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Light & Creamy Grape Salad

posted by Julie Evink on July 8, 2015

Light & Creamy Grape Salad ~ The Favorite Traditional Grape Salad Recipe Lightened up with a Few Simple Ingredients! 

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Light & Creamy Grape Salad ~ The Favorite Traditional Grape Salad Recipe Lightened up with a Few Simple Ingredients!

A few years ago there was this big rage all over social media about all Minnesotans eating Grape Salad. From what I remember it made it sound like this was pretty much the only salad we knew how to make and it was at every function we ever went to. It may have made fun of all things Minnesotan, I’ll let you imagine that if you’ve ever watched Fargo, and may have made us look like hicks. This may or may not be the truth. I may have slightly exaggerated this in my head and made it a little more dramaworthy than it actually was. My point is apparently the Grape Salad is all the rage in Minnesota and I just might live under a rock because out of all the potlucks I’ve been to I’ve never once saw this salad!

Light & Creamy Grape Salad ~ The Favorite Traditional Grape Salad Recipe Lightened up with a Few Simple Ingredients!

Ever since I heard about the infamous Grape Salad thanks to social media I’ve been incredibly curious about this super popular salad in the great state of Minnesota. I’ve kept my eyes peeled at every gathering hoping for a glimpse of it and even better, a taste of it. I knew it would be bursting with fresh grapes yet creamy which I really couldn’t imagine being all that great. I love grapes. I love creamy. But mix them together and I was a little terrified. Therefore this summer I decided to take things into my own hands and make this for myself since no one else was doing it for me! Of course I lightened it up a bit from the recipe that I found to make it a little more bikini friendly, not that I wear one or ever will wear one, but in case you do well I was looking out for you. Your welcome.

Light & Creamy Grape Salad ~ The Favorite Traditional Grape Salad Recipe Lightened up with a Few Simple Ingredients!

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My dear, sweet friends please run out to your local grocery store, recipe in hand, gather all the ingredients and make this stat. I know I said I couldn’t wrap my head around the flavor combo but wow it’s amazing. The cool grapes burst in your mouth full of flavor and the creamy dressing is nothing to shake your head at. This Minnesotan can finally say she’s ate the famous Grape Salad of our state and proudly say she’d make it for anything gathering that she goes too!

I lightened this grape salad up using  zero-calorie Truvia® Natural Sweetener. My favorite secret ingredient because it helps me reduce the calories and sugar in this delicious salad while not sacrificing the flavor. Truvia® sweetener is natural, great-tasting sweetness that was born from the leaves of the stevia plant.  This is bursting with grapes for a refreshing dish which is perfect for a hot summer day!

Light & Creamy Grape Salad

Preparation 20 minutes 2017-06-27T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 24 servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz) package Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp Truvia
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 lbs seedless red grapes
  • 2 lbs seedless green grapes
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the Neufchatel cream cheese, yogurt, Truvia and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with Truvia brown sugar blend and pecans just before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 101kcal Calories from fat 36
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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    Comments

  • Danielle | The Creative Bite


    Yum, I only recently tried this salad a couple years ago, so I missed the Minnesota salad bandwagon too apparently. But my oh my, is it delicious!

  • Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos


    Grape salad is the perfect summer side dish! The version I’ve had before includes crushed butterfinger candy bars, which is delicious but not quite as good for you as this one. Looks fantastic!

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg


    I’ve never had grape salad, but this sounds really unique! I love the nuts on top.

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel


    “…but mix them together and I was terrified.” Lol! I have to admit, hearing ‘grape salad’ I was a little terrified, too. But this looks amazing and nothing to be scared of. In fact, I want a giant bowl!

  • Thao @ In Good Flavor


    I have to admit, I have never heard of grape salad. It is very intriguing…I have to try this!

  • ChrisK


    Don’t feel bad about this salad going under your radar. I think it’s made the regional rounds for years, case in point, I’ve heard this called California salad, Napa Valley Salad, Sonoma Salad as well as here in Tennessee; Southern Grape Salad. Sometimes with the addition of chicken and/or broccoli. Suffice it to say, it’s a great basic salad that can go many directions.

    • Julie Evink


      Really? I didn’t know it went by so many names and different areas put different twists on it!

  • Lynne


    I’m in Minnesota & had never heard of this before & then when I was in Colorado a few weeks ago someone brought this to a gathering. It was wonderful.

    • Julie Evink


      Glad I’m not the only Minnesotan that had never heard of it!

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