All of this is to say: I served this grape salad at Andrew’s birthday party earlier this month, and it seems that it’s become what I’m “known for.” It was by far the hit of the party. We’re attending two Memorial Day cookouts this weekend (one with my family, one with Joe’s), and I was asked to bring this salad to both of them. Not that I mind making it twice more, because that means I’ll get to eat it a couple more times. I could eat this every day, that’s how good it is.
I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful, fresh fruit salad. The dressing is rich and creamy and sweet. The grapes are cold and juicy and pop so satisfyingly in your mouth. I love the texture and flavor contrast of the pecans. I love how refreshing this is on the hot summer days that seem to have officially arrived here in Ohio. I love, love, love this salad.
Who knows? If you make it for your next family gathering, it could become what you’re “known for” too. Or just make it for your family for dessert sometime this summer. They’ll love it, I promise!
Sweet Grape Salad
2 pounds red seedless grapes
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 8-ounce carton sour cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons pecans
1. Combine cream cheese, sour cream, white sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Gently fold in grapes.
2. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecan pieces.
3. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve very cold.