Finest Wine And Salad Pairings, Part I

It can be quite worth your while to spend a little extra time and maybe a little extra money to match your wine and food. A typical Caesar Salad consists of romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. For best effect it is prepared at the diner’s table. This salad was invented by Caesar Cardini in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s. Needless to say, there are many variations. But it’s always a pleasure to have your salad made right in front of your eyes at the table. You may prefer to avoid raw eggs in the dressing. The classic wine pairings for Caesar Salad are Beaujolais and Sangiovese. You might also consider a Chardonnay or a French Cotes du Rhone.

Caprese Salad (Insalata Caprese) is made from sliced fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, black pepper, and olive oil. If you really want to do it right choose your ingredients from the Campania region of southern Italy, in particular your mozzarella should be di bufala campana (local water buffalo) and your olive oil should be extra virgin from the Sorrento peninsula. In any case this salad’s colors are also found in the flag of Italy. A couple words of advice: do not let the salad soak in oil and forget the vinegar, even if it’s balsamic. The classic wine pairings for Caprese Salad are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You might also do welll withr a Chianti or an Italian Pinot Grigio.

Chefs Salad (Insalata Chefs) consists of hard-cooked eggs, strips of ham, roast beef, turkey, and/or chicken, and cheese, sitting upon a bed of tossed salad greens. Among the popular dressings are Thousand Island and French Dressing. This salad became popular at the famous Ritz-Carleton Hotel but is now found in many fast-food locations. Still, if you so desire you can do it right, customizing it with your special ingredients. The classic wine pairing for a Chefs Salad is Chardonnay. You can also choose a Riesling, a Chenin Blanc, or a Sauvignon Blanc wine. I really don’t see a red wine with a Chefs Salad.

The nice thing about Chicken Salad is that you can add your own touches including vegetables, fruits, nuts, and a wide variety of seasonings. You will most likely want to add a binder, such as mayonnaise or salad dressing. Many people add sliced chicken to other salads such as a Chefs Salad. Chenin Blanc and Riesling are classical wine pairings for a Chicken Salad. You might also like a Gewurztraminer or a Pinot Blanc wine.

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