Weeknight Dinner Recipe and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

Crispy Chicken and Cucumber Salad and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

Need a quick meal? Lauren from Climbing Grier Mountain has one just for you! In about thirty minutes, you can pull together this beautiful Crispy Chicken & Cucumber Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette. Just fry up some chicken and toss with veggies and a delicious vinaigrette. It’s perfect for a busy summer night. Try pairing it with one of these wines.

Crispy Chicken & Cucumber Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette Wine Pairing

This salad is loaded with a mix of herbal and sweet vegetables along with a little heat, tossed with a dressing that balances out its acid, spice, and sweet flavors. We turn to wines that compliment all of these flavors, are refreshing, and have great acidity to hold everything together.

Chenin Blanc: Beringer Chenin Blanc ~ $8

Aromatic and fruity with flavors of citrus, melon, and honey, along with some ginger and nutmeg spice. Lush and juicy on the palate, this one also has a touch of sweetness that balances out the dressing and stands up to the mix of veggies.

Chenin Blanc: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc & Viognier ~ $14

This blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier has floral and fruity components with lemon, mango, and orange blossom. It has lots of juicy mouth-watering fruit on the palate and a touch of sweetness. The subtle sweetness found in the wine will tone down any heat from the peppers and jalapeños and act as a refreshing palate cleanser.

Gruner Veltliner: Weingut Laurenz V. ‘Laurenz und Sophie Singing’ Gruner Veltliner ~ $14

Gruner Veltliner is always a good choice for vegetables, and this one is no exception. It has signature spice and white pepper flavors along with citrus, apple, and peach flavors. The juicy fruit on the palate and crisp finish will compliment all ingredients in the salad.

Pinot Grigio: Montinore Estate Pinot Gris ~ $12

This is a versatile and food-friendly Pinot Gris that has fresh apple and pear flavors along with some bright citrus and herbs and even some mild tropical flavors. This will compliment the grilled chicken as well as the vegetable medley. It is also biodynamic, organic, and an excellent value at $12.

Sauvignon Blanc: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc ~$17

If you’re looking for something zesty and crisp, check out this Sauvignon Blanc with loads of grapefruit, lime, and a lovely hint of sweet passion fruit in the background. The mouth is bright with vibrant acidity. This wine is considered a benchmark for those who love this grassy, grapefruity style of Sauvignon Blanc and a classic example of New Zealand style. A good one for a warm summer evening dinner pairing.

Other Easy Summer Recipe & Wine Pairings

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