by Patricia Chuey Msc. RD FDC.
Freeze seedless grapes for a delicious low-calorie snack when craving something sweet and cold.
- 3/4 cup (175 mL) Greek yogurt, plain
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) honey
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
- 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) green seedless grapes
- 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) red seedless grapes
- 4 cups (1 L) broccoli florets, just slightly larger than the grapes
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) red onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) toasted walnuts, chopped
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) real bacon bits, chopped (optional)
- In a jar or glass container with lid, shake together the yogurt, honey, vinegar and salt to make the dressing. Set aside in fridge until ready to use. Can be made a day in advance.
- In a large bowl, combine the grapes, broccoli and red onion. Note: Three cups of any variety of seedless grapes can be used in this recipe.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts and bacon bits, if using. Refrigerate until serving.
Makes: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Mixing Time: 2 minutes
Grapes of all colors are low in calories and the perfect sweet snack to grab on the go. Farmers grow twice as many grapes as they would without pesticides, which makes a big difference to the cost of this snack at the grocery store and to your favourite bottle of wine.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Canada’s wine makers switched from native Canadian grape varieties to wine-quality European grapes. Sales of Canadian wines both at home and abroad rose quickly and today Canadian wines are a multi-billion dollar industry.
Canada’s main wine regions are: British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. There are more than 670 grape wineries in Canada and people enjoy the wine they produce – Canadians consume over a billion glasses of Canadian wine each year.
Grapes need protection from the many pests that are known to attack this valuable crop. One pest that can affect grapes is downy mildew, a common fungus that strikes during cool, wet conditions. It can cause leaves to fall off and stunt growth of grapes, but farmers can control the disease by using a fungicide.
Pesticides are an important tool farmers rely on to protect their crops from pest pressures to ensure they can harvest the fruit at the end of the season, which in turn means we can raise a glass of wine.