Pairing Wine and Salads For Spring

Wine and Salad Pairings That Will Make You Want to Eat Your Greens

There’s nothing like spring sunshine to inspire you to eat your greens! When you think of wine food pairings, pairing wine with salad may not be your first thought, but these 7 wine and salad pairings will have you thinking differently. 

The best part about eating a salad for your meal? Adding a glass of wine is kind of like achieving neutral – there’s nothing to feel guilty about!

Here are our favorite salad and wine pairings for spring – zero guilt, lots of green, lots of flavor. 

Image courtesy of Southern Living 

BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing 

If you’re craving a BLT, ditch the bread and swap it for croutons. This BLT salad has all the fixings of the classic sandwich (yes, even bacon!) with bonus greens and buttermilk dressing. 

Pair this BLT salad with an oak-aged Chardonnay. This buttery white wine will complement the creamy dressing. We recommend our Meet Cute oaked Chardonnay

Image courtesy of Bon Appetit

Barley, Fennel, and Beet Salad

“Good for you” in a bowl! This Barley, Fennel, and Beet Salad is colorful with zingy flavors and hearty grains. 

Pair this salad with a Gamay to complement the beets and fennel. If you can’t get your hands on a Gamay, a Pinot Noir will substitute well. Give our Sophonisba Pinot Noir a try! 

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Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad 

Chopped chicken and tangy lime vinaigrette with a sprinkle of tortilla strips? Sign us up. This Southwest Salad is crisp, refreshing, and open to interpretation. Bump up the spice or experiment with other spices like paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, or oregano. 

Pair all things Southwest with an Australian Grenache. This wine will stand up to the spiciness of  chipotle dressing, plus its smokiness jives surprisingly well with the lime. 

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Strawberry Caprese Salad

Caprese, but make it spring. This Strawberry Caprese Salad is fit for the main course as an entree salad, and it also works for small bites. 

If you want to go the appetizer route, place your fixings on top of toasted French bread baguette slices for a springtime bruschetta. 

For this classic Italian salad with a twist, we’re recommending an Italian Primitivo – a red wine that comes from the same grapes as Zinfandel. This red wine food pairing won’t disappoint! Opt for our Worst Evils Zinfandel

Bright Cellars’ Worst Evils Zinfandel

Tangy Potato Green Bean Salad 

If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try this Tangy Potato Green Bean Salad. Less leafy greens, but all the veggies and all the flavor. Replace your usual mayo base with a lemon-dill vinaigrette for a crisp twist on potato salad. 

Pair this potato salad with an oaked Chardonnay. Oak aged wine can actually bring out some flavors of dill, which will complement the vinaigrette perfectly. 

Lemon Orzo Shrimp Salad

Who said you couldn’t toss some grains into the mix? This Lemon Orzo Shrimp salad is a total crowd pleaser and perfect for a sunshiny day. 

Bring out the lemon flavors by pairing this orzo salad with a Chenin Blanc – a white grape from France with notes of ripe apple, lemon drop, and honeydew. Our Indulu Chenin Blanc is a perfect fit. 

You could also pair this lemony pasta salad with a Pinot Grigio to accentuate the lemon notes. 

Image courtesy of Good Housekeeping 

Spring Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette 

Tangy with a little bit of spice, this Spring Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette is the perfect spring afternoon salad. The veggies are up to interpretation – feel free to add asparagus, snap peas, green beans. Whatever strikes your fancy. Top your salad with this innovative vegan salad dressing with dijon mustard, chopped dried apricots, and white wine vinegar. 

In order to bring out the apricot flavors in the vinaigrette dressing, we recommend pairing with a crisp Riesling. Have you tried our Sunshower Riesling?  A semi-sweet Riesling, Sunshower is balanced beautifully with bright acidity and ripe flavors of tangerine, pear, and lychee alongside notes of florals.

In Vino Finito 

How do you like to eat your greens? Let us know in the comments! 

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Bright Cellars

Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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