Monday, April 5, 2010

Grape Salad


My friend, Juana Adams, brought a dish one time when we had a gathering. She called it Grape Salad. I haven't seen or tried it before so I was curious about it. I asked her then on how she prepared it. It looked good and I was pretty sure it tasted good too. Indeed it was! It has different flavors: some grapes were a bit sour which I liked. It has sweet crunchy nuts and sweet cream. Below is the recipe she got but she modified it. Enjoy!


2 lbs green grapes (use all red grapes if you want it all sweet)
2 lbs red grapes (smaller rounder not the oval shape ones)
1 - 8 oz cream cheese, softened (you may use 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
1 - 8 sour cream (you may use 6 oz fat free vanilla yogurt Albertsons brand)
1/2 cup white sugar (you may use Splenda for baking. You can get the big bags at Costco)
1 tsp vanilla extract(you may add extra 1 tsp)


Topping Ingredients


1 cup brown sugar ( use 1/4 cup and organic brown sugar or Splenda brown sugar brand)
1 cup pecans (toasted walnuts instead because of its good fat content.)

Directions

1. Wash and stem grapes (red smaller rounder grapes are sweeter than the oval shape ones). Let it dry.
2. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, white sugar and vanilla extract by hand until blended.
3. Add grapes into mixture.
4. For topping: combine brown sugar and nuts.
5. Sprinkle over top of grapes to cover completelye.
6. Chill overnight.


(Don't put the toppings before chilling because it gets watery the next day due to sugar that melts overnight. So sprinkle them 1-2 hrs before serving.)

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