May is recognized as Mediterranean Diet Month. What better way to celebrate delicious Mediterranean meals than to pair them with delicious wine, too? Here are a few of Cellars Wine Club’s favorite ways to incorporate wine into Mediterranean meals.
Making fresh pasta sauce from scratch is always a healthy option. Simply chop one red onion and sauté it. Add two chopped garlic cloves. Remember to always use olive oil. When the onions start to caramelize, add some chopped red tomatoes into the onion and garlic. Add some tomato paste, fresh basil and some pepper. Simmer everything for about 15 minutes.
When preparing your main dish, use olive oil as your cooking oil. This will start your meal in true Mediterranean fashion from the beginning.
Mediterranean food is known for the abundance of raw and fresh vegetables included in their diet. The nice thing with salads is that you can include almost any type of vegetables. Some of the most popular vegetables are carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, red onions, celery, arugula lettuce and spinach. Balsamic dressing is a staple among Mediterranean meals.
After your salad or in replacement of, start off with a light meal. Often, more vegetables. Try cooking red onions, bell peppers, sliced eggplant, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. Place the veggies in your cooking pan and top with a few basil leaves to taste after cooking is complete. Compliment this veggie dish with a nice red wine, like Boutari’s Naoussa Grande Reserve 2001.
Looking for a bread tip? Try whisking olive oil with balsamic vinegar and you will have the perfect Mediterranean-style bread dip. Elevate your dip by adding some herbs and spices like rosemary, mustard seeds, celery seeds, or fresh basil.
Load up on omega 3 by eating fish, especially tuna or salmon. Balance the taste of your fish with an acidity Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose 2007.
As you can see, there are endless ways to incorporate wine into Mediterranean meals. What are your favorite Mediterranean dishes?