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recipe for grape salad with avocado and cojita cheese in a white bowl
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Easy Recipe for Grape Salad

This refreshing recipe for grape salad brings sweet and savory together to create the perfect side dish! With a bit of added kick from the addition of jalapeño peppers and creaminess from the avocado and cojita cheese, the sweetness of the grapes are nicely balanced.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 162.4kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Dressing:

Salad:

  • 3 cups red seedless grapes halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado cubed
  • ¼ cup roasted and salted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup crumbled Cotija cheese optional

Instructions

To prepare the dressing:

  • Whisk together the oil, lime juice, honey, and salt in a large bowl.

To prepare the salad:

  • Stir the grapes, cilantro, jalapeño, and green onions into the dressing. Add the avocado and stir again lightly. Sprinkle the top with the pumpkin seeds and cheese, if desired.

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Notes

    Recipe Variations
    • Use Different Grapes: Any seedless grape works well in this salad. You could also change it up a bit and opt for a green grape. Green grapes are more tangy than sweet. So keep that in mind when you are preparing your grape salad.
    • Add fresh herbs: Adding fresh herbs is a wonderful idea. Not only do herbs give you more flavor, but they are also vibrant and beautiful. I used fresh cilantro for this recipe because it pairs well with the other ingredients. However, you can easily swap it or use it with any other fresh herb. I suggest parsley, chives, or mint. 
    • Skip the jalapeño: If you’re not into spice, skip the jalapeño. You’ll still have a bright and flavorful salad.
    • Add Nuts: This grape salad recipe uses pumpkin seeds, but walnuts or pecans would also taste great in this salad.
    Top Tips For Making This Recipe For Grape Salad
    • Wash and dry your grapes well so they don't make the salad too watery.
    • Cut the grapes in half before preparing the salad. This is a vital step because if you are serving it to children especially it can be a choking hazard. Plus, it’s just easier to eat when the grapes are in half. 
    • You can easily customize the salad by adding or omitting some of the ingredients. For example, if you aren’t a fan of Cojita cheese, you could swap it for feta, goat, or leave it off all together. 
    • Mincing the jalapeño will help spread the heat throughout the salad and not be too overwhelming. 
    • Don't make this grape salad recipe ahead of time - it tastes the best when it's freshly tossed!
    Adapted from Heather K. Jones

    Nutrition

    Calories: 162.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.3g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 9.7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4.2mg | Sodium: 149.4mg | Potassium: 315.9mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 13.5g