Sunday, April 15, 2012

Grape Salad

By: Christy

With my love for being social in combination with my love for food makes potlucks, picnics, and cookouts some of my favorite activities. It just so happens I actually hosted a cookout this weekend and I figured this was the perfect opportunity to share some of the food I served.

Grape salad is a recipe I have had at my grandmothers house many times. I love it. It's sweet. It's tangy. It's fresh. And if those aren't strong enough selling points...It's fruit smothered basically in sugar and cream cheese and it's (proven this weekend) a huge crowd pleaser!  My cookout was about 20 people and this recipe fed everyone and luckily left me some delicious leftovers. You can make this salad the day before and can easily cut this recipe down depending on how many people you expect (but trust me you wont be sorry if you make more than necessary! YUM!)


4 lbs of grapes (green or red. I used red because they are sweeter)
8 ounces cream cheese softened
8 ounces sour cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Brown Sugar

Wash and stem your grapes. Pat dry and set aside. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, white sugar and vanilla. Stir grapes into the mixture coating each grape with the sauce. Pour into a large serving dish (I used a trifle bowl). Top the grape salad with a generous layer of brown sugar and chopped pecans covering the top of the dish completely. The brown sugar will kind of melt into this mixture making a super delicious topping!

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