Red wine and warm weather? It's an unlikely association, I know, but I'm here to bust the myth. Enter Beaujolais: a light, French red wine from the Beaujolais region made from the Gamay grape. Pairing perfectly with the nutty and somewhat fruity flavor of Gruyere cheese, I paired this "Terres Dorees" Jean-Paul 2014 Fleurie, a Cru from the Beaujolais region, with an herb salad made with fresh strawberries, crushed pistachio, a Swiss + Gruyere cheese blend and greens tossed in a poppy seed dressing.
Fleurie, French for "flower", is a light red wine fitting for the Spring, and the upcoming summer season: dark berries, approachable and fleshly with pleasing floral aromas, this wine is a nice complement to this flavorful salad. Top with grilled chicken breast for a heartier entree, or accompanying with a creamy pasta for a weeknight dinner.
Spring Herb Salad
- 1 pack herb salad blend
- 1/2 a pack of strawberries, washed and cut in half
- 1 tablespoon of crushed pistachios*
- 1/2 tablespoon of Swiss + Gruyere cheese, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 tablespoon of poppy seed dressing, I like Marie's
- Rinse herb salad into a large bowl and lay out to dry.
- Combine berries and cheese into a large bowl.
- Add dried greens and toss salad in dressing.
- Place into serving bowls and top with crushed pistachios.
*Place pistachios in a sandwich bag and smash with the back of a large spoon.
Have a red wine you love to enjoy during warmer months? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you Sopexa for providing the wine!