Pickled Grape Salad


Pickled Grape Salad

Pickled Grape Salad

Ensalada de Uva con Comino

Recipe Yield

4 to 6 servings

Cooking time

10 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.50 from 8 votes


  • 2 cups Cotton Candy grapes or green seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 serrano chile halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds toasted and crushed
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 rib celery sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves roughly chopped

To Prepare

  • In a medium bowl, toss the grapes with the serrano, lime and orange juices and zests, cumin, red onion, celery, salt and olive oil and toss until fully coated. Add the cilantro and mint and toss to incorporate.


72comments inPickled Grape Salad

  1. skla

    Mar 11

    AHmazing!!! I’ve made it for potlucks at work and EVERYONE, yes, E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E on the 20+ member team loved it. Now, it’s a must that I bring it to every potluck, even though I sent them a link to the recipe. A couple of people just tried to barter for it yesterday (if make it for them, they’d give me a birria plate from my favorite place, and the other for home-made tamales).

    I had initially left out the mint and celery because I had forgotten to buy them. It still tasted so good that I just continued to make it that way. I change up the grapes depending on availability but I always like to include black ones.

    I love this recipe because the flavors are so unique – sweet and salty with a little kick from the serrano and freshness from the citrus…and the cumin adds depth and complexity. The dressing truly exemplifies the saying ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. All the ingredients come together and create magic.

    Thank you, Pati.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 13

      So glad you and your colleagues enjoy this salad so much, yay!

  2. Liz

    Mar 06

    Made this and served as a side to chicken tikka masala….flavors went together beautifully. Will be making this again and again. Love love it

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 13

      Wow, I would have never thought of that combination, but sounds delicious Liz!

  3. Barbara

    Nov 26

    I enjoyed the salad tremendously though I am not fond of grapes. It’s simply delicious

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      So glad you liked it Barbara!

  4. Anonymous

    Jun 25

    Esta ensalada se ve espectacular!!
    La voy a preparar!!! Muchas gracias por compartir ☺️☺️☺️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 11

      Platicame si te gusto!

  5. Ana

    Jun 19

    Lots of flavors, all blended together beautifully. So refreshing. Thank you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 23

      Agree! Very refreshing Ana, un abrazo!

  6. Deb

    May 01

    This is delicious! It’s too bad the name is so misleading though. I almost overlooked the recipe because I assumed it would be vinegar-y. In my opinion it’s nothing at all like pickled anything! As I said, it’s really wonderful— you should try it…

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 15

      So glad you liked this salad Deb and thanks so much for your comment 😉

  7. Diane

    Apr 30

    This recipe was delicious! It had a unique blend of spices and was full and rich.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 07

      So happy you liked it Diane, it is one of my favorites 😉

  8. jules

    Apr 08

    i have tried many of your recipes but this is a HUGE winner! those cotton candy grapes are so good! thank you Pati, and your son, for making this terrific salad recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 12

      So glad you liked it Jules, un abrazo!

  9. Elsie

    Jan 29

    Have made it several times and served it to different people. Everyone loved it. Different and refreshing.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 08

      Thanks for the feedback Elsie, I love this combination!

  10. Tiffany

    Nov 06

    This is my very favorite recipe in the world! I make this 2-3 times a week as our diet consists of a lot of pork!

    It’s hard to find great recipes like this!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 04

      So glad you like it Tiffany, gracias!

  11. Irma

    Oct 22

    Hello Pati! I made this salad and everyone loved it with tilapia, so refreshing. Grapes are one of my favorite fruits and I love the idea of using them in another application other than just snacking on them. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes. Irma G

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 04

      Glad you liked this super fresh and different salad Irma, yay!!

  12. Renee

    Oct 15

    Best salad ever!
    It took me a while to track down Cotton Candy grapes, but now that I have, I am addicted to the flavours in this salad! Such a great combination, the cumin seeds really add a special touch. I love cumin in all its forms, but would never have thought to add it to a grape salad!!
    Thank you so much for this recipe, Patti!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 08

      So glad you liked this salad Renee, it is one of my favorites because it is tasty and refreshing 🙂

  13. Terry Smith

    Oct 11

    Hola Pati,
    Change the grapes to red and served it over grilled steak, muy buno. Terry

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 12

      Yum, so glad you liked it!

  14. Debra Galassi

    Jun 29

    This looks delicious Pati! I’m going to make it tonight. Thank you for sharing your unique recipes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 03

      My pleasure! Enjoy the salad Debra 😉


    Jun 18

    I added a can of garbanzo beans to this already wonderful salad recipe. Yummy!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 20

      Great idea, glad you liked it Tracy!

  16. Barbara

    May 05

    Oh, my goodness! This was so good. A couple of folks were wondering what this would taste like, but, we’re quickly converted. Our new favorite salad!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Yay! It is an awesome combination of ingredients, right? So glad you guys liked it 😉

  17. Paty

    May 02

    Delicioso todo!!gracias🌹👍❤

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Que bueno que te gusto, un abrazo Paty!

  18. Kay Binder

    May 01

    Just loved the grape salad. It is great to accompany a hot or spicy dish. It will be a repeater.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 07

      Yay! Glad you liked it Kay 🙂

  19. A.Elaine Eagles

    May 01

    I really like the idea of a grape salad, lm going to make it.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Hope you liked it!

  20. Anonymous

    Apr 13

    New family favorite! Thank you 😊

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 25

      Yay, my pleasure!

  21. Asha

    Apr 12

    This was delicious, my mother affectionately calls this “Mexican Chaat” and said the flavor are akin to the Desi street snack found in the Indian Subcontinent . It has that same salty,sweet, sour taste filled with earthy spices and fresh herb minus yoghurt component.

    An amazing recipe! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 30

      Thanks so much Asha, so glad you and your Mom enjoyed this salad, yay!

  22. Stacie

    Apr 09

    Made this for my family as a side! this will now be a staple!! absolutely delish ❤

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Yay! Thank you Stacey, love to all 🙂

  23. Anonymous

    Mar 31

    Delicious! Delicioso!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 05

      SO glad you liked it, yay!! 🙂

  24. julio y norma garcia

    Mar 28

    Felicidades por todo!!!!!! tus recetas son una delicia ver y hacer!!!! quiero comprar tu libro , cual es el link para comprarlo!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Hola Julio y Norma, mil gracias por sus palabras. Aqui esta el enlace para comprar los libros, de hecho ya pueden pre ordenar el nuevo que sale el 26 de Octubre, un abrazo! http://patijinich.com/cookbook/

  25. Roger M

    Mar 27

    Pati, like Julia Child, admits she doesn’t always get it right, but keeps on trying. How refreshing. And this combination of flavors in the Pickled Grape Salad is so surprising and creative!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Thanks for the kind words Roger, so glad you liked this salad 😉

  26. Alma Cardenas

    Mar 07

    It looks delicious!!! I have to try it!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Hope you’ll like it Alma 😉

  27. Anonymous

    Feb 17

    I love this recipe! It’s so fresh and just the right heat! Delicious

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 20

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it 😉

  28. Divina

    Jan 29

    My brother and his partner watched this episode and requested that I make your recipe. This is a delightful salad and it really went will with the Chili Rubbed Pork Chops. Paired the meal with Brazilian Cheese Bread and a smooth Malbec. So delicious! Thank you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Yum Divina, sound delicious! Greetings to you guys!

  29. Irene Ruiz

    Jan 16

    Love your recipes your boys remind me of my grandson he loves to eat and hot stuff too

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 16

      Thanks so much Irene, un abrazo to both of you!

  30. Sharon

    Jan 10

    My daughter/son-in-law are vegan. Any suggestions on accompany dish?

    1. Suzanne M

      Mar 13

      For a vegan version, you could use extra firm tofu (drained on paper towels in the fridge) with the chile rub and grill it a short time. You could also add a rinsed can of chickpeas or beans to the grape salad and make a stir fry with fresh veggies using the chile rub seasonings. Or add the beans to the stir fry. Just reduce salt if the canned vegs have salt added.

  31. Geri

    Jan 09

    Just saw your show with this recipe and going to make ot with the pork chops tonight. Yum. Thanks Pati!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 10

      Yay, thanks so much Geri, hope you enjoy them 😉

  32. Gina Zanussi

    Jan 02

    Hi Pati, can I make this the night before I serve it or is same day best?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 05

      You can try Gina, but I prefer it fresh to be honest. Enjoy!

  33. Roxie

    Dec 31

    I’m making this salad to go with your pork chop recipe. I was thinking that this would be great with a cucumber instead of the grapes. Or instead of lime and orange – use Rangpur limes (they are a cross between a lime and tangerine). We love your show. I especially loved your recent time in the Sonoran desert – I used to live in Tucson and in Sells – it brought back lots of memories. Can’t wait to travel again!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      Thanks for the input Roxie, all great ideas. So glad to read you enjoyed the last season of the show, thanks for tuning in 😉

  34. WAW

    Dec 14

    I made the chuletas de puerco con chile and the grape salad. Really quite elegant. But It needed something on the side. Not really a “rice and beans” kind of meal. Any suggestions?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      I would love to make this potato cazuela to go with your menu, hope you like it! http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/mashed-potato-cazuela/

  35. HJ

    Dec 12

    Pati, what can I serve this salad with? Thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Well, I served it with this chile rubbed pork chop http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/chile-rubbed-pork-chop/ but you can do it with a chicken milanesa like this one http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/dressed-up-chicken-milanesa/ or with some fish like this http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/tikin-xic/ Enjoy!

  36. EA

    Oct 13

    I just made this last night with the pecan chicken and it was so good I’m going to make it again tomorrow. Maybe serve it over some butter lettuce this time. So so good.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      Perfect combo, yay!

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