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Creamy Vanilla Grape & Apple Salad

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Creamy Vanilla Grape & Apple Salad with Cranberries and Pecans – this salad is so good, you will want it before dinner, as an appetizer, and after dinner, as a dessert!   With the holidays coming up, this festive fruit salad will look great on the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas menu!

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The dressing is made by whipping together softened cream cheese, sour cream, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. It’s so delicious, and tastes like a cake frosting! I had a hard time restraining myself from not eating the whole dressing while I was making it! That might also be the temptation you will face but stay strong! The dressing will taste even better once in the salad:

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Enjoy!

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Creamy Vanilla Grape & Apple Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Creamy Vanilla Grape & Apple Salad

Ingredients

    Dressing:
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Salad:
  • 1 pound seedless red grapes
  • 1 pound seedless green grapes
  • 3 sweet red apples, cored and diced
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans + extra
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

    Dressing
  1. In a medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer, blend the ingredients for about 2 minutes or until nice and smooth.
  2. Salad
  3. In a large bowl, combine the grapes, diced apples, chopped pecans, and cranberries. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. When you are ready to serve, top with extra chopped pecans and a small amount of brown sugar (if desired).
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  • Jan December 2, 2016, 10:49 am

    You might want to clarify that you mean dried cranberries and not fresh cranberries. I almost used fresh ones until I saw dried ones in the pics.

    • Julia December 17, 2016, 7:52 pm

      Good suggestion! I updated the recipe to say “dried cranberries”.

  • Jenn December 22, 2016, 5:11 pm

    Looks so good. How many days in advance do you think you could make this? How many days does it stay fresh/taste good once made?

    • Julia December 22, 2016, 11:28 pm

      The salad is best served immediately, but my husband and I did eat it a day later, after it’s been refrigerated for a day and it tasted great. The sliced apples will brown if the salad is not served immediately.

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