Copycat Chicken Salad Chick Grape Salad

To be perfectly honest, I have never heard of or tried grape salad until recently. I thought perhaps it might be a Southern recipe but as I was doing my research, come to find out it originated in Minnesota. When it comes to copycat recipes, my recipe may not be the exact recipe or ingredients but the taste is the same. I first tried this grape salad at a new restaurant near me, Chicken Salad Chick. The restaurant is not new, just the location near me is new. So far the chains are only located in the South. I love this grape salad. I am hooked. Now you can make this salad at home even if you do not have a Chicken Salad Chick near you.

Ingredients:

8 oz softened cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup sour cream

⅓ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 pounds (10 cups) seedless grapes (red and green all sizes are fine, I used both red and green like the restaurant)

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, or more if desired

Lightly cover top with brown sugar

Whip the cream cheese until fluffy. Add sour cream, brown sugar and vanilla combine together. In a large bowl place 10 cups of red and green grapes. Stir in cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, add the toppings. The chick tops with brown sugar only if you need to be nut free. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy!

Other options:

Fat free or reduced fat sour cream and cream cheese can be used. I personally would use full fat but that’s me.

I did use Splenda Brown Sugar instead of regular brown sugar. I could not tell the difference.

Tropical Strawberry Protein Smoothie

I absolutely love smoothies.  I love the fact that they are so healthy and refreshing. Simple healthy ingredients along with your blender create delicious nutritious drink. My smoothie was made from Dole Fresh Frozen Strawberries and Dole Fresh Frozen Pineapple, Dole bananas,  Dole Pineapple Juice and low fat yogurt. Easy, simple, just plain delicious!  At “Live on Green”, people from all over the country will be treated to 100,000 square feet of free entertainment, activities, including food ideas from Ally of What’s for Dinner? Ally’s Kitchen on stage near the Dole Bistro. #DoleRose #DolePackagedFoods #LiveOnGreen #TournamentOfRoses 
2 cups Dole frozen strawberries, plus more for garnish

1 1/2 cups of Dole Frozen Pineapple, plus more for garnish

2 Dole bananas, fresh or from frozen*

2 6 ounce low fat vanilla yogurts

1 6 ounce can of Dole pineapple juice**

1 scoop whey protein powder, optional


In a blender combine the above ingredients. No need to add ice since the fruit is frozen, it will be cold, thick and delicious not to mention healthy. Blend until smooth.

 
 *If I have bananas starting to get too ripe before I can use them, I will peel them and place them in a freezer bag in my freezer.


**If you find the smoothie too thick for your liking, add more pineapple juice.
Makes enough to share with a friend. Enjoy!

Berry Good Cobbler

It’s berry season in Florida. I am not a big pie lover but I do love cobblers. It’s the crust thing. This cobbler packs a big punch with lots of berry taste and a nice sweet crunchy top. So yummy warm with a big scoop of ice cream. I used 3 different types of berries in this recipe but one kind, two, three or more different kinds of berries would work. You decide what berry flavor combinations you want.

Ingredients:
8 cups of berries (I used a combination of strawberries, blueberries,and blackberries)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
3 heaping Tablespoons of corn starch
1 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
6 Tablespoons of butter, chilled and cut into pieces
3/4 cup plus 3 Tablespoons of heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9 pan with nonstick spray. In a separate bowl, place berries and pour the lemon juice on top of them. Combine sugar and cornstarch, add to berries and stir gently. Place berries in the 9 x 9 pan. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add butter cutting in with pastry blender or two knives. Continue to cut butter in flour mixture until it resembles fine crumbs. Add heavy whipping cream and combine to form a dough. It will be sticky. Drop by teaspoons full on top of berries. Sprinkle dough topping with 1/4 cup sugar. Bake for 50 minutes or until top is brown and berries are bubbling. Serve warm with ice cream. Enjoy!

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Berries with lemon juice and sugar/cornstarch mixture.

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Hot cobbler right out of the oven.

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The only way I eat cobbler! Yum!

Bite Me Watermelon


I love fresh fruit and watermelon is one of my favorites. This is a recipe for a savory watermelon and it can be made with or without alcohol. What a great treat to enjoy after a day in the sun or poolside.

Ingredients:
1/2 seedless watermelon, cut in bite size pieces
2 limes, juiced*
2 generous pinches of kosher salt, or more to taste
4 tablespoons of tequila, optional
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, more for garnish

In a large bowl, add all ingredients. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours.

*I roll my citrus fruit on the counter with a firm hand and microwave for 15 seconds a piece to achieve maximum juice.

All watermelons do not grow the same size. The quantities in this recipe might need to be adjusted up or down depending on the size of the melon. I actually used a quarter slice when making this recipe. Enjoy!

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Tipsy Fruit Salsa


I was invited to an April Fools Day Food Blogger Party. Thank you Rowdy Baker for the invitation! If I participated, the ingredients had to be crazy. Or I did! I think I nailed it. My strawberries were so big and full of juice, they almost colored everything red. I really like this salsa. It’s different and combines the combination I love the most, sweet and salty. I hope you enjoy this as much I as do.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups strawberries, diced chunky
1 peach (I used some slices thawed from frozen), diced chunky
1 jalapeño, diced fine (it’s up to you if you leave the seeds and membrane in)
1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
1 Haas avocado, diced chunky
The juice of 1 lime
1 shot of tequila, optional
3 Tablespoons of chopped cilantro, more for garnish
Several pinches of salt
Tortilla chips

In a large bowl, cut up fruit and set aside. Using a food processor, finely dice jalapeño and red onion. Add to fruit mixture. Add a good pinch of salt. If this mixture has too much liquid, place everything in a strainer and drain the juice. Dice up your avocado and place in a separate bowl. Add a pinch of salt to the avocado. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the avocado. Add into fruit mixture. Add cilantro and tequila. Toss lightly and strain. You do not want to soak your fruit salsa in alcohol, just give it the taste of tequila. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

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