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.
This chicken salad is beautiful, delicious, and portable, thanks to those handy lettuce cups.
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!
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.
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.
Grapes from California really piqued our interest pairing perfectly cooked flank steak with a Southwest-inspired grape salad!
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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.