Some recipes are so beloved that they appear on buffet tables all year long. Cocktail meatballs, baked spaghetti, lemon bars—you know the dishes I’m talking about. They’re time-tested family favorites that have been passed down for generations.
Today, we’re going to share with you one such recipe. It’s a potluck salad that stars fewer than 10 ingredients and requires a mere 20 minutes to make. Oh, and on average, it’s viewed over 350,000 times a year on the Taste of Home website. Here’s how to make the party-ready dish.
How to Make Creamy Grape Salad
This all-star recipe comes to us from Marge Elling of Michigan. It makes over 20 potluck-worthy servings.
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 pounds seedless red grapes
- 2 pounds seedless green grapes
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
Step 1: Make the dressing
To make this salad’s namesake creamy dressing, start by beating together the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl. Mix with an electric mixer (our Test Kitchen swears by this model) on medium speed, or by hand with a whisk, until the ingredients are well-blended.
Test Kitchen tip: For a lighter version, feel free to substitute thick and tangy Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
Step 2: Add the grapes
Rinse the grapes under cool water and pat dry. Then, add them to the dressing mixture and toss to coat.
Test Kitchen tip: For added texture, feel free to mix in some chopped candy bars. Crunchy Snickers or Heath bars pair particularly well with the juicy grapes.
Step 3: Chill and serve
Transfer the salad to your serving bowl of choice. Cover and refrigerate. When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle the salad with brown sugar and pecans.
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