Pickled Grape Salad
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- 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
- 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.
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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.
So glad you and your colleagues enjoy this salad so much, yay!
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
Wow, I would have never thought of that combination, but sounds delicious Liz!
I enjoyed the salad tremendously though I am not fond of grapes. It’s simply delicious
So glad you liked it Barbara!
Esta ensalada se ve espectacular!!
La voy a preparar!!! Muchas gracias por compartir ☺️☺️☺️
Platicame si te gusto!
Lots of flavors, all blended together beautifully. So refreshing. Thank you.
Agree! Very refreshing Ana, un abrazo!
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…
So glad you liked this salad Deb and thanks so much for your comment 😉
This recipe was delicious! It had a unique blend of spices and was full and rich.
So happy you liked it Diane, it is one of my favorites 😉
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.
So glad you liked it Jules, un abrazo!
Have made it several times and served it to different people. Everyone loved it. Different and refreshing.
Thanks for the feedback Elsie, I love this combination!
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!
So glad you like it Tiffany, gracias!
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
Glad you liked this super fresh and different salad Irma, yay!!
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!
So glad you liked this salad Renee, it is one of my favorites because it is tasty and refreshing 🙂
Change the grapes to red and served it over grilled steak, muy buno. Terry
Yum, so glad you liked it!
This looks delicious Pati! I’m going to make it tonight. Thank you for sharing your unique recipes.
My pleasure! Enjoy the salad Debra 😉
I added a can of garbanzo beans to this already wonderful salad recipe. Yummy!
Great idea, glad you liked it Tracy!
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!
Yay! It is an awesome combination of ingredients, right? So glad you guys liked it 😉
Que bueno que te gusto, un abrazo Paty!
Just loved the grape salad. It is great to accompany a hot or spicy dish. It will be a repeater.
Yay! Glad you liked it Kay 🙂
I really like the idea of a grape salad, lm going to make it.
Hope you liked it!
New family favorite! Thank you 😊
Yay, my pleasure!
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!
Thanks so much Asha, so glad you and your Mom enjoyed this salad, yay!
Made this for my family as a side! this will now be a staple!! absolutely delish ❤
Yay! Thank you Stacey, love to all 🙂
SO glad you liked it, yay!! 🙂
julio y norma garcia
Felicidades por todo!!!!!! tus recetas son una delicia ver y hacer!!!! quiero comprar tu libro , cual es el link para comprarlo!!
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! https://patijinich.com/cookbook/
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!
Thanks for the kind words Roger, so glad you liked this salad 😉
It looks delicious!!! I have to try it!!!
Hope you’ll like it Alma 😉
I love this recipe! It’s so fresh and just the right heat! Delicious
Yay! So glad you enjoyed it 😉
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.
Yum Divina, sound delicious! Greetings to you guys!
Love your recipes your boys remind me of my grandson he loves to eat and hot stuff too
Thanks so much Irene, un abrazo to both of you!
My daughter/son-in-law are vegan. Any suggestions on accompany dish?
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.
Just saw your show with this recipe and going to make ot with the pork chops tonight. Yum. Thanks Pati!!!
Yay, thanks so much Geri, hope you enjoy them 😉
Hi Pati, can I make this the night before I serve it or is same day best?
You can try Gina, but I prefer it fresh to be honest. Enjoy!
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!!
Thanks for the input Roxie, all great ideas. So glad to read you enjoyed the last season of the show, thanks for tuning in 😉
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?
I would love to make this potato cazuela to go with your menu, hope you like it! https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/mashed-potato-cazuela/
Pati, what can I serve this salad with? Thank you!
Well, I served it with this chile rubbed pork chop https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/chile-rubbed-pork-chop/ but you can do it with a chicken milanesa like this one https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/dressed-up-chicken-milanesa/ or with some fish like this https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/tikin-xic/ Enjoy!
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.
Perfect combo, yay!