The Case for Cooking More With Grapes

This charming fruit adds a pop of sweetness to all sorts of dishes, so why don't we use it more often?

Dot everything with this little fruit to give your dishes a pop of sweetnes. Fresh green grapes can also add a layer of acidity to dishes and can help cut through the richness of more savory dishes. Grape recipes are seldom used, but the fresh berries make a great vinaigrette that strong enough to cut through the funk of blue cheese. In Asia, grape recipes are widely featured after meals in fruit salads and desserts. Tart vinegary grape verjus cuts through game like no other. Whatever your dish calls for, we rounded up our best grape recipes for you to try:

Blue Cheese, Grape, and Gem Lettuce Salad

Blue Cheese, Grape, and Gem Lettuce Salad
Anders Schonnemann

Sweetly acidic green grapes off-set the funk of creamy Danish blue cheese in this seasonal salad tossed together with a creamy cider vinegar–walnut dressing. Get the recipe for Blue Cheese, Grape, and Gem Lettuce Salad »

Marwari Masala-Spiced Fruit Chutney (Sonth)
Ariana Lindquist

Bananas and grapes are sweetened with jaggery—lump cane sugar—and seasoned with black pepper and sulphurous volcanic black salt in this spiced fruit chutney from the north of India. The Gupta family, Marwari Hindus from Mathura who are strict vegetarians, like to make it to go alongside dal, semolina breads, and vegetable masalas. Get the recipe for Marwari Masala-Spiced Fruit Chutney (Sonth) »

Turnip Salad with Green Grape Vinaigrette

Turnip Salad with Green Grape Vinaigrette
William Hereford

Ideally, you want unripe green wine grapes for this recipe by cookbook author Amy Thielen, but grocery store green grapes will also work. The caramel-coated pumpkin seeds lend a bittersweet crunch to the bright, crisp turnips and peppery arugula. Get the recipe for Turnip Salad with Green Grape Vinaigrette »

Concord Grape Granita
Paul Sirisalee | Food Styling: Eugene Jho

This slushy frozen treat is a throwback to days of snow cones past, in the best way possible. Super-grapey Concord grapes, plus a splash of verjus (a tart vinegar-like grape juice), lend a sweet, tart, fresh, grown-up spin on the childhood favorite. Get the recipe for Concord Grape Granita »

Abruzzo-Style Grape Focaccia

Abruzzo-Style Grape Focaccia

Romulo Yanes

When this fluffy, oil-slathered dough bakes, the red and green grapes dotting it burst, releasing their sweet juices into the bread. Get the recipe for Abruzzo-Style Grape Focaccia »

Concord Grape Pie

Concord Grape Pie

Helen Rosner

This sweet grape pie recipe comes from the so-called Grape Pie Queen of Naples, New York, Irene Bouchard. Get the recipe for Concord Grape Pie »

Almond and Garlic Soup (Ajo Blanco)

Almond and Garlic Soup (Ajo Blanco)
Romulo Yanes

Pungent raw garlic shines in this no-cook soup. Fresh grapes are a traditional garnish for this dish which adds a touch of sweetness. Get the recipe for Almond and Garlic Soup (Ajo Blanco) »

Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria
Todd Coleman

This version of a Spanish sangria is ripe with summer fruit; its light, crisp flavors complement seafood and poultry. Grapes add a sweet, acidic layer to this drink. Get the recipe for Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria

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