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Food & Wine Pairing: Prosciutto Truffle Salad with Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir

Welcome back to wine week! To get caught up, make sure and read yesterdays post:

How To Pair Food and Wine 

Rule one: Acid needs acid

I loved (LOVED!!) this recipe and pairingI am much more of a red wine person and learning about versatile red, with a higher acidity and lower tannin level than most reds, I am able to serve a red wine as a stand in where most people would typically put a white. Because, remember, pairing is more about acid and tannin levels than white versus red. 

I CAN have a red wine with white meat!! As long as I can pick the right one. 

The wine in this pairing is Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir, 2009

I really liked this wine, and I loved that I am now able to pair a red wine with white meat if I so desire. Still maybe a bit to tannin heavy for a light, white fish, but works perfect with pork or possibly a chicken dish. AND It’s UNDER $10!! I love that. I love that I can serve a beautiful wine, paired perfectly with my beautiful salad, and no one will ever know that I so incredibly affordable. 

This was a recipe that I followed the closest. And I loved it so much I made it twice in the same week. It is easy, full of flavor and has a fancy boldness that is perfect for a dinner party. 

It has a super easy homemade dressing that you mix right in the salad bowl. 

Printable: salad-recipe 

I only made a few minor changes to this recipe:

  • Since I had truffle oil on hand from when I made this, I used it in place of the olive oil. 
  • Instead of rubbing the bowl and the bread with garlic, I used a microplane to grate it to a paste and spread it on the bread, and just added the garlic paste to the dressing
  • I grilled the bread slices on my grill pan and served them on the side
  • I added chopped tomatoes 
I really hope you love this salad as much as I did, its simple, fresh and delicious. 
Seek out the wine if you can, and remember that it is a red that you can pair with high acid dishes if you are one of those people who doesn’t particularly fall in love with whites. 
More food and wine parings coming this week. Stay tuned!
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Jessica January 3, 2012 um 1:06 pm

You are so right. I never think about pairing because I always just want red wine. I had no idea that I COULD pair a red with white meat. I’ll look for that wine. Really, $10??? amazing.


Michelle January 3, 2012 um 3:40 pm

Jackie this is a lovely blog, I love the idea of using truffle oil!


Jackie January 3, 2012 um 4:03 pm

Thank you! I rarely get to use it in a way that really highlights it, so I was excited to see it in this recipe 🙂


Carina K. January 3, 2012 um 9:10 pm

This salad is so lovely, and I can’t believe I can have it with red wine. So glad to know that great tip!


Tomas Mapota January 4, 2012 um 1:45 am

actually enjoyed what you posted actually. it really isnt that simple to write about wine in a way that us normal people understand. I got this right away!


Jackie January 4, 2012 um 8:47 am

I think pairing is easier than people think. Most people don’t try because they don’t think they can do it, but it’s not that difficult!


Tina@flourtrader January 4, 2012 um 4:15 am

Nice to know that red wine is a little bit more versatile than I first thought when it comes to pairing. However, I do see that this may not be the case for all red wines-I have to watch the tannin level. The salad along with the wine would make for a perfect lunch-Yum! Keep this series going-thanks


Jackie January 4, 2012 um 8:46 am

You are absolutely right, Tina!


Liz January 4, 2012 um 4:22 am

Wonderful salad…I bet the truffle oil was an incredible addition~


Tiffany January 4, 2012 um 10:05 am

I love a good pinot noir! This is a great pairing for it!


Yong Mantilla January 4, 2012 um 5:50 pm

Maybe this is the best wine post I’ve ever seen 🙂


Ann January 4, 2012 um 7:52 pm

The salad looks amazing! I have a few favorites when it comes to wine and tend to stick with them, but I pretty much break all the rules. If I like it – that works for me! However, it’s nice to know what goes with what…thanks!


Nathanael Sladek January 6, 2012 um 10:59 am

So much for my resolution to stop drinking so much wine!


Donna June 6, 2013 um 7:02 am

Simply cannot WAIT to make this for the upcoming weekend…I spotted fresh figs in the outdoor market here in France…and this would be fabulous (hoping!) if the tomatoes continue to be as bland in the coming days! (We’ve had horrific weather up until now)

Thank you for such a lovely sharing of your culinary wisdom!


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