Crisp and plump. Juicy and sweet. Red grapes are one of the most refreshing and satisfying end-of-summer snacks straight off the vine. But they are also so delightful serving as the star or supporting ingredient in salads and main dishes. And California grapes are in peak season right now (May through January) so it’s a great time to add them to your shopping list. If you’re looking for a new salad to surprise and delight guests, you’ve gotta try this one. It’s one of my favorite salads and combines sweet and crisp red grapes with savory and salty blue cheese and rich chopped walnuts with a barely there champagne vinaigrette – the contrasting flavors pair perfectly together.
And looks gorgeous, right?
Simple, satisfying and nutrient-rich. Grapes of all colors – red, black and green – are a natural source of beneﬁcial antioxidants and other polyphenols. One serving of grapes (3/4 cup) contains just 90 calories, no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium, and also provide potassium and are a good source of vitamin K. Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and heart smart ALA omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, an ounce of walnuts provides 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of filling fiber. All in all a great side dish that’s deliciously unique. It’s sort of like a fruit, cheese and nut platter…just in a salad.
Go ahead, dig in.
Red Grapes with Walnuts and Blue Cheese
Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 as a side dish
- 2 cups Red California Seedless Grapes, halved
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- ½ cup reduced-fat blue cheese, crumbled
- 3 Tbs pea shoots, chopped
- 1 tablespoon citrus champagne vinegar (or just champagne or white wine vinegar if you can’t find the citrus)
- 1 tablespoon good quality extra virgin oil
Combine grapes, blue cheese, walnuts and pea shoots. Drizzle with vinegar and evoo. Toss gently and serve.
Check out these other great California Grape recipes by Recipe ReDux members and Fall in Love with Grapes!