Sautéed Grapes with Goat Cheese Appetizer Print Recipe Print Recipe


I love when I go to an event and there’s a naturally gluten-free appetizer choice.

Before we left California, we had a wonderful dinner served by Michael Natkin in celebration of his new book, Herbivoracious.  He prepared this appetizer of sautéed grapes and goat cheese and was pleasantly surprised. I ate both my serving and my husband’s.

Then I remade it at home, but served with the option of gluten-free crackers and individual plates of arugula, where they could add the grapes and cheese themselves.

If you’re not gluten-free, you can serve with a baguette or flatbread.



Side note, have you ever frozen grapes before?

I talked about them here, but if you missed it, it’s a great snack to keep in the freezer.

Helps combat that late night sweet tooth.



If you don’t like Thyme, you can do chives.

Or do both, why not?



Sautéed Grapes with Goat Cheese Appetizer

PRINT Recipe


  • 6-8 ounces of soft chèvre – goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus 1/2-1 tablespoon for drizzling
  • 1 1/2 cups seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • sea salt


With your hands or a spoon, place dollops of chèvre goat cheese around a plate. Set aside.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once you’ve reached high heat, add grapes and sauté for a quick 30 seconds to a minute.

note: you don’t want to cook the grapes, just warm throughout.

Pour the sautéed grapes around the goat cheese.

Drizzle a little olive oil over the grapes and then top with fresh thyme, oregano and sea salt.

Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serve with gluten-free crackers or if you can do gluten, serve with baguette or flatbread. 


*gluten-free *vegetarian 

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  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Mmm so unique! Yum!

  • Rachel Cooks

    Gorgeous! Yum!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    W-O-W. Imma bouta fall ovah.

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    So lovely! I actually just bought some champagne grapes that I was wanting to pair with goat cheese. May try this!

  • Heather Disarro

    i want to shovel this appetizer into my mouth straight from the screen – so beautiful!

  • Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    Oh my these look amazing. I love simple treats like this, the amazing flavors do all the work! Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

  • Heather Scholten

    Looks perfectly delicious. I have never sauteed a grape before, but now I will. Yum!

  • Ashley

    Ahh, love this! I made a brussel sprout dish with roasted grapes last year and goat cheese would have been the perfect addition. I love simple recipes like this! And frozen grapes are delicious!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    This is my kind of appetizer. Goat cheese has been my weakness lately!

  • Alison Lewis

    oh i love this Lisa!!

  • Brian Samuels

    YAY CHEESE! I’ve never thought to saute grapes before, but I bet it’s wonderful!

  • Maria

    I’ve done something similar with roasted grapes! Will try this next! Miss you already! xo

  • Katie Unger

    I’ve never ever cooked grapes before. This is genius.

  • Kiran @

    This is such an elegant appetizer! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  • cookies and cups

    This honestly sounds like the perfect snack…I think I know what I am going to be having around, say, 3:00 today 🙂

  • Brenda

    This looks interesting, simple, and delicious. Just printed it off, thanks!

  • Kasey

    Beautiful combination, Lisa!

  • Libbynan

    Tried this last week with naan… best thing I ever ate. I nearly cried it was so good. I did hum all the way through.