More than just a quick snack, grapes are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and are a quick and tasty addition to salads, sandwiches, pizza, and more.
Superfood: GrapesGrapes are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamin A, C, B6, and folate. Not only do grapes add flavor and texture to a recipe, they also help to prevent heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Some say the reason heart disease is lower in France is due to the amount of red wine they drink, also known as the French Paradox. Since grapes are mostly sugar and water, they’re a versatile and sweet fruit. So go ahead and roast, sauté, or chop grapes and incorporate them into your next meal or just enjoy them as a simple snack.
Roasted Grape and Mascarpone Cheese PieMascarpone cheese topped with grapes and brushed with red currant jam gives a new meaning to the classic combination of cheese and grapes. You can boost your immune system while satisfying your sweet tooth by first roasting the grapes in this delicious pie recipe. Red grapes protect against viruses and infections, which makes this dessert that much sweeter.
Spring Salad with Grapes and Pistachio-Crusted Goat CheeseFor the ultimate salad, pair grapes with another superfood—pistachios. Pistachios provide fiber and are a heart-healthy nut. Roll goat cheese balls in this chopped nut for a delicious and nutritious salad topper. Not only will you be getting a ton of vitamins, you’ll have an easy salad that tastes as gourmet as it looks.
Plank-Grilled Salmon with Grape Relish
Salmon is another superfood that is a great source of protein and omega-3 fats and may prevent certain types of cancer as well as reduce the risk of heart disease. Sauté grapes with olives, leek, and shallots to create a relish for the fish that adds color and nutrients to the plate. To complete your dinner, pair with a glass of pinot noir that balances the sweetness of the grapes and briny flavor of the olives.
Slow-Roasted Grape and Yogurt Parfaits
This parfait is the perfect way to start the morning. The slow-roasted grapes are soft and sweet and pair well with honey and Greek yogurt. Yogurt is full of calcium and protein to give your immune system a boost. As if this beautiful breakfast dish didn’t have enough redeeming qualities, the chopped walnuts on top add crunch, protein, and a dose of healthy fat.
Chicken, Red Grape, and Pesto PizzaGrapes make an ideal salad topping, but what about on pizza...? This surprising addition is a sweet contrast to the tangy Romano cheese, herby pesto, and juicy chicken. Grapes are said to slow the aging process, so here is a case where eating another slice of pizza definitely has its benefits.
Sautéed Grape Napoleons with Port ReductionFor this sweet dessert recipe, we’ve included both red and green grapes. Green grapes are also low in calories and add vitamins C and K. With all of these added benefits, how can you not indulge in this dessert? We love the combination of the sautéed grapes and creamy cheese in between layers of crispy phyllo.
Red Grape & Tuna Salad PitaTuna is a rich source of metabolism-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Add that to the healthy fat in the almonds and you've doubled the boost to your metabolism. The grapes are also a great addition to this tuna salad making it an ideal choice for lunch.
Almond-Buttermilk Hotcakes with Blackberry-Grape SauceThe blackberry-grape sauce drizzled on these hotcakes offers sources of antioxidants that may protect against cancer and improve mental function. This is the way breakfast should be—sweet and healthy.
Brie Tartlets With Grape RelishTake another cue from the French by using Brie as the filling in these tartlets. Grapes make an excellent topper, adding color and an elegant touch to the hors d’oeuvre. Guests will love the creative use of this fruit, as well as the added vitamins and minerals.
Campanelle With Roasted Grapes and FetaLiven up this pasta dish by tossing in roasted grapes and feta. Not only will you have a filling meal, the grapes will help with indigestion and fatigue. Double the health benefits of grapes by using white wine in the simple pasta sauce.
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