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Creamy Grape Salad with Candied Walnuts

September/October 2013

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Traditional grape salad recipes are loaded with sugar and fat, but we made this creamy grape dessert salad recipe healthier by using reduced-fat cream cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese and using half the sugar called for in classic recipes. Bring this healthy grape salad recipe to a potluck and watch it disappear in moments.


Creamy Grape Salad with Candied Walnuts

Makes: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup each

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Ingredients

Candied Walnuts

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Grape Salad

  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups seedless grapes, preferably red and green (about 2 pounds)

Preparation

  1. To prepare walnuts: Line a small baking pan with parchment paper or foil; coat with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss walnuts in a bowl with water. Sprinkle with brown sugar and salt; toss to coat well. Transfer to the prepared pan. Bake until the sugar is melted and the nuts are barely starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool in the pan until the sugar hardens, about 6 minutes.
  3. To prepare salad: Meanwhile, combine sour cream, cream cheese, honey and vanilla in a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a large bowl. Add grapes and gently stir to combine. Transfer to a serving dish. Crumble the candied walnuts on top just before serving.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store candied walnuts at room temperature for up to 8 hours; cover and refrigerate salad for up to 8 hours. Top the salad with the walnuts just before serving.

Nutrition

Per serving: 143 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 11 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 5 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 1 g fiber; 50 mg sodium; 198 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Ethnic/Regional
American
Total Time
30 minutes or less
Servings
8 or more
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Meal/Course
Dessert
Type of Dish
Desserts, other
Ease of Preparation
Easy
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