I have to admit, I buy small mountains of organic grapes with the intent to slowly snack on them, little by little. The reality is that more often than not, they’re gone the same day! I have a serious case of grape expectations, you might say. Can you blame me? These juicy, burst-y fruits are incredibly refreshing, especially when they’re organic and super fresh! We’re celebrating Organic Harvest Month by appreciating the hard work that organic farmers put into their produce. Farming organically makes for well-balanced soil, which makes for strong healthy plants…and some mighty delicious fruit! Want to fulfill some grape expectations of your own? Here are a few recipes and ideas that are worthy of juicy and delicious organic grapes:
- Green, red and dark purple grapes are a classic accompaniment to a cheese plate, like this recipe for a Wine and Cheese Plate with Honeyed Walnuts and Fruit for party success or compose mini cheese plates for individual snacks or quick meals.
- Frozen whole grapes are a crunchy, sweet yet sensible treat for the whole family, but did you know they’re also great in smoothies? Try these Double Grape Slushies for a kid-friendly snack idea.
- For quick and easy breakfasts on the go, try toasting bagels or bread, spreading almond or peanut butter and topping with sliced grapes like this recipe for Peanut Butter Toast with Grapes. Change it up with tortillas, cream cheese and bananas and you’ve got the mornings covered!
- Next time you’re making pork chops or salmon, try adding grapes and onions like this recipe for Roasted Salmon and Grapes. Cooking concentrates the natural sweetness of the grapes and complements the rich flavors in meat.
- Seafood and chicken salads leap to the next level when you add grapes in the mix! Try these recipes for Chicken and Grape Salad, Sonoma Chicken Salad and Shrimp and Grape Salad.
- Grapes are a tasty addition to cooked whole grains and pilafs, like this recipe for Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Grapes and Almonds.
- Balance the salty, tangy feta with sweet grapes for a salad full of flavor, like this Salad with Red Grapes and Feta.
- If you haven’t tried baking grapes, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this Grape Harvest Cake, a delicious dessert, brunch or tea sweet.
- Intense, earthy blue cheeses pair well with grapes in these recipes for Port-Glazed Stilton Grapes and Blue Cheese and Walnut Dusted Grapes.