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20 Unique Ways To Utilize Grapes

When you see a big bag of grapes in your fridge, you might think that they can only be enjoyed as a snack. While they are perfect for popping, you might be surprised at the ways you can use them in your next meal.

With their firm texture and sweet flavor, grapes lend themselves well to salads and cook up well in warm, savory dishes. And of course, since they’re so sweet, they are the perfect addition to a number of desserts.

With that all said, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite grape recipes to try out in your own kitchen!

Curried Chicken Salad

curried chicken salad

Grapes add a pop of sweetness to this herby and flavorful curried chicken salad.

Make a sandwich with your curried chicken salad, or serve it on top of lettuce.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 cups quartered grapes
  • 1 bag prewashed salad greens
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Mix together the mayonnaise, yogurt, curry powder, and sea salt. Toss with the chicken, dates, onions, and grapes. Place a scoop of salad on a bed of greens on each serving plate, and top with sliced almonds.

Recipe and photo adapted from Welcome to the Table

Oven-Roasted Chicken with Grapes

oven roasted chicken with grapes

This recipe from Bon Appetit calls for just a few simple pantry ingredients and transforms them into an unexpectedly fancy dish.

Five-spice is added to the chicken, which offers a zesty component to balance out the sweet grapes.

Serve this oven-roasted chicken with your favorite mashed potatoes.

Find the full recipe at Bon Appetit

Shaved Celery and Fennel Salad with Pickled Grapes

fennel celery salad

In this recipe, grapes are pickled to create a sweet and slightly acidic addition to this salad.

Celery and fennel are shaved nice and thin and paired with arugula and basil for a flavorful green salad.

Goat cheese is added for an extra touch of saltiness that rounds out the whole salad.

Find the full recipe at Food & Wine

Kale and Black Lentil Salad with Grilled Grapes

lentil kale grape salad

Lentils add a nice crunch to balance out the kale in this salad recipe from Edible Seattle.

Grapes are brushed with olive oil and then grilled to perfection to release the sweet juices that will add a touch of sugar to the dish.

It’s all finished off with thin slices of manchego cheese and a homemade vinaigrette.

Find the full recipe at Edible Seattle

Thyme Roasted Chicken with Grapes and Burrata

thyme roasted chicken

Though you may not think to combine chicken, grapes, and burrata, the outcome is quite special.

Chicken breast is roasted with thyme to make it nice and herby and is combined with salty bacon and shallots.

Burrata is added at the very end and drizzled with honey.

Find the full recipe at Half Baked Harvest

Grape Cake with Hazelnut Streusel

grape cake

Of course with its super sweet flavor, we had to include a grape dessert recipe!

Crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, this grape cake features a hazelnut streusel that’s the perfect nutty complement to sweet fruit.

It comes together in just over an hour and can be served with your favorite ice cream or homemade cream.

Find the full recipe at Epicurious

Chicken-and-Grape Salad Sandwich

chicken salad sandwich

Here’s a quick and easy lunch idea that’s a great way to utilize rotisserie chicken.

Chicken is combined with mayo, mustard, and some common pantry spices and added atop a bed of alfalfa sprouts or lettuce.

Sliced grapes add a nice punch of sweetness and texture.

Find the full recipe at Food & Wine

Radicchio Salad with Pickled Grapes and Goat Cheese

radicchio salad

Grapes are quick-pickled with vinegar, sugar, OJ, star anise, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes to transform them into a tangy treat that’s perfect as a salad topping.

Once the pickled grapes are ready, the rest of the salad comes together in just a few steps.

Serve your radicchio salad as a mid-day snack or alongside roasted chicken for a flavorful weeknight dinner.

Find the full recipe at Bon Appetit

Red Fruit Salad

red fruit salad

Maybe you just want to enjoy your grapes in a simple fruit salad!

Here, grapes are combined with watermelon, raspberries, and purple basil to create a red fruit salad that’s simple and delicious.

Feel free to add in any red fruit you enjoy, like strawberries, pomegranate seeds, or cherries!

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Grapes and Shallots

rosemary chicken with roasted grapes

There’s something about grapes and shallots that balance one another out so perfectly.

In this recipe, skin-on chicken is pan-seared to create a crispy texture before being oven-roasted with grapes and shallots to make the meat nice and tender.

Serve your rosemary chicken atop mashed sweet potatoes for a fall dinner.

Find the full recipe at Feasting at Home

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By: Leigha

LeighaLeigha is the Marketing Assistant at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.