Friday, December 20, 2013

Grape Salad

  An old-fashioned heirloom fruit salad recipe, made with whole seedless grapes dressed with a sour cream and cream cheese dressing, whipped cream folded in and finished with a brown sugar and pecan topping.

Grape Salad

This is a retro fruit salad recipe from waaay back. You'll see versions of it all over the internet with very little variation in the base recipe of seedless grapes tossed in a creamy, sweet dressing, usually made with cream cheese, sour cream and sugar and finished with a brown sugar nut topping.

Somewhere along the way, somebody decided that whipped cream would be good (I agree!), and a few folks have even added their own touches with things like pineapple and mini marshmallows.

I prefer to keep the grapes whole rather than slicing them because sliced, they tend to water down the dressing and for this salad you do want that thick and creamy. Taste your grapes first to determine the amount of sugar to use, keeping in mind that you'll also be finishing this fruit salad off with a coating of brown sugar and pecans. Don't skip that part.

This is also one of those great fruit salads where you can make adjustments to lower the fat without affecting the flavor much and it's a great addition to any holiday table. Folks, like me, who enjoy snacking on grapes really love this fruit salad. Not much to look at really, but very delicious nonetheless.

Grapes are a rather nondescript, nearly neutral fruit, so really, for this dish, it's all about the dressing... and the brown sugar topping. Here's how to make it.

Rinse the grapes and set aside in a colander to drain. Add the cream cheese, sour cream and powdered sugar to a medium sized bowl.

Blend until smooth. Add vanilla and beat that in.

Add grapes to a covered storage bowl and toss with the mixture. Fold in the whipped topping.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Transfer to a large serving bowl and sprinkle the top liberally with brown sugar and pecans just before serving.

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