This collection contains over 30 recipes from Waldorf salad spinoffs to roasted grapes with chicken to homemade concord grape juice. Perfect when grapes are in season this autumn.
The original salad was invented at the New York City Waldorf Astoria hotel by Oscar Tshirky in 1893 (you can even get his cookbook for fun). The original recipe included only apples, celery, mayonnaise, and lettuce. It has since evolved, even by chefs within the Waldorf, to usually include grapes and nuts.
Here are several versions with grapes that are perfect for fall:
Other grape salads
When adding grapes to a salad, cut them in half so they are easier to get on a fork, or try using small champagne grapes for a fun, seasonal twist.
Much like the Waldorf salad, chicken salad has a lot of variations. Try these 3 different chicken salad sandwiches with grapes - one has capers, another is vegetarian, and the third adds feta and whole grains.
Chicken, pork, and steak
Roasting grapes tames their typical bright flavor and consistency, turning them into tender, caramelized sweetness. You can roast ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days, or roast them with whatever meat you are cooking.
Pair with sweet potatoes
Grapes pair well with sweet potatoes, especially when roasted and drizzled with a little honey.
These recipes all use Concord grapes because they have that classic grape flavor. Just remember they are full of seeds so you'll likely want to strain the seeds out.
No grape dessert recipe collection would be complete without a grape salad. If you're willing to stray (just slightly) from the classic, the version I share here has candied pecans and a slightly lighter creamy dressing.
For interesting takes on a dessert, look for muscat grapes for a dessert-wine flavor, or cotton candy grapes. The cotton candy ones taste much sweeter, so consider mixing them in with another variety instead of using only that type.