Riesling is a largely misunderstood wine here in the U.S.. For years we have only had access to cloying syrupy brands that don’t pair well with your tastebuds, much less your dinner. All that is changing as drier varieties begin their slow trickle into the country. In fact, contrary to what we see in the U.S., sweet rieslings are produced far less in Germany, as the German palate tends to favor dry wines.
German producer, Leitz makes a delicious dry, or “trocken” riesling called Ein Zwei Dry that is perfect for pairing with light summer meals. My Prawn and Fresh Herb Salad is the perfect match for this riesling. The citrus notes of the riesling is amazing with the dill and chives. The richness of the prawns cuts through the acidity of the riesling for really balanced flavors.
Prawn and Fresh Herb Salad
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 TBS. sherry vinegar
3 TBS. Dijon mustard
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 TBS. fresh dill, chopped
3 TBS. fresh chives, chopped
2 lbs. blanched prawns
5 radishes, sliced thin
2 c. blanched green beans
10 cooked pearl potatoes, quartered
1 head butter lettuce
Combine the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and herbs together in a large bowl and whisk together. Add in the remaining ingredients and toss to coat.
Serve with a chilled bottle of Ein Zwei Dry or your favorite dry riesling.
Dry rieslings are starting to become easier to find, so be sure to check out your local wine shop. To learn more about riesling and German wines visit Wines of Germany.