Super sweet, extra-large and unbelievably juicy — there’s a reason why Holiday® Grapes are known for being pops of perfection. While grapes are tasty all on their own, they’re also a versatile ingredient for any number of delicious fall and winter recipes (which is perfect since Columbine® Vineyards’ grapes are in season from September through December). Add these 10 easy recipes – all starring Holiday grapes – to your meal planning repertoire while they’re still available. From appetizers for your next neighborhood potluck or Thanksgiving meal, to a simple jam that’ll make weekday breakfasts feel like weekend brunch, you’ll love these dishes.
Appetizers & Hors D’Oeuvres
Tip: This combo is just as tasty as a sandwich, too. Slice the grapes to get juicy sweetness in every bite. Serve on a crusty sourdough and add pickled shallots or red onion and a drizzle of balsamic for some sweet acidity.
Tip: Pair those roasted grapes and rosemary with roasted veggies like fennel, shallots, parsnips and carrots, plus herb-and-garlic roasted chicken. Serve with the whipped ricotta and the baguette slices. (We recently shared this hack in a newsletter, and it was a big hit!)
Tip: Take these to your next cool weather picnic, or turn it into pasta salad. Start with whole-wheat penne, cooked to al dente and rinsed with cool water. Add the grapes and mozzarella balls (sliced or quartered) and other ingredients, and then finish with the aged balsamic and olive oil.
Tip: The Holiday Grapes Spiced Jam makes a wonderful gift for a party host, while the Candied Grapes and Roasted Holiday Grapes are an easy contribution to any gathering.
Tip: There’s no need to save this platter for a special occasion. Since the ingredients are plant-based, you can serve a scaled-down version any night of the week.
Salads & Main Dishes
Tip: Did you know that you can massage cabbage the same way you do kale? It helps take the pungent “bite” out of the cabbage, and turns this salad into a slaw that holds up well in the fridge for a few days. (Add the zucchini and arugula right before serving.)
Tip: This recipe is packed full of hints to change it up based on what you have on hand. It’s the perfect dish for weekly meal prep or a quick dinner.
Sweets, Sips & Desserts
Tip: This juice is delightful as the basis for a non-alcoholic sangria! Start with 2 cups of the juice, then add 1 cup each of cranberry and orange juices. Squeeze in half a lemon. Then add your fruit: halved Holiday grapes, fresh orange slices and fresh lime or lemon slices.
Tip: This jam freezes beautifully, to bring the juicy deliciousness of Holiday grapes to your PBJs or morning toast all year long.
Tip: In addition to being a fun activity to try with kids, this recipe is another fun way to preserve Holiday grapes. Dip the grapes in chocolate and freeze for up to three months in a sealed container (if they last that long!).