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Cheeses to Go With Salami

Updated February 21, 2019

Whether you prefer the thinly sliced Soppressata type or the classic Genoa kind, salami is a popular sausage with intense flavour. The Salami family of sausages are typically salty, dry, and highly seasoned, with strong flavours resulting from the curing process it goes through. Salami is a mix of minced pork, beef, wine, salt and spices. The most well-known kind is pepperoni. Different varieties of salami go well with a variety of cheeses.

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Pecorino Cheese

Pecorino, a hard sheep's milk cheese, has a sharp flavour that goes well with spicy types of salami such as Calabria and Napolitano salami. Grated Pecorino cheese and salami are often paired together over pasta in a cream sauce.


Genoa Salami, mostly made up of salty pork, is most often seen in American delis. It is usually paired with provolone, which is a curd, pulled cheese with a mild flavour. You will commonly find a version of a salami and provolone sandwich at almost any classic Italian deli.


Asiago is a hard cheese that is typically grated and has a nutty and slightly fruity flavour. Milano salami, which is a lean salami stuffed with peppercorns, pairs well with asiago cheese. The pair can be served together on a meat and cheese platter or on a sandwich with the sliced version of asiago.

Goat Cheese

Goat cheese, commonly presented as a soft spread, has a rich, creamy flavour. It is very versatile and can be served fresh or aged, with a more pungent flavour. Sopressata, a delicate, very thinly sliced salami, goes well with goat cheese when served with pasta. Another option is to serve sopressata with a goat cheese spread.

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About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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