Potluck Favorite: Sweet and crunchy grape salad

Seedless grape salad with pecans and celery

This recipe replaces sugar with stevia, sour cream with Greek yogurt and you won't know the difference.
This recipe replaces sugar with stevia, sour cream with Greek yogurt and you won't know the difference. | Source

Blend cream cheese and yogurt

Use a food processor or, blender. Or combine ingredients by hand when cream cheese is room temperature.
Use a food processor or, blender. Or combine ingredients by hand when cream cheese is room temperature. | Source

Make it your own

Make this recipe your own and never share the "secret ingredient." Be prepared to bring this dish every time you are invited to a covered dish supper or summer picnic.

  • For example, convert this recipe to Grape salad with lime and peanuts.
  • Replace the vanilla with a tablespoon of lime juice, use lime zest as garnish.
  • Switch toasted pecans with dry roasted peanuts.
  • Grate rainbow carrots into the salad for color and texture.
  • Skip the pecans and add a 1/2 cup each of raisins and sunflower seeds.
  • Replace yogurt with sour cream.

When you combine fruit and nuts, sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of chopped chervil and or parsley into the salad. Top salad with 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped chervil as garnish.

Your neighbors will gladly volunteer to serve as taste testers while you perfect you own "secret recipe" version.

Grape salad fast becoming a summer favorite

5 stars from 5 ratings of Grape Picnic Salad

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 12 servings

Gently fold in cream cheese

Choose any combination of red and green seedless grapes.
Choose any combination of red and green seedless grapes. | Source

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds seedless grapes, washed and dried
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Truvia®, (or 1 TBS sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh celery leaves, chopped (garnish)

Chopped celery

Celery adds the crunch. Add even more celery if you like.
Celery adds the crunch. Add even more celery if you like. | Source

Quick fix

  1. Wash and dry grapes, Add grapes, celery, nuts gently mix until evenly blended. Set aside.
  2. Process the cream cheese and Greek yogurt. Blend in Truvia and vanilla.
  3. When cream cheese mixture is blended, spoon over grape mixture. Gently combine.
  4. Cover and refrigerate. Even better the next day.
  5. garnish with a Tablespoon of chopped celery leaves or mint sprigs.

Chicken salad sandwich

Quickly convert grape salad to chicken salad with white meat chopped chicken.
Quickly convert grape salad to chicken salad with white meat chopped chicken. | Source

The best chicken salad ever

Yes, really. The best chicken salad ever.

This is your summer go - to recipe. Count on this versatile recipe to expand garden party and picnic lunch options. For a wrap or a sandwich, the recipe needs a little more moisture or dressing to hold together.

To two cups of grape salad, add two or three Tablespoons of mayonnaise/salad dressing (your favorite) and two or three teaspoons of mustard. Your mustard choice.

Combine one cup of cooked and chopped chicken breast with two cups of the grape salad above.

Serve as:

  • Salad - Serve on lettuce leaves as a chicken salad entrée.
  • Sandwich - Split a croissant or use hearty whole grain bread as a sandwich.
  • Wrap - Roll into a large lettuce lined tortilla and serve as a wrap.

Chicken salad wrap

Line a tortilla with a lettuce leaf, spoon on the chicken salad and you are ready to roll.
Line a tortilla with a lettuce leaf, spoon on the chicken salad and you are ready to roll. | Source

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Patsybell 22 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Stevia is a sugar substitute made from the leaves of the stevia plant. Sugar or brown sugar can be used instead. Thanks for asking. Sometimes I need to be reminded. I grow the stevia plant as an annual in the herb garden. In the recipe, it is easier to give a specific product and amount. Make this once and take it to a covered dish dinner, you will be making is regularly, by frequent request. Thank you for reading my hub.


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aesta1 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

This is something I can easily do and it looks really tasty. By the way, what is Truvia?


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

annart Thank you for your kind words. This is a big batch, so when we make this, we eat it for several days.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

This is just what I like; something simple to do with ingredients I usually have in the cupboards, it looks great and I love all the ingredients. The versatility appeals too.

I'll be trying this soon. Thank you.

I like the variety of your hubs and I'm off to follow you right now.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Glimmer Twin Fan, I think that is a great idea. When those beautiful fall apples start coming in, I'll chop up an apple or two to add extra crunch. Thank you for reading my hubs. I always look forward to your comments.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

Oooh this looks tasty. Nice light side dish/salad. May have to try this this holiday weekend.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

MsDora, I am so glad you will try this. I always value your opinion. Thanks for reading my hubs. For variety, you can add chopped apple or pineapple bits to the recipe.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Patsybell, the crunch is inviting and the ingredients seem like they will make an interesting summer picnic taste. Thanks for a recipe that I know I can try. Voted Up!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Thank you for reading my hubs. It's a very budget-friendly way to feed a picnic crowd. Or, it keeps in the fridg and I think it is better the next day (and the next,)


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Thank you so very much. I appreciate your votes. It makes a big difference. These are all ingredients that keep for quite awhile in the frig. So, I always have a too-hot-to-cook menu on hand.


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Seedless grape salad? Now, that is really interesting plus a bonus chicken salad recipe. Awesome!

Will absolutely try this. :)


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

This is my "Heat Wave" recipe. When it is too hot to cook, this chicken salad is great stuffed in pita bread or wrapped in a flavored tortilla. I appreciate you reading my hubs. Your support makes all the difference. Thank you.


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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

This is a pretty amazing and yummy-looking salad, Patsybell. And adding the chicken is divine. I will have to make time to try this. Great recipe, voted up, useful, and awesome. And 5 stars. :)


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Patsy, this looks delicious! I could have made this today, as I had all the ingredients. I will sure give this one a try. Perfect for these hot summer days! I just love all the ingredients and combination here.

Voted up ++++ pinning, tweeting, G+ and sharing


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

teaches12345, Thank you. You made my day. Today, I bought some very sweet grapes. So, I made this with a bit of lime juice and the zest of one lime. I appreciate you reading my Hubs.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love all the ingredients you list for this salad. I also would love it as a chicken wrap enhancement. Grapes make a salad taste good and your recipe is a winner with me!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Phyllis Doyle, all these ingredients will hold for a while in the fridge, and after it is made, I think this is better the next day. I like your idea of macadamia nuts. I appreciate your kind words. Thank you.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Great idea, Patsy, to keep a few cans of chicken on hand. I buy a brand that is so good, all white meat. Thanks for mentioning that. I forgot to rank a five star and will do that now, thanks to Frank for the reminder. LOL


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Carrie Lee Night, Thank you. The old recipe called for green grapes but I like a mix of colors and sweetness. Enjoy.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

rebeccamealey, the Greek yogurt can replace sour cream in most any recipe. Folks don' know the difference. I'd love to hear shat you think. Thanks for the comments.


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carrie Lee Night 2 years ago from Northeast United States

Looks insanely tasty :) Thanks for sharing :)


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Frank Atanacio, Thank you. I appreciate the " a five star." Now, go finish the novel and get an agent. I'll be at your book signing. We can setve this at your book party.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Phyllis Doyle, Thank you. It really helps to "vote up, useful, awesome and sharing." I appreciate it. Keep a can of chicken in the cabinet (from the big box store, near the canned tuna) just for this purpose. Instant picnic/party food.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Cream cheese and yogurt! That is what my own concoction was missing. Thanks, I will try this!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

lyns, Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate the: "voted up.+/" it makes all the difference. I feel a lot safer to take this to a covered dish dinner than a bowl of potato salad or coleslaw with loads of mayo.


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lyns 2 years ago from USA

I love this recipe and the photos along with the step to step directions, I am into healthy eating and I love good tasty foods that are healthy for the body. Thanks for sharing this recipe voted up.+/ Have a great day. lyns

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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

OMGosh -- you hit the right summer recipe for me, Patsy. I love chicken salad and often add seedless grapes and macadamia nuts to it. Your version sounds so good. And your grape salad is very much worth a try, for, grapes are plentiful now and I love them, so does my whole family. Voted up, useful, awesome and sharing. Thank you so much!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

okay, looks good.. and easy to follow.. gave it a five star yeah...:)

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