Retro Recipe: Grape Salad Basics

Because there is always room for dessert. Plus I had this great “new” dish and it was begging to be used for something!


Grape salad is a retro potluck staple and you can find recipes all over the internet, your community or church cookbook, or from ANY grandmother. Everyone is going to have their favorite variation. Here’s the basics and you can add whatever pizzaz to yours that you’d like!

2 medium sized apples – I used Crisp Pink
2 Cups mixed grapes, halved
Optional – poppy seeds, pecans and/or almonds

1/2 block of soft cream cheese
4oz of sour cream
1 Cup white granulated sugar

Combine all dressing ingredients with a hand mixer until fully incorporated. Stir in salad components. Garnish with additional options like nuts. Serve chilled.

This is best if you make and refrigerate it the evening before you intend on eating it.

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And I know some of you are thinking SOUR CREAM?? Yes! I promise it’s smoother and works better with the fruit than the cool whip versions that I’ve had.

I hope you enjoy!


Around Town: Vintage Strings at Carter Vintage Guitars

I got to take a sneak peak at a music shop that specializes in vintage stringed instruments in Nashville, Tn down by the ever expanding Gulch area. So many lovely things that dazzle.  If you are in the Nashville area I highly recommend that you go take a look at their beautiful vintage instruments.

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Carter Vintage Guitars is owned by Christie and Walter Carter. They are having a Grande Opening Celebration on October 5th. You can visit them in person at 625 Eighth Avenue South, Nashville Tn 37205 or online at