Light, refreshing flavors are the perfect solution for a summer meal. As temperatures heat up, take your summer entertaining to the next level with a secret ingredient that is as pretty as it is tasty.
Alone or in a recipe, grapes from California are a deliciously healthy way to bring refresh- ing flavor to the summertime table. Delightful as a cool snack, grapes are also a great choice for your entertaining menu because they pair well with so many other ingredients.
You may be surprised by all of the com- binations of flavors and textures you can achieve, from main dishes to sides and even desserts. Impress your guests with this mouthwatering lineup featuring grapes that includes a grilled flank steak, an extra fresh classic salad and an unexpectedly sweet but savory sorbet.
Find more refreshing recipes for summer entertaining at GrapesfromCalifornia.com.
Grape and Spinach Salad with
Raspberry Balsamic Dressing
8 cups fresh baby spinach, washed
4 1/2 cups California grapes
1 1/4 cups mandarin orange segments (drained,
if using canned)
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
3/4 cup bottled light balsamic vinegar and
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons raspberry jam
3/4 cup crunchy chow mein noodles
Place spinach in large salad bowl. Top with grapes,
oranges and onion.
Whisk together dressing, orange juice and jam.
Pour over salad and toss until greens are coated with
dressing. Top with crunchy noodles.
Serving suggestion: Add noodles just before serving
to maintain crunchy texture.
Nutritional information per serving: 166 calories;
3 g protein; 32 g carbohydrates; 4 g fat (22% calories
from fat); .71 g saturated fat (4% calories from satu-
rated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 350 mg sodium; 3 g fiber.
Grilled Flank Steak with Grapes and Stilton
1 flank steak (2 pounds)
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 bunches (8 cups) watercress,
1/2 cup crumbled Stilton or other
2 cups red California grapes,
Heat grill to high and oil grates.
Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper.
In small blender or food processor, com-
bine vinegar, shallot, mustard and olive oil to
make dressing. Season with salt and pepper,
and puree until smooth.
Grill steak until it reaches 130 F for mediumrare, about 6-7 minutes per side. Transfer to
cutting board and let rest 5 minutes.
In large bowl, combine watercress, salt,
pepper and enough dressing to coat. Thinly
slice steak across the grain and transfer to
platter. Top with watercress, Stilton and
grapes, and serve with additional dressing.
Nutritional information per serving:
376 calories; 29 g protein; 10 g carbohy-
drates; 24 g fat (57% calories from fat); 8.5 g
saturated fat (20% calories from saturated
fat); 73 mg cholesterol; 299 mg sodium;
.8 g fiber.
Savory Black Grape Sorbet
1 1/2 pounds (4 cups) black
grapes, washed and
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vodka
2 tablespoons lemon juice
8 large basil leaves
pinch of salt
In food processor or blender, puree
grapes and sugar until smooth. Pour
into small saucepan and bring to boil
over high heat. Reduce heat to a
simmer and cook until mixture has
reduced by about one-third, about
15 minutes. Stir in vodka, lemon
juice, basil and salt then let cool to
Pour mixture into shallow pan
and freeze until hard, 3-4 hours.
Transfer to food processor or
blender and process until smooth
and creamy, and lightened in color.
Nutritional information per
serving: 184 calories; 1 g protein;
44 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat; 0 mg
cholesterol; 151 mg sodium;
2 g fiber.
Easy Ideas for a Summer Party
Plan the perfect summer party with these easy entertaining tips:
Create cozy seating arrangements complete with cushions and ample shade so guests can laugh and chat in comfort until the sun sets and beyond.
Be sure to create pops of color with your tableware and food. Available in three vibrant hues – red, green and black – grapes make a beautiful centerpiece and colorful addition to any menu offering.
When you need a simple appetizer, grapes are as easy as it gets. Ripe and ready when you bring them home, give them a rinse, place them in a pretty bowl and you’ve got an edible centerpiece in seconds.
As day gives way to night, keep the festive mood strong by adding some ambient light. Whimsical paper lanterns or strings of white or colored Christmas tree lights lend a playful touch to parties after dark.