Beer and salad may seem like an unconventional pairing, but the greens growers at Little Leaf Farms and the peeps at Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company will convince you that the two can play together very nicely — especially as spring rolls around and you’re craving light, crisp (and, of course, delicious) flavors. As the proof is in the eating (and the drinking), they’ve created not one but two recipes that’ll put any doubts about this duo to rest.
Inspired by Allagash’s Peach and Kombucha Little Grove (a boundary-breaking, fruit-forward line of low-cal and low-ABV beers), the salad experts at Little Leaf Farms came up with a recipe for a Fennel and Chickpea Salad with Tangy Peach Vinaigrette. You can rejoice in the seasonal harvest with this combination of sweetly bitter fresh fennel bulbs, hearty chickpeas, and a citrusy punch of peppery grapefruit cooled with creamy avocado and sweet yellow peppers. This vibrant salad is topped with a mix of tangy dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and rich, sticky peach jam — the marmalade drizzle of your dreams. GET THE RECIPE HERE!
Ready to meet the salad that eats like a cheese board? Try this Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus White Balsamic Vinaigrette paired with the Blackcurrant Little Grove. It’s got all your favorite cheese board flavors — toasted walnuts, juicy green pears, fresh blackberries and (of course) creamy goat cheese — atop crisp greens drizzled with a refreshing mixture of honey, white balsamic vinegar, lemon and olive oil. Enjoy alongside the vibrant, berry-forward brew to discover the true meaning of a perfect pairing. GET THE RECIPE HERE!