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.
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!
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.