Grape Salad with Toasted Walnuts

I have a grape eatin’ family.  We mostly eat our grapes right from the bowl or even freeze them but this time around we made our grapes into a dessert.  A dessert that would make a great addition to a reunion or friend and family gathering.  I pretty much promise you that once you or someone eats one, they (you) will eat more.  Like a whole bowl full, more.  It’s pretty much like a potato chip. You just can’t eat one (but I can because I’m not a huge fan of potato chips).

This was the perfect time to get my 2 year old in the kitchen with me. I was concerned she would eat more grapes than help Mommy but that wasn’t the case.  She took almost every grape off the stem. Seriously, it happened and she was diligent about her job.  I can’t say I’m not grateful for her taking over though because this was the most tedious job and my least favorite.  But obviously to a 2 year old, this is FUN stuff.  How much longer will this last?

I am quite certain she pulled off at least 1 1/2 lbs of grapes from the stems. I did the rest of them.  She’s up for hire.  She just requires cuddles (nuggles) and kisses.  And to boot, she even knows that before she helps Mommy in the kitchen she has to wash her hands.

While she was pulling the grapes from the stems, I made the simple mixture which consisted of cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla.  She then stirred it all together and we put into the refrigerator to allow the flavors to come together.  Who am I kidding?  We each ate about 12 grapes and wanted more.

I recommend serving these with toasted walnuts. I did this by putting about 3/4 cup of walnuts into a non-stick pan over medium-low heat.  I allowed them to toast for about 3-5 minutes or until I started to smell the toasty (good) smell.  Next time though, I want to try this with candied walnuts.  Stay tuned for that one because I want to make this grape salad every week or month in addition to our normal grape eating!

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Grape Salad with Toasted Walnuts
  1. Pull grapes from stems and wash. Dry with paper towels once cleaned.
  2. In separate bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Thoroughly mix together with a stand or electric mixer.
  3. Pour over top of grapes and stir together. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
  4. Toast chopped walnuts in pan on stove on medium-low heat for about 3-5 minutes or until the nuts start to get fragrant. Watch the nuts closely so they don't burn.
  5. When getting ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and top each individual serving with the toasted walnuts.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Trisha's Home Cooking

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