Grapes are the perfect snack, but they can be so much more! Unlock their potential to jazz up appetizers, salads, main dishes, and desserts, too.
In Season: Most supermarkets carry them year-round, but peak growing season in North America is July to December.
What to Look For: Grapes should be plump, with smooth unbroken skins, and be firmly attached to the stems. The green ones are at their sweetest when they have a pale-yellow hue. Often, grapes are covered with a whitish "bloom," which is a natural protection against loss of moisture and spoilage.
How to Store: Discard damaged grapes, place bunch in a plastic bag, and refrigerate up to three days. To avoid destroying the bloom, rinse just before using.
Grape, Celery, and Couscous Salad
If you're tired of the same old side dishes, shake things up with this easy-but-extraordinary combination of chewy Israeli couscous; crunchy celery; and sweet, juicy grapes.
No-Churn Grape Sorbet
Make this light and refreshing, dairy-free frozen treat. You don't even need an ice cream maker for this easy recipe.
Panna Cotta with Roasted Grapes
The heat of the oven intensifies the sweetness of the grapes that top this brown-sugar-buttermilk panna cotta.
Roasted Grape and Burrata Crostini
Red and green grapes roasted with aromatic rosemary adorn crunchy crostini along with burrata cheese, a buttery-tasting blend of mozzarella and cream.
Grape Pico de Gallo
Try something different for taco night, go with this salsa spin on pico de gallo.
Making these fresh grape gelatin desserts from scratch is easy and takes only minutes. This is a fun treat that kids and grown-ups will love.
Green Fruit Bowl with Frozen Grapes
Icy grapes, apple, kiwi, and melon make up a fruit-based take on "green" salad. A lemon-thyme dressing brings the flavors together.
Olive Oil Cake with Red Grapes
Viva Italia! This grape-studded cake, which is traditionally made to celebrate the beginning of the fruit harvest, is a sweet yet understated way to finish the meal.
Chicken and Grape Salad
Supermarket rotisserie chicken comes together with sweet grapes and savory bacon in a fast, fresh dinner.
Concord Grape Jam Tart
Richly aromatic Concord grapes make a unique, brilliant-purple filling for this pie. The grape cutouts on the top crust make for an impressive presentation, and they are surprisingly easy to make.
Red and green grapes nestle inside individual puff-pastry shells to create sweet, flaky tarts.
Pork Medallions with Parsnips and Grapes
This quick recipe is ideal for a solo dinner at home. Thinly sliced pork tenderloin cooks up in just minutes. The side dish is prepared in the same pan. If you're cooking for two, just double the recipe.
Grapes and deeply fragrant elderflower mingle in a vibrant drink worthy of celebration. Musky-sweet fresh Concord grapes are available only in September and October, which makes them perfect for a fall celebration.
Partially dried grapes are beautiful and delicious. Add this to your next cheese plate to shock your guests.
Almond-Grape Tea Cake
Halved grapes make a colorful pattern atop this buttery, lemon-scented loaf cake.
Farro Salad with Oven-Roasted Grapes and Autumn Greens
Chewy farro -- an Italian whole grain -- is tossed with mixed greens in this colorful salad. It's flavored by two kinds of grapes that have been baked in a low oven to concentrate their sweetness and release their juices.
Pistachio Brown-Butter Cake with Concord Grapes
Wild Rice Pilaf with Rosemary and Red Grapes
This pilaf of wild rice and fresh rosemary and parsley gets a boost from juicy red grapes. This can be a make-ahead side dish -- simply add grapes and parsley after reheating.
Fresh blueberries and red grapes are seasoned with ginger, rosemary, and red-wine vinegar. Spread this relish on toasts topped with goat cheese or chicken, stir into yogurt or cottage cheese, spoon over roast chicken or pork, or layer on turkey sandwiches.
Concord Grape Sorbet
This homemade sorbet gets its intense purple hue from Concord grapes. The longer you process it in the ice-cream maker, the lighter and fluffier your final product will be.
Grapes with Sour Cream and Brown Sugar
Seedless red grapes, sour cream, and brown sugar combine to make an elegant and easy dessert that's ready in minutes. We used red grapes, but green grapes can be substituted or used in addition.
Fresh Kiwi-Grape Juice
Kiwis, green grapes, and Granny Smith apples make a refreshing sweet-tart green juice. Start the day off right with this vitamin-packed beverage.
A hearty, lightly sweetened oat crust supports rich vanilla pastry cream and fresh red and green grapes in this unique fall dessert. Create a pattern on top of the tart with the different colors of grapes.
Apple, Endive, and Grape Salad
Green grapes, Fuji apples, Belgian endive, and toasted pecans are tossed with a creamy buttermilk-sour-cream dressing. Serve this crisp autumn salad with roast chicken or alongside a sandwich.
Roasted Cornish Hen and Grapes
Cornish game hens roasted with red and green grapes, shallots, and thyme make an easy, impressive main course. If you like, you can easily substitute four bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (ten to twelve ounces each) for the Cornish hens in this recipe.