Greek Salad recipes vary, but you usually can expect Tomatoes, Cucumber, Green Bell Peppers, Feta Cheese, and Olives tossed in a herbal and garlic vinaigrette dressing. Crisp white wines with lots of acidity, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Verdejo, Assyrtiko, Ruedo and Prosecco (a sparkling wine), pair up best with Greek Salad. Red wines will not work with Greek Salad as the dressing and tomatoes’ high acidity will make the wine taste sour. If you insist on a red wine, reach for a Rosé instead. However, if you insist on a red, a chilled Beaujolais could work, but it does not make for a fantastic pairing.
Sauvignon Blanc & Greek Salad Pairing
Greek Salad is a tangy dish that requires a sharp-tasting Sauvignon Blanc to match its bite. Grassy and bright, Sauvignon Blanc complements the oregano, cucumbers, olives, and garlic tossed into your Greek Salad. Meanwhile, the zesty citrus notes mesh well with the acidic tomatoes.
Pinot Grigio & Greek Salad Pairing
An Italian Pinot Grigio is a crisp and fruity white wine with enough acidity to deal with a sharp bite of Greek Salad. The pear, citrus and peach flavours of Pinot Grigio are subtle enough to interrupt the Greek Salad flavours and instead work hard at connecting with the diverse flavours and textures of your Greek Salad.
Assyrtiko & Greek Salad Pairing
Assyrtiko is a Greek white wine similar to Sauvignon Blanc. It has bright lemony flavours and high acidity, which holds up to the dressing, tomatoes, and olives without overwhelming the flavours. You’ll also find delicious notes of orange blossom, jasmine, beeswax and spicy ginger to spruce up the pairing even further.
Prosecco & Greek Salad Pairing
Prosecco is a neutral sparkling wine from Italy that is crisp and has plenty of acidity to deal with the tomatoes and olives in your Greek Salad. Prosecco’s bubbly nature and citrus notes helps spread the flavours around while erasing the pungent garlic notes in between bites. Any sparkling wine will work with Greek Salad, provided it’s not overly sweet.
Rosé & Greek Salad Pairing
A fruity and dry Rosé makes for a nice alternative to a red wine if you’re looking for some berry flavours of strawberry, cranberry and raspberry to enjoy with the feta cheese in your Greek Salad. A dry Rosé has great acidity that holds up to Greek Salad along with citrus flavours that further brighten up each bite.