Lately I have been thinking a lot about Ohio. I was born and raised there and moved to New York when I was 19 years old. Things seem to move at a much slower pace back home. In the summer it’s get blazing hot and you can hear the cicadas clicking away in the trees. It’s the sound of summer.
We never had a pool so we would either run around in sprinklers or occasionally we would go swimming at one of the old quarries or ponds. I’m not a huge fan of swimming in “dark water” but I did love catching tadpoles and bringing them home. They always shared a spot on my nightstand right next to the lightening bugs. Do you remember catching lightening bugs? I would always use an old mason jar and stuff it with sticks and grass in hopes it would keep the lightening bugs alive all summer long. Sadly, this never happened. I would awake in the morning to find them dead. Apparently they need more than sticks and grass. Who knew?
I’m sure you’re wondering what cicadas, swimming holes, tadpoles and lightening bugs have to do with this salad. Well, here is the thing. This salad always makes me think of summer. It was the only time we indulged in its sweetness. Pulled from the fridge it’s creamy and sweet and the grapes just burst with flavor. It’s my hands down favorite summer salad!
Is there a specific food that reminds you of summer?
Sweet Grape Salad
Yield: 2 pounds
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
1 pound red grapes - stems removed and washed
1 pound green grapes - stems removed and washed
1 7.5 ounce container Marshmallow Fluff
1 8 ounce brick cream cheese
1/3 cup toffee bits
Source: Nutmeg Nanny
Remove stems and wash and red and green grapes. Set aside.
In a large bowl add marshmallow fluff and cream cheese. Blend with handheld or stand mixer until creamy and thoroughly combined.
Gently stir in grapes and refrigerated until ready to eat. Right before you serve your grape salad sprinkle it with toffee bits.