Grapes are a "fun fruit". It's one of those fruits that children enjoy eating out of hand, since they're unlike most fruits that you either have to peel to eat or slice. Adults enjoy them about as much as children, too. Besides eating them fresh, we all know that grapes can make some fabulous homemade jelly! And they're a different addition for a fruit salad.
Have you considered using grapes as the main attraction in a salad? Let me show you how! The recipe I'm passing along is for "Grape Salad", and it uses the seedless red grapes. You could use any grape you wanted to here, but the red ones are quite attractive in contrast to the other ingredients that go into it. Those ingredients include cream cheese, sour cream, brown and white sugar and chopped pecans. This recipe was first served to me at a church gathering. My Mom got the recipe and shared it with me. You'll find it to be quite different from any fruit salad you've had before!
You begin by creaming together cream cheese, sour cream and white sugar. You can use the light version of each, though I strongly advise NOT using the fat-free. To me, they don't have a good flavor, so if you need to reduce calories and choose not to use the regular versions, go with the reduced-fat versions. The grapes are then folded into the creamed mixture. This will almost remind you of eating cheesecake with grapes! The mixture is chilled and before serving, the top is sprinkled with brown sugar and toasted, chopped pecans. Very easy to make to be this good!
This can be made ahead and chilled. In fact, it's actually better when it's had a chance to completely chill. This can be served as a side dish or a dessert and if you have a bridge party or lunch gathering, this salad would be very fitting as a side course. Make this in a clear glass bowl and it'll be very pretty for a buffet table.
If you enjoy fruit salad, a while back I passed along a "Frosted Fruit Salad" that's also good and has a creamy topping on it. In the even you didn't get the recipe, here's the link to it:
Let's give grapes the attention they deserve and feature them as the main attraction in this tasty salad!
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 lb. seedless red grapes, washed and dried thoroughly
- 2 to 3 tbls. brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
Cream together the cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Fold in the grapes. Place in a large glass serving dish, cover and chill at least 5-6 hours. Prior to serving, sprinkle brown sugar and chopped pecans over the salad. Yield: 8-10 servings.