Sweet Grape Salad

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?

 

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Sweet Grape Salad

Yield: 2 pounds

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

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25 Responses to “Sweet Grape Salad”

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    Miriam @ Overtimecook — June 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

    This looks Delicious! Plus it’s a salad, which means its diet food, right?

    • Brandy replied: — July 1st, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

      It’s total diet food…hahaha

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Marshmallow fluff?!?!?!? Now THIS is my kind of salad. ;)

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    Blond Duck — June 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I eat like a bucket of chips a day. It’s ridiculous.

    • Brandy replied: — July 1st, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

      Chips or grapes….same thing :)

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    Blond Duck — June 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I meant grapes. :)

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    Jodi — June 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Hey…this sounds like my summers!! I am from Northeast Ohio…Akron to be exact! Where did you grow up? My summer food is veggie pizza!

    • Brandy replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 12:33 am

      I grew up in Northwest Ohio! :) In a small town called Fremont. A little west of Cedar Point. Do you still live in Ohio? BTW I love veggie pizza….now I’m craving that!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Grapes ans marshmallow fluff…. I could just kiss your face!

    • Brandy replied: — July 1st, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

      Hahaha I hope you give it a try and love it :)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — July 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    How have I never heard of this?! My boys (including my husband!) would love it!

    • Brandy replied: — July 1st, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

      Hooray! Give it a try. It’s the best :)

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    Jessie — July 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I love love love this layout! And this looks awesome. My family makes something sort of similar except it has a confectioners sugar+orange juice glaze instead of the cream cheese. Funny how Midwestern recipes are all generally the same.

    • Brandy replied: — July 1st, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

      Hahaha us Mid-westerners are so original :) I love the addition of an orange juice glaze…yum!

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    Joanne — July 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    My mom used to make us popsicles out of orange juice or chocolate pudding and those would ALWAYS remind me of summer. I can’t believe I’ve never encountered this salad before! What could be better than a fluff/cream cheese dressing?

    • Brandy replied: — July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:22 am

      I love chocolate pudding pops! My mom would also make popsicles out of kool-aid. I used to love those!

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    Veronica — July 2, 2012 at 2:17 am

    This sounds so good! Loved reading your memories of summers growing up. We always had watermelon but strangely enough, I’m not a very big watermelon fan. Now my summer foods are cherries and mangos. And fresh summer corn! The best.

    • Brandy replied: — July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      Oh man I love watermelon! We used to go to Georgia when I was a kid and there was this big stream that ran through our families property. We would put a whole watermelon in the stream and when we would pull it out (hours later) it was ice cold. It’s a total summer memory!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    My family makes something similiar and I swear people lick the bowl clean lol

    • Brandy replied: — July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:23 am

      Hahaha that is how I feel when I make it!

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    Jodi Pavlik — July 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I do still live in Ohio! I can’t believe you lived in Fremont! The construction company I work for is under contract with the city of Fremont to build the reservoir! We have been working up there for almost 2 years!!

    • Brandy replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

      That is crazy! Such a small world :)

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    grace — July 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    the first time i saw this, i made a face and had serious doubts, but it really is delicious!

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    Kathy — July 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I make a similar version, using the grapes, small slices of celery and salted peanuts. The dressing is made of mayo and concentrated cherry juice. Really delicious. Having said that, I cannot wait to try your version; though I doubt it will last long. Can I say SCRUMPTUOUS!!!!!!!!!

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