Grape “Salad”

Usually when you read salad, you think of leafy greens and a dressing of some sort, maybe some croutons or other  vegetables too. Something healthy. But in the Midwest, salad is a looser term. It generally means a bunch of stuff thrown in a bowl with something liquidy to bind it all together. Often they use ingredients that my gourmet self wouldn’t dream of eating, like one of my favorite “salads”, Cheesy cheese, it has Velveeta! But when you add lots of butter, corn and Ritz crackers to it, even the snobbiest of foodies can’t resist. One of my sister’s favorites, is a combo of apples, Snickers and Cool-Whip. Don’t judge until you try it!

This grape salad may not look the prettiest but it sure tastes amazing! you can use any type of grape, but I prefer large red skinned grapes. You could probably  make this a little healthier by substituting Greek yogurt for the sour cream, but I’d recommend trying the original first.

1# Grapes, rinsed and taken off the stem

1/4C Cream cheese, softened

1C Sour cream

Toasted pecans, chopped

Brown sugar

In a large bowl stir together cream cheese, sour cream and a pinch of salt until smooth. Fold in the grapes and refrigerate until cold, about 45 minutes.  Generously sprinkle with brown sugar and toasted pecans and serve.


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