I discovered this grape salad not too long ago when I had too many grapes (thanks mom) and was wondering how to eat it all. It is surprisingly creamy and delicious. I know its called a saladbut its almost like dessert since it is sweet. There are different variations to this salad that you can find online. I wanted to make it more healthy so I used neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese. Neufchatel cheese has 1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese and is similar in looks and taste. Also, I used a light sour cream, since it has about half the fat of regular sour cream and 1/3 fewer calories. I suppose this balances out the sugar that I used, but its really not too much. Do not omit the the brown sugar and pecan topping though! It really makes this dish stand out and gives a nice crunch. Hopefully you get to make this soon, because I couldn't wait to make this again when I first tried the recipe!
1 pound seedless grapes (I used red, you can use green, or use both.)
4 ounces neufchatel cheese (You can use cream cheese instead.)
½ cup light sour cream
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped pecans (I used glazed/candied pecans.)
In a large bowl, mix together the Neufchatel cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla with a hand mixer.
Add grapes and stir to coat grapes with mixture.
Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!