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Wine Pairing Challenge: My Summer Salad Obsession

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Meet my summer salad obsession . . . Spinach Salad with Watermelon, Blueberries and Feta. It’s a recipe I got from my friend, Delilah.  It’s light, delicious and gorgeous.  The dressing is just lemon juice and honey.  That’s it.  Summer simplicity.

And if you’re lucky enough to have a friend who happens to be a beekeeper, then you get to use fresh, local honey!  Thanks, Fern Hill Apiary!

2 tablespoons lemon juice (or 2 tablespoons lime juice)

1 tablespoon honey

4 cups spinach leaves

2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 cup blueberries, washed and dried

1/2 cup seedless cucumber, cubed

1/2 cup red onion, cut thinly

1/2 cup feta cheese (I use the feta in brine, cubed)

Whisk the lemon or lime juice and honey in a large bowl.  Add spinach and toss lightly to coat.  Add watermelon, blueberries, cucumber, and onion.  Toss and top with feta cheese.

Note:  I rarely add the red onion — I find it overpowering.  And I didn’t have any cucumbers today — and the salad tastes just as good without them.  I love flexible food.

Now for the challenge . . . what wine should I pair with all this summer goodness?  There’s a lot going on in that bowl.  Being a summer salad, I fully expect to get a million recommendations for rosé, and they wouldn’t be bad recommendations. We’d love to hear recommendations for summer wine pairings that aren’t rosé as well. There’re are plenty of great summer wines out there to explore!



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