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Food and Wine Pairing Ideas for Grilled Salmon with Pineapple, Mango Salsa

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Leanne Haney May 21, 2011 08:40 AM

I'm hosting my Supper club and I am going to Grill Salmon and serve it with a Pineapple, Mango Salsa, and the salmon will be plated atop a little Arugula. I need to come up with a side dish that goes with this. Any thoughts on something that may be done ahead, and not on the grill (as the grill will be taken up by the Salmon.)
Another person is bringing a Cous Cous salad "with a twist".

  1. goodhealthgourmet May 21, 2011 11:01 PM

    i'm going to be the voice of dissent on the side dish here - since someone is already bringing couscous i wouldn't necessarily do another heavy starch like rice...
    - an acidic and/or spicy slaw (it would offset the sweetness of the fruit)
    - roasted asparagus (or other seasonal vegetables)
    - charred corn salad

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      rabaja May 22, 2011 09:37 AM

      I agree, and all three of your suggestions sound wonderful.
      The roasted asparagus would be a nice veg and good room temp too so you could make it ahead -although I like it simply steamed.
      And the rose pairing up thread sounds nice too, if there's sun in the OP's neighborhood.

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      lilhellie May 21, 2011 10:38 PM

      Oregon Pinot all the way- try WillaKenzie Estate or Beaux Freres

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        jmnewel May 21, 2011 12:10 PM

        With grilled salmon we like a dry French rosé, preferably from (but not limited to) the Bandol region. There are plenty of good ones out there. This type of wine will be ably to handle the fruity salsa, as well as variously flavored salads.

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          magiesmom May 21, 2011 10:16 AM

          I' d serve a green rice with greens, herbs and a jalapeno pureed. It is good hot or at room temp and would be a nice counterpoint to the sweet salsa. Alsatian pinot gris would be good.

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            DoctorDaveNY May 21, 2011 10:01 AM

            For the wine pairing question I would go with an Alsace or Oregon pinot gris or a German riesling. Side dish maybe a sweet potato salad?

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              LJS May 21, 2011 10:00 AM

              For a wine pairing, I would suggest a good Verdicchio (a white Italian from Le Marche region): Faza Battaglia is a good generally available lable, but if you can find a better one, go for it!

              As for a side, perhaps a twist on Rice and Beans, leaning toward the Caribbean with coconut milk and garnished with lime slices? I like R&B because you can make it in advance and most recipes are large in proportions for exactly this type of meal.

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                Leanne Haney May 22, 2011 08:48 AM

                Thank you everyone for all the great ideas, its going to be a tough one since I want to do something ahead...please keep your ideas a coming! Thanks

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