Jan 7

Cream Cheese Pecan Grape Salad

Grape Salad Recipe

I just love these desserts that masquerade as "salads" -- kind of like my cranberry salad recipe. And like the cranberry salad, you'll find sour cream and cream cheese play a big role in this dish.

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No, this is definitely not diet food.

Although I'm guessing you could easily lighten it up a bit by substituting plain yogurt and Neufchâtel, along with using a lighter hand on the sugar and nuts.

But I went full fat, full sugar with everything... and served myself a big bowl for breakfast -- because I'm the mommy and I'm allowed to do that. And I loved. every. bite.

In fact, I may have another bowl for lunch. Shh...

Cream Cheese Pecan Grape Salad Recipe

Yield: 16 servings

Cream Cheese Pecan Grape Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. green grapes
  • 1 lb. red grapes
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 8-oz. bag pecan pieces
  • 2 cups brown sugar

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry the grapes.
  2. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and sour cream until smooth. Fold the grapes into this mixture.
  3. Spread the grape mixture out in a 9x13 dish.
  4. Mix together pecans and brown sugar, and sprinkle over the top of the grape mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

http://unsophisticook.com/cream-cheese-pecan-grape-salad-recipe/



I prefer to toast my pecans for this recipe, but it's still very tasty without this additional step.

This is a great dish for potlucks and cookouts. It's easy to make, travels well, and it's slightly unusual but delicious!

by Tara | 25 comments

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Christie January 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

We love grape salad! It is my go to dish to take to church and everyone always loves it! We skip the pecans and instead of 2 cups of brown sugar we use 1 cup of sugar in the raw or demerara sugar for the crunch!

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rita in mi January 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Mmmm, my aunt makes this for potlucks and I love it. So goood!

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Constance January 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

can you use/ have you other things beside grapes?

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Tara January 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I’ve not tried anything besides grapes, but I think it would be delicious on any kind of berry — strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. You’ve inspired me to try some new combinations!

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Constance January 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I think I will try Strawberries

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Tara January 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Good choice. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

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Melinda January 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

This does look yummy! I can just taste it on fresh strawberries or raspberries!

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Amy January 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I am making this for my in-laws’ surprise anniversary party on Sunday… if I don’t eat it all first. Ha! This looks fantastic, T!

-Amy

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Tara January 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

You won’t be disappointed. It’s to-die-for good, especially with the toasted pecans!

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Laura January 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

We love Grape Salad!
It is one of my most-requested recipes and always a hit at any type of gathering!
You CAN make it more diet-friendly : Simply use the low-fat versions of sour cream and cream cheese and use Splenda instead of the sugar.
Though I haven’t tried it this way, I have a friend who did it this way and said you couldn’t tell the difference.

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Jennifer June 4, 2011 at 3:48 am

I’m going to use grapes my very first time making this, but I bet it would also be yummy with cherries!

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Tara @ Unsophisticook June 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

That’s a great idea — and I happen to have some cherries in my fridge right now… Might have to give it a try!

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Anita October 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

A friend brought this into work for a potluck, it was great! I wanted to try it for a family gathering but since everyone was watching their waistline I altered it a little. I just used the grapes and added french vanilla low fat yogurt. Also I added pecans and additional fruit (apples, strawberries and/or apples). Either way YUMMY!!!!

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Amanda November 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Does it make a difference if I let it chill overnight??

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Jean October 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

One of the girls I work with had some of the grape salad at work one day and loved it, with fall here I tried an apple version of it and my grandkids love it and instead of brown sugar on the top I drizzles carmel on it and is a new favorite at home and also at work…

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Tara October 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

What a great adaptation! Will have to try it.

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Christina November 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

My favorite dessert!! It is easy to make and everyone loves it in my family. we are all picky eaters. . but instead of brown sugar and pecans i add plain crushed pecans to the mix it gives it a nice little taste

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Tara November 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Nah, it shouldn’t — but I’d probably let it chill for at least two hours if possible.

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derinda May 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

i cant wait to try this recipe, a good friend told me about it so i looked it up and found this neat place to get recipes and store them instead of book marking everything. what i want to know is, do you use powdered sugar? that’s what my friend used, but it just say’s sugar?

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Tara May 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Welcome, Derinda! I use regular granulated sugar, but I’m sure you could substitute powdered sugar.

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Emily November 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I use crushed up Butterfingers for the topping and it’s delicious!!!

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Lorri May 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm

2 Pounds of pecans????!!!!

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Tara May 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

Oh goodness, I can’t believe I haven’t caught that before this… No, it’s the 8-oz. bag that has about 2 cups of pecans in it. Thank you for catching that!

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Donna Johnston June 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

This reciepe sounds so good I am trying it for our family barbeque we all love grapes so it is sure to be a hit.

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patti bell July 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I make this same salad and we love it. But I only use 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar mixed with the nuts.

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