overall taste experience, ensuring the most satisfying meal.

 

White Wines

Let's start by taking a look at some of the best salad and white wine pairings.

Oaked Chardonnay

Oaked Chardonnay goes beautifully with a French green bean and peach salad, as it brings out the wine's stone fruit flavour.

You can also try it with a Fresh Cucumber Salad and Asian-Inspired Vinaigrette or a Grilled Romaine Salad.

If you're going to be serving a Californian Chardonnay, try serving it with a spinach salad and warm bacon dressing.

Try: Hilmar Springs Chardonnay

Gewürztraminer

A fruity wine, Gewürztraminer goes well with a light Waldorf salad or a fresh fruit salad.

Sauvignon Blanc

This is one wine that pairs well with virtually any salad, from grain-based ones like tabbouleh to fruit salads.

If you're serving a classic Greek salad, a zesty white Sauvignon Blanc won't let you down.

Try: Los Pastos Sauvignon Blanc

German Riesling

One wine pairing that never fails is German Riesling with an Asian-inspired salad dressing.

Try: Dr Zenzen Riesling

 

Red Wines

Let's take a look at the salads that can match up to the strong and bold flavours of red wine.

Sangiovese

Sangiovese goes well with balsamic vinaigrette. A classic tomato salad with balsamic dressing will work wonderfully.

Try: Uggiano Chianti Reserva

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir pairs well with meaty salads, such as a roasted chicken salad. Other salad ingredients that work well include dried fruit, mushrooms, figs, roasted tomatoes, and walnuts.

Try: Santa Carolina Reserve Pinot Noir

 

Rosé & Sparkling Wines

Is there anything better than enjoying a fresh, crisp salad and a vibrant glass of sparkling wine?

Champagne

Try serving a glass of Champagne with a Pear, Parmesan, Candied Pecan, and Rocket Salad. You will blow your guests away!

Try: Autreau Cahpagne

Grenache Rosé

Grenache Rosé is refreshing and full of red fruit aromas. Pairing wines like this with ingredients such as anchovies or tomatoes will work beautifully.

Try: Percheron Grenache Rose

FAQs

What type of salad works well with Champagne?

Champagne pairs beautifully with salad. It is one of the few wines that show well against an acidic vinaigrette.

We recommend a herby green salad, with the likes of mustard greens, pepper cress, and arugula finished off with a tasty vinaigrette.

Which wine should I pair with a Caesar salad?

A creamy Caesar dressing can stand up to a light-bodied red, such as a Pinot Noir, or a full-bodied white wine, like a Chardonnay.

Are there any salad recipes that include wine?

Yes, you can create a fresh salad with your own red or white wine vinaigrette.