Sunday, August 16, 2015

Grape and Pineapple Salad


Okay, I have to confess, I have never heard of grape salad before.  I was actually watching Trisha Yearwood on Food Network and she made a grape salad that made me just want to grab a spoon so I could try it out.   Of course I didn't write down the recipe, I just watched her add her ingredients and tried my best to remember it so this is my version of it that also adds pineapple and coconut. 

This version tasted like a grape ambrosia salad and it was amazing!! My entire family finished off the salad in less than a day and then they were asking if can I please make some more.  I love that!! 

My daughter's favorite part was the bits of chopped pecans that added a little crunch to the salad.  I love that part too.  Of course I loved the creamy dressing that comes together so easily.  I am totally a grape salad junkie now and I want to keep playing around with this recipe.  So, don't be surprised if you see another "creamy fruit salad" recipe showing up here soon.


3-4lbs of cleaned and washed grapes (*see note 1)
1 (8oz) brick of cream cheese (low fat is fine) softened at room temperature
1 heaping cup of sour cream
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (*see note 2)
1 can (20oz) pineapple tidbits or chunks drained 
1/2 cup sweetened baker's coconut found in the baking aisle 
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or more for garnish)

Note 1: Any color grapes work, I used a mix of red, black and green grapes.  You want to make sure all the stems are off the grapes

Note 2:  I did not add as much sugar as most of the recipes online recommended because I added the sweetened pineapple and coconut.  If you like things more sweet... add more brown sugar to taste


Step 1:  Wash and de-stem your grapes.  Dry them totally.  I washed my grapes then dried them on paper towels on a baking sheet.

Step 2:  Whip the softened cream cheese, brown sugar and sour cream until smooth.  

Step 3:  Add the drained pineapple chunks or tidbits (if 1-2 Tbs of pineapple juice goes in to the bowl, it's okay.  Stir into the creamy mixture

Step 4:  Add the dried grapes to the creamy mixture.

Step 5:  Add the coconut and chopped pecans.  Garnish with more chopped pecans.  Serve immediately or refrigerate.  Enjoy.


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