Shake Up Your Brat Routine With Tomato, Red Onion, Gruyère Salad

Shake Up Your Routine
As we enter our last few weeks of summer, you might be ready to shake up your normal burger or brat routine.  How about ditching the bun and enjoying your meal with a different take on a summer salad?

Shake up your brat routine

Shake up your brat routine: skip the bun, serve with a traditional salad from Alsace. Wash it down with your favorite dry rosé

Emmi USA Cave Aged Kaltbach Le Gruyère Cheese
The folks at Emmi USA thoughtfully provided samples of cave aged artisan cheeses from Switzerland with a request to experiment with some summertime pairings.  I love artisan cheeses, so I was only too happy to help out. Today, I’m featuring Kaltbach Cave Aged Gruyère in this post. In searching around for some ideas, I happened upon this recipe from Food & Wine magazine back in 2005. A traditional dish from Alsace, tomato gruyère & red onion salad would typically be served with a local sausage.  A spicy, savory brat serves admirably.

two shepherds rosé, bratwurst, salad

A refreshing lunch on a hot summer day

Wine Pairing
There’s nothing better or more refreshing on a hot summer day than a nicely chilled glass of dry rosé. Bone dry and refreshingly acidic, rosé quenches the thirst and pairs beautifully with almost anything you might enjoy at lunch. The rosé contrasts the rich, savory spiciness of the bratwurst, and has sufficient acidity to pair beautifully with the tomatoes in the salad. Perfect for sitting underneath the patio umbrella as you take a break during your day.

Dry rose two shepherds

Two Shepherds Grenache Rosé: bright fruit and bone dry

Two Shepherds Grenache Rosé 2014 ($22 direct from the winery)
Eye: Almost clear, just a hint of haze, bright, intense strawberry color.
Nose: Bright, ripe strawberries bright fruit. in the background, a hint of herbs and earth.
Mouth: Vibrant strawberry fruit, tart acidity, very dry.

William Allen is the winemaker and owner of Two Shepherds Winery in Santa Rosa, CA.  He crafts a variety of wines from the family of grapes used the the Rhone.  I enjoy all his wines and I’m a happy Two Shepherds wine club member.  His beautiful Grenache rosé must be the most intensely colored rosé I’ve ever had!  I can assure you it is still quite dry and refreshingly acidic.

Emmi USA brings us classic cheeses

Emmi USA brings us classic cheeses

Emmi USA Cheeses
Emmi imports artisan cheeses from Switzerland.  Classic mountain cheeses, these are products made only in specific regions to particular standards. In addition, many of their cheeses are cave aged for additional taste and texture before coming to the US.

The Gruyère cheese was provided by Emmi USA as a sample for this blog post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Cheese Resources
If you have never tried cheeses beyond American mass-market brands, you’re missing out!  Stop in at your local market and take home some artisan cheese, you’ll never go back to the big brands.

Here’s how the salad comes together (click on any photo to view as a full size slideshow)

Tomato, Gruyère and Red Onion Salad

Note: This recipe is adapted from Food & Wine magazine, 2005.
The salad can be composed on a large plate, or on individual serving plates as you prefer


  • 4 medium-large vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 4 oz. Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion very thinly sliced via mandoline
  • Small bunch of flat leaf parsley, stems removed
  • 2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Thickly slice the tomatoes and arrange on plate
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Mound shredded Gruyère cheese on the tomatoes
  • Scatter sliced red onion on top of the cheese
  • Garnish with flat leaf parsley
  • Drizzle the salad with apple cider vinegar and EVOO
  • Serve with grilled brats and a nice, dry rosé

Lunch is ready!

Lunch is ready!


4 Responses to “Shake Up Your Brat Routine With Tomato, Red Onion, Gruyère Salad”
  1. Looks delicious Jeff that’s the Gruyere cheese I usually buy. Good stuff. Cheers!

  2. Your Brat and salad looks fabulous Jeff! I’ve got a bottle of TS Grenache Rose in the fridge chilling. It just might get opened tonight!

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