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15 Ways to Use Grapes (Recipes)

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15 Ways to Use Grapes (Recipes)

 

Grapes have long had an essential place on dinner tables across the globe, but they’re usually found in our glasses, not on our plates. And that’s a shame, because the fruit is a wonderful, versatile ingredient that has a place in any kitchen. From Spanish soups to easy desserts, click through to check out some great ways to use grapes.

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1. Ajo Blanco – White Garlic Soup

Add a little Spanish flare to your next dinner party.

Ingredients:

Soup:

  • 10 Cups 1 1/4-inch cubes peeled English cucumbers
  • 4 1/2 Cups green grapes, stemmed
  • 3 Cups 1-inch cubes crustless sourdough bread
  • 1 1/3 Cups slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 1/3 Cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 Cup Sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup champagne vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons almond oil (optional)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon honey

Garnish:

  • 1/2 Cup 1/4-inch cubes crustless sourdough bread
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • Coarse salt
  • 16 Green grapes, halved
  • 16 Red grapes, halved
  • 1/2 Cup 1/4-inch cubes English hothouse cucumber, unpeeled
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 Tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, add cucumbers, grapes, bread, almonds and garlic. Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoon salt to toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered for 12-24 hours, so the flavors can meld.
2. Place cucumber-grape mixture, including any accumulated juices in a blender or food processor, and puree until the mixture is very smooth. Transfer to a fine-mesh sieve placed in a large bowl and strain. Add yogurt, oils, vinegars, and honey vigorously whisking to combine. Return to the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, season with salt and toss to coat. Bake croutons for 7-8 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
4. When serving, transfer to soup bowls and season with salt to taste. Divide sliced grapes, cucumber, chives, almonds and croutons among soup bowl. Finish by drizzling a little oil.

Recipe Credit: Bon Appetit.

More Grape Recipes:
2. Grape Focaccia
3. Roasted Grapes, Farro and Greens Salad
4. Green Grape Margarita

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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1:32PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Thank you, Terre! I've never heard of roasting grapes. I really must try.

1:13PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

I love grapes frozen, as Kamia mentions. Also, grapes are terrific roasted with potatoes and carrots! Organic grapes, always. I really miss them when they're out of season, but grapes are one of the fruits they spray heavily with pesticides.

12:49PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

I prefer my grapes frozen. Take them out and pop in your mouth. What a treat! I do like letting them also turn into raisins and adding them almost any type of salad. The combo of the sweet against the savory is quite enjoyable.

12:26PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Thank you :)

5:54AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

No thanks, I'll eat mine raw.

3:30AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Healthy treat

5:09AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Lovely !

9:35PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Well, I'm just coming from another Care2 article called "5 Food Combinations to Avoid" The foods suggested in "15 Ways to Use Grapes" is not congruent with that article at all ... I guess, I'm not the only one failing the combination deal. Ha!

1:09AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

thank you!

2:50AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Thanks

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