The Only Grape Salad Recipes You Will Ever Need!
Fresh table grapes from California are available from the beginning of Summer through January. That means it’s prime time for us to share some of the best grape salad recipes that the internet has to offer!
But first, a quick history lesson on California table grapes!
The fresh grape boom hit California in 1839 when a former trapper from Kentucky, William Wolfskill, planted the state’s first table grape vineyard in the area we now know as Los Angeles.
Wolfskill, an agricultural entrepreneur, was the first farmer to ship fresh grapes to Northern California. Then in 1869, R.B. Blowers expanded the idea and sent the first 22-pound box of California grapes to Chicago via the new transcontinental railroad.
While the gold rush may have ended here in California, the grape rush continues with over 99% of table grapes commercially grown in the United States coming from California!
What is grape salad made of?
Traditionally when we think of “grape salad,” our minds settle on a very creamy dessert-ish dish laden with cream cheese and brown sugar. It’s definitely a vibe all on its own, but honestly, grape salad can be made with all sorts of ingredients. You are only limited by your imagination and what other ingredients you have on hand!
Table grapes are officially in season! Look and ask for table grapes from California in your local grocery store.
The recipes below have something to offer virtually every kind of eater. Let them serve as inspiration for your own delicious ideas this harvest season.
Chicken Salad with Grapes, Radish & Pecans in Avocado Dressing
This chicken salad is beautiful, delicious, and portable, thanks to those handy lettuce cups.
Smashed Cucumber and Grape Salad
If you have never smashed your cucumbers with a rolling pin, you are really missing out! This heart-healthy recipe from Grapes from California has been on repeat most of the summer for us.
Roasted Grape and Arugula Salad
While Meg of This Mess is Ours loves popping fresh chilled grapes as a healthy snack, she actually likes serving them in unexpected ways even more!
Take this Roasted Grape & Arugula Salad Recipe for example. It’s savory, it’s sweet, it has a jammy component and it all comes together in about 15 minutes!
Sweet Potato, Bacon and Grape Salad
This sweet meets savory fall salad from Grapes from California is gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo while being intensely flavorful!
Grape Quinoa Chicken Harvest Salad
If minimal heat, low fuss cooking is the thing you need, try Aida Mollenkamp’s summer-inspired salad recipe! It is perfect for hectic weeknights, desk lunches, and picnics.
Cucumber Grape Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
This quick-to-make salad from Grapes from California is tart and tangy with just the right amount of sweetness from fresh CA table grapes!
Grape-Roasted Beet Salad with Serrano Pepper Dressing
This grape-laced salad from Hola Jalapeno is a feast for the senses!
In season California grapes not only add texture and flavor to the final salad but also make a delicious marinade for the roasted beets.
Shrimp Thai Salad
This grape salad from Grapes from California is completely unexpected! It has a spicy-sweet flavor combination paired with a crisp, clean crunch.
Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad Recipe
This salad from This Mess is Ours combines shredded rotisserie chicken, crunchy celery, sweet grapes, and toasty walnuts that have all been enrobed in a simple dressing made of Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and fresh tarragon.
Roasted Squash and Grape Salad with Tahini
This grape salad from Grapes from California is the perfect recipe to add to your menu for the upcoming holiday season!
Spelt Grape Salad with Chickpeas
This wonderful fall grain salad from Naturally Ella gets texture from chewy spelt berries and ripe grapes, with a boost of protein from the chickpeas.
Crispy Garlic Chicken Chopped Salad
This grape salad recipe from Grapes from California features a delicious pan-seared garlic chicken that we cannot get enough of!
Kale Salad Recipe with Red Grapes, Walnuts, and Feta
This Mess is Ours knows that the secret to making a GREAT kale salad recipe is the pre-dressing massage!
A sprinkle of coarse salt and fresh lemon juice work together with massaging hands to soften sturdy kale leaves like magic in this Kale Salad with Red Grapes, Walnuts, and Feta.
Grilled Flank Steak with Southwest Corn and Grape Salad
Grapes from California really piqued our interest pairing perfectly cooked flank steak with a Southwest-inspired grape salad!
Easy Arugula Chicken Salad With Grapes
This arugula and chicken salad with grapes from The Movement Menu is quick to prep and topped off with a creamy homemade dressing. The salad is delicious, healthy, and easy, as well as being gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo.
Savory Yogurt with Grape and Cucumber Salad
The dukkah recipe alone in this savory yogurt and grape salad from Grapes from California is enough to make us weak in the knees!
Honey Salmon Skewers with Zucchini and Grapes
Looking for a delicious way to top any leafy green your heart desires? Try these Honey Salmon Skewers from Britney Breaks Bread. Fast, easy, and made extra delicious with the addition of table grapes!
California Wine Country Salad
Did someone say Wine Country? This grape salad from Grapes from California will transport your tastebuds in an instant!
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Frequently asked questions about grapes.
A 3/4 cup of grapes contains just 90 calories with no fat, no cholesterol, and virtually no sodium. Grapes are also a good source of vitamin K. Grapes of all colors are a natural source of antioxidants and other polyphenols.
Research indicates that consuming California grapes as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle contributes to heart health.
Research has shown that California grapes of all colors—red, green, and black—are a natural source of beneficial components called polyphenols. Polyphenols help promote antioxidant activity and can influence cell communications that affect important biological processes.