As you may have noticed, whether reading my blog or following along on Instagram, I am holding on to summer as long as humanly possible. Partially because summer is my favorite time of year. Also because it is still hot as hell here in Texas. Though I leave for Sardinia in just three short days! I’ve been drinking all sorts of white wine and exploring different styles of rosé this month in the spirit of my never-ending summer. One such style of rosé I have always loved is a rosé of Pinot Noir. Thanks to my new favorite cookbook, Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking , I discovered a super simple, yet totally delicious strawberry salad recipe that pairs perfectly with Pinot Noir rosé.
Rosé of Pinot Noir
Rosé of Pinot Noir is mainly produced in Oregon, California, and France. This style of rosé is characterized by flavors of strawberries, watermelon, cherry, celery, orange zest, and lemon zest. Pinot Noir rosé is typically crisp and dry with high acidity yet exhibits delicate fruity flavors. This makes a rosé of Pinot Noir ideal for dishes with fruity and savory flavors, like the strawberry salad recipe I’m sharing with you today.
Why this Strawberry Salad Pairing Works
This strawberry salad recipe is the perfect wine pairing for a rosé of Pinot Noir because the fruity and savory ingredients complement the flavors and aromas of the rosé perfectly. The fragrant strawberries enhance the strawberry and citrus flavors of the wine. The thin slices of celery are just enough to bring out the savory qualities of the Pinot Noir on the palate. While the fresh tarragon highlights both the savory and fruity components of the pairing. The creamy burrata and olive oil provide a luscious richness that balances out the acidity of the rosé.
I paired this burrata and strawberry salad with a bottle of 2018 Samuel Robert Winery Pinot Noir Rosé and couldn’t believe how well the flavors of the dish enhanced the aromas and flavors of the wine. Try it for yourself to experience the magic of what food and wine pairing can be! The strawberry salad recipe is so easy to make and is the perfect dish for the end of summer anyway. Let me know your thoughts on the pairing in the comments below or snap a photo of your gorgeous strawberry salad and tag me on Instagram @palm.and.vine. Cheers!
Delicious strawberry and burrata salad with celery and fresh tarragon. Best enjoyed during summer when strawberries are fresh and fragrant paired with a rosé of Pinot Noir. Recipe adapted from Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker.
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup very thinly sliced celery hearts and leaves
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar (can use white balsamic instead)
- 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, leaves picked
- 2 4 oz balls of burrata cheese
- sea salt
Toss the strawberries, celery hearts and leaves, oil, vinegar, and tarragon leaves together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the burrata in the center of a shallow serving dish. Gently tear each burrata ball open to expose the creamy center. Drizzle the burrata with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon the strawberry salad around the burrata and serve.