Sooo let’s talk about the roasted grape. Maria introduced me to it with her recipe several weeks ago and since then, I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I mean I loooove roasted veggies. But roasted fruit? Roasted grapes? Weird.
I was knee-deep in recipe-writing mind block the other day and turned to my trusty Google Reader to see if anything would inspire me. I came across the roasted grape recipe and decided to give it a try. And boy am I glad I did-this is serious guys, so listen up.
To roast the grapes, you simply mix them up with some grapeseed oil (or other high-heating oil) and roast them at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until they start to burst. They become so incredibly sweet…MMM! At the same time I was roasting these grapes, I also roasted a chopped sweet potato to add to the salad.
This salad definitely needed something crunchy and nutty to complement the sweetness of the sweet potato and grapes, so I toasted some pecans and added them as well.
Oh and goat cheese. Obvi. I mean is goat cheese EVER a bad decision??
Combine it all with brown basmati rice as the base and you have yourself a flavorful salad. This is so easy and so incredibly flavorful. You could use any grain as the base-quinoa, brown rice, jasmine rice, etc. I just like the nuttiness of brown rice. We ate this for several days after as part of our lunch and it was great reheated as well with a little extra goat cheese crumbled on top.
And since you can roast the grapes and sweet potato at the same time, this comes together so quickly and is the perfect compliment to anything. We ate this with pork tenderloin one night and turkey burgers another.
Hope you enjoy!
- 1.5 cups of grapes
- 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil (olive oil will work as well)
- 1 sweet potato, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 cup of brown basmati rice
- 1/2 cup of pecans, toasted
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- Goat cheese to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Rinse grapes and dry well. Spread on a pan and drizzle with oil. Stir to coat the grapes
- Chop a sweet potato into small bite-size pieces and place on the other end of the pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
- Roast grapes and sweet potato for about 15 minutes
- Meanwhile, cook basmati rice according to instruction
- Preheat a pan over medium heat with 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- Add pecans and stir frequently, toasting. This should take 4-5 minutes
- Combine grapes, sweet potato, rice and pecans and stir to combine
- Crumble desired amount of goat cheese on top