Recipes & Pairings

With their crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, Sicily’s wines are versatile when it comes to food pairing. In general, white wines are better with lighter-bodied foods and fresh cheeses, while reds pair naturally with richer dishes. That said, white wine lovers can rely on Grillo to complement the entire meal, from pasta to grilled white meats and goat cheese. And the go-to for red-wine lovers is Nero d’Avola, which matches with everything from antipasti to grilled meats.

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  • Garden Radish Salad with Herb Oil

Garden Radish Salad with Herb Oil

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Elevate your summer small plates with this colorful radish salad. It’s drizzled with aromatic herb oil and paired with a fresh and lively Grillo from Sicilia DOC.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ounces fresh chives, parsley, basil, tarragon, or cilantro, or any combination (some reserved for garnish)
  • 3/4 Cup neutral oil, such as canola
  • 2 Cups thinly sliced radishes, assorted varieties such as Black, Daikon, Watermelon or French Breakfast
  • Coarse sea salt

Directions:

Bring a salted pot of water to a boil. When rolling, submerge the herbs for the oil into the pot for 10 seconds and plunge immediately into and ice water bath.  Spin and blot completely dry and transfer to a blender.  Add the oil and puree for 3-4 minutes, adding more oil if necessary to get things moving.  Pour the mixture through a fine strainer; do not press the accumulated solids to extract the last bit of oil.  Set aside.

Scatter the thinly sliced radishes and assorted herb garnishes decoratively on a plate.  Drizzle with the herb oil, and some crunchy sea salt. Makes 4 servings.