Grape Salsa with Lime and Cilantro is a refreshing change! It’s great with chips, or as a topping for grilled chicken or fish. Vegan, Paleo and Whole30 compliant.
Grape Salsa with lime and cilantro. It sounds like an odd combination, but it’s insanely good. Sweet and tart grapes, crisp cucumbers, onions and zippy jalapeño peppers make this salsa one that you’ll keep on dipping.
It’s quick to whip up, too. Just chop, squeeze some lime, refrigerate, and serve. Just like this Grape, Apple and Red Cabbage Slaw, this recipe is a great way to use up those leftover grapes in the fridge.
On a recent trip to Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, Denis and I had a good laugh about one of our past trips there. We had set out to take the kids to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta. The kids were at the age where they were fascinated with dinosaurs and fossils. We were going to be great parents and provide a rich learning experience for our offspring.
I have fond memories of childhood camping trips with my parents and my brothers, and I desperately wanted to re-create these with my own children. Before this particular trip, our friends joked that they could predict the weather for the dates of our upcoming campouts.
It would rain.
And it seemed like it always did. Camping to Denis simply meant a daily struggle with wet tents, wet tarps, wet firewood and trying to pound plastic tent pegs into ground that was hard as concrete. And this particular trip to Drumheller was no different.
We found a campsite, battled high winds to pitch the tent, and had just succeeded in finally getting the camp stove lit when the park owner arrived to tell us that the tiny patch of lawn where we were set up was actually two sites and we would have to move over. By this time, the winds had increased and the rain was coming down in sheets.
We moved over. “Never mind, I told the kids. You can go swimming in the pool after dinner.” They ran off with their towels, only to return minutes later. Adults only after 7 p.m. Could this day get much worse? Yup.
Our tent was now so close to our neighbours we could hear everything that was going on inside, despite the rain drumming on the tarp-covered tent. It became obvious that it was a dad who just had his kids for the weekend. Unfortunately, it seemed that once they were all in bed, he decided it was a great time to have one beer after another. Despite my loud attempts at shushing him, we overheard comments like, “Dad, Mom doesn’t like it when you smoke in the tent,” and “Dad, I can’t sleep when you keep on talking.”
Neither could we. First thing in the morning, I picked up my phone and booked a hotel with a swimming pool in Kelowna. We never camped again.
Our most recent trip centred on vineyards, winery tours and fine dining. No tents, Rice-A-Roni, or noisy neighbours. It’s always fun to be adventurous and try new foods when we’re traveling and we did just that.
Driving through vineyards inspired me to create this grape salsa, and it was a great way to use up some of our bumper crop of Concord grapes. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Grape Salsa with Lime and Cilantro
- 1 cup seedless green grapes, halved*
- 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
- 1 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber
- 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
- 1 tbsp minced jalapeño
- 3 tbsp minced cilantro
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- salt and pepper
- Combine all ingredients.
- Refrigerate for 30 - 45 minutes to allow flavours to blend.
- Serve with sturdy chips or with grilled fish or chicken.
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I use this glass herb keeper to keep my herbs fresh. So often I find that a recipe will call for a small amount of cilantro, and yet it is usually sold in bunches. This herb keeper has paid for itself several times over. No more slimy cilantro to throw out!
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While there are several recipes for Grape Salsa on Pinterest, I was inspired by this one from The Kitchen is My Playground and changed her recipe slightly.