Salad & Wine
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Salad & Wine
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:21:07 AM. Recipe ID 53175. Report a problem with this recipe.
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  A major problem in pairing salad and wine is the high acid levels of
  most vinaigrettes, which wreaks havoc on wine, making it taste flat
  and flabby. You can avoid this conflict by making dressings that are
  less sharp but still vivid, with some of the following techniques:
  ~ Replace part or all of the red-or white-wine vinegar in a recipe
  with balsamic, sherry, or rice-wine vinegar, which have fuller,
  mellower flavors.
  ~ Use fruit juice instead of vinegar. Obvious choices might be lemon
  or lime juice, but think also of orange juice, apple cider, cranberry
  juice, or any fruit juice with a bright flavor.
  ~ Replace acidic ingredients with other liquids that are intense but
  not sharp, such as rich chicken, veal, fish, or vegetable stock,
  worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, juices from roasted ,eats or
  vegetables, or roasted garlic pur‚e.
  When designing a salad, be sure to include ingredients that have a
  natural affinity to wine. They'll create the link that makes the
  combination work.
  ~ Herbs: Lots of wines have herbal notes, including Sauvignon Blanc,
  Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
  ~ Greens: Strong or peppery greens will want a wine with some
  spiciness to it, like Zinfandel or Petite Sirah.
  ~ Vegetables: Roasting vegetables concentrates their flavor and
  brings out their natural sweetness. Vegetables in this mellow state
  work well with deeper, richer wines like Zinfandel and barrel-aged
  Sauvignon Blanc. Grilled vegetables want a wine that "seen some oak:
  to link the toasty, woody flavors, so try a barrel-fermented
  Chardonnay. Mushrooms in particular make a salad more full-bodied and
  earthy, making a red wine, such as Pinot Noir welcome.
  ~ Fruit: So many fresh and dried fruit flavors and fragrances are
  found in wine that fruit is a natural bridge ingredient. Apple, pear,
  melon, and even tropical fruit flavors are common in Riesling,
  Chardonnay, Gewšrztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, or S‚millon. Rip fresh
  berries and cherries dominate many Beajolais and Pinot Noirs, and
  even hearty Cabernets can have similar flavors. Dried fruit, like
  figs, dried cranberries, apricots, and raisins will link to wine with
  bright fruit notes, such as Grenache or Gamay.
  ~ Croutons: Toasted or grilled bread in a salad also works nicely with
  slightly oaky wines.
  ~ Nuts: Toasted nuts complement slight oaky, toasty wines.
  ~ Cheese: Wine and cheese is almost a clich‚, but why does it work so
  well? One reason is that the milk proteins in cheese tame the tannins
  and acidity in wine, making the combination smoother. If the cheese
  is very salty, like a blue cheese, pair it with a slightly sweet
  wine, such as an off-dry Riesling. Dry aged cheeses like Parmesan or
  Asiago, with their toasty, buttery flavors, link wonderfully to
  barrel-fermented and aged Chardonnays.
  ~ Meat, Seafood, Poultry: These ingredients can tame tannins and
  acids in the same way cheese does, and their fuller flavors and
  textures make a salad bolder and more substantial. Think of grilling
  these ingredients and going for an oakier wine.

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Recipe ID 53175 (Apr 03, 2005)

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