Arugula is a bitter salad green with a peppery mustard flavour. It’s very popular in Italy, and elsewhere in the world, it makes a lively addition to salads, soups or sauteed vegetarian dishes.
Best Wine with Arugula
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Grüner Veltliner
- Pale Ale
While the flavour is very assertive, a Sauvignon Blanc, especially one that is grassy on the nose, will complement this vegetable. Peter Yealands Sauv Blanc is a good example of a grassy white wine that also features gooseberry and melon aromas with crisp citrus and ripe melon flavours.
Grüner Veltliner is an Austrian White wine that is notable for having lots of ‘green vegetable’ flavours such as zucchini, and pureed peas. You’ll also get a touch of melon, some grapefruit, and white pepper. Because the wine has green and peppery qualities, it complements and befriends the bitter Arugula quite easily.
Arneis (Italian for ‘Little Rascal’, at least in the Piedmont dialect), is a medium-bodied but bone dry white wine from the Piedmont region of Italy. On the finish, it has bitter notes of almond that complement the bitterness in Arugula. Arneis works for the same reasons that Sauvignon Blanc does as they both share the same grassy notes and fresh flavours of citrus and pear.
Chablis has a lovely fresh green tones that will work well with Arugula salad. In addition, you get beautiful citrus, pear, salinity and minerality notes that will love any additional vegetables you toss in with your arugula salad. High in acidity, Chablis will work fantastic with any creamy dressings you may add.
Arugula & Beer Pairing
When pairing a beer to a Salad, where Arugula is the dominant green, try a crisp Pilsner. The beer will be quite refreshing against the spiciness of the bitter salad green. An American Pale Ale and a Grapefruit & Arugula salad, is another winning combination.
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