Savory Grape Parmesan Salad

Savory Grape Parmesan Salad, a simple and light fruit salad made of green, red, and purple grapes with a light olive oil, parmesan, and pepper drizzle. A delicious, 5-minute take on traditional grape salads!

Red, green, and purple grapes with parmesan and olive oil on a white table.

Grape season is truly the best season. I know it’s late summer when I start to see the bags of colorful grapes fill the markets and I come home with five pounds of the sweet fruit-filled vines.

During grape season I try to incorporate them into each and every meal: grapes as a side with my eggs and toast for breakfast, grapes in my salad for lunch, and grapes for a fresh fruit dessert after dinner. Not to mention the random handfuls of grapes I sneak throughout the day.

Do you know what else I love about grapes and grape season? They eventually turn into wine!

Grapes are a fruit that you don’t often see in cuisine, they are traditionally eaten as a stand alone fruit as a snack by themselves or with crackers and cheese. However, I love a good fruit salad with fresh colorful grapes and knew that because they are such an excellent addition to savory cheese plates that they would be delicious as a savory fruit salad with parmesan and pepper.

That’s why this Savory Grape Parmesan Salad is my new go-to grape season favorite. At only five ingredients and under five minutes to make, this delicious gluten-free grape salad is the perfect salad for parties, picnics, and barbecues.

Let’s do this!

Bowls of red, green, and purple grapes with parmesan cheese on a cutting board and a dish of pink smoky salt.

How to make Savory Grape Parmesan Salad

This simple mixed grape fruit salad comes together in under five minutes and only requires one bowl (easy clean up!). First, if you have large grapes I highly suggest cutting them in half so it easier to spear the grapes on a fork for easy eating.

One grapes are cut, add your mixture of colorful grapes to a large mixing bowl and add olive oil, parmesan or other hard shredded cheese (pecorino would also be delicious), salt, and pepper. Mix and then serve. Easy as that!

What types of grapes can be used in grape salads

Any types of grapes can be used in this mixed grape salad recipe! The more color and variety the better. Here are a few types of grapes that would work well:

  1. Cotton Candy: no, I’m not talking about the sickly sweet sugar on a stick, I’m talking about the grape varietal known as “cotton candy,” or green grapes. These are large, firm grapes that are slightly sour but hold up well in salads
  2. Flame Seedless: these red grapes are round in shape and have a thick, crunchy sweetness that is perfect for snacking
  3. Concord: these dark purple grapes are made popular by their use for grape juice, and oftentimes have small seeds that are perfectly edible

There are many different types of grape varieties for eating (wine varieties are an entirely different ballgame!) and all would be delicious in this savory grape salad. So choose the grapes you love best and test out delicious combinations of both sweet and sour grapes.

A grape and cheese fruit salad on a white plate on a white table with sunlight.

Savory grape salad variations

This Savory Grape Parmesan Salad recipe is a simple foundation for mixed grape fruit salads. Use it as a guide, but mix it up by adding your own favorite ingredients. Here are a few possibilities:

  1. Add your favorite fresh or dried herbs: fresh mint, basil, thyme, or oregano would add a delicious flavor boost
  2. Add your favorite cheese: any hard, shreddable cheese would work well in this recipe, including pecorino, grana padano, or manchego
  3. Add protein by adding nuts and seeds: almond slivers, walnuts, and sunflower seeds would be a delicious addition
  4. Make it dairy-free and vegan: omit the cheese and instead sprinkle with good quality nutritional yeast.

Savory Grape Parmesan Salad: Tips, tricks & tools

For a simple one-pot fruit salad ready in five minutes, there truly isn’t a “trick” that could make this easier, however there are a few tips for extending the life of your salad.

  • Prep ahead: this salad recipe could easily be made days ahead of an event and tossed together before serving
  • Freezing grape salads: grapes are great frozen (one of my favorite snacks!), however freezing too long will make the grapes wilt and mushy so I suggest only freezing for a week or two and then thawing and tossing with oil
  • There are no special tools necessary for this Savory Grape Parmesan Salad, however I cannot stress enough how much getting a set of quality glass mixing bowls is such a lifesaver in the kitchen. A good set of quality wooden spoons doesn’t hurt either!

A mixed grape fruit salad on a white plate with gold silverware.


Craving more light and fresh superfood fruit salads? Check out our Savory Stone Fruit Quinoa Salad and the light Blood Orange, Kiwi & Mint Fruit Salad recipes, both use sweet fruits as their base and mix in savory components like fresh herbs and even grains. Step outside the box and try a savory salad at your next gathering!

Did you make this simple Savory Grape Parmesan Salad? Leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let us know how it turned out. Save this fruit salad recipe for later by pinning to your favorite summer recipe Pinterest board and make sure to tag me on Fork in the Road’s Instagram to show me your fruit salad creations!

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Savory Grape Parmesan Salad

A mixed grape fruit salad on a white plate with gold silverware.

Savory Grape Parmesan Salad, a simple and light fruit salad made of green, red, and purple grapes with a light olive oil, parmesan, and pepper drizzle. A delicious, 5-minute take on traditional grape salads!

  • Author: Kristina Todini
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (1 cup each)
  • Category: Salads & Sides
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 cup purple grapes
  • ⅛ cup quality olive oil
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon smoked sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

Instructions

  1. Combine red, green, and purple grapes into a large mixing bowl. If grapes are large, cut in half for smaller bite-size pieces.
  2. Add olive oil, parmesan cheese, sea salt, and pepper. Toss to combine and serve.

Notes

Notes // Tips

  • Cut larger grapes in half to make it easier to spear or scoop onto a fork.
  • Choose a variety of colorful grapes for a rainbow grape salad.
  • Mix up this salad by adding other hard cheeses such as pecorino, grana padano, or manchego

Leftovers & Storage: This easy grape fruit salad should be refrigerated in an airtight container. It can be stored for up to four days, however you may want to shred new parmesan cheese and grind fresh pepper on top before reserving.

Nutrition: This simple fruit salad with green, red, and purple grapes has healthy fats from the extra virgin olive oil, is low in sodium, has 10 grams of protein, and is a good source of calcium. It’s a great summer side dish for picnics, barbecues, and outdoor parties.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 220
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 255mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 19g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg

Keywords: savory grape parmesan salad

Kristina Todini, RDN of Fork in the Road cutting vegetables in an outdoor kitchen.

Author: Kristina Todini, RDN

Welcome! I'm a registered dietitian who believes that food should be good for you AND good for the planet. Join me in taking the "fork in the road" to eat green and live sustainably.

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  • This looks delicious! I love easy fruit salads that don’t take very long and that travel well to parties and get togethers. I love the idea of sweet grapes with savory cheese. Can’t wait to make it!

    • Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I love the juxtaposition of sweet and savory lately and this grape salad is an example of marrying both of these flavors. I hope you enjoy!