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Summer Salads

July 21, 2015

No one wants to slave away at the stove in the middle of the summer heat. Instead, try some refreshing Summer Salad pairings from Paso Uncorked! No oven required.

Tuna Niçoise Salad Pair this salad with a Rosé. There’s a lot going on in this salad with a number of different flavors. Rosé is an incredibly versatile wine that pairs up well with a number of dishes. Based on the considerable amount of saltiness in the salad from the olives, anchovies and capers, the smallest amount of sugar in a Rosé will help create balance and will prevent the salt from overpowering the rest of the ingredients.
Cobb Salad

Pair this salad with a Pinot Noir. A nice lighter-bodied wine with up-front fruits like strawberry, cherry and raspberry combined with some earthier undertones of smoky bacon. These smoky notes in the wine will not only match up with the bacon in the salad, but the bright acidity will stand up to the tomatoes as well.
Spinach Salad with Nectarines and Goat
Pair this salad with a fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc. In this classic pairing, the fresh acidity in the wine matches with the tangy acidity of the goat cheese. Throw in a little grilled chicken breast marinated in oil and lemon, and you’ll have a home run!
Steak Salad

Pair this salad with a Malbec if you’ve got a nice grilled steak. The toasted oak notes in the wine match up great with the charred grill marks on the steak. If you’re adding blue cheese to the salad, try pairing it up with a wine with softer tannins like a Merlot or dry red blend.