grape salad with candied almonds

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This is a light and refreshing salad. Surprisingly, it’s not sweet at all but tart, with crunchy lightly sweet candied nuts on top.

Grape Salad with Candied Almonds (adapted from Eating Well)

Candied Nuts
1/2 cup chopped nuts (e.g. almonds, macadamias, pecans, or walnuts)
2 teaspoons water
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
Pinch of salt

Grape Salad
1/2 cup Greek Style yogurt (I used yogurt instead of sour cream)
4 ounces (115g) cream cheese, at room temperature (original recipe: Neufchatel cheese)
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups seedless grapes, preferably red and green (about 2 pounds), washed and patted dry with paper towels

Preparation
To prepare nuts:

1. Line a small baking pan with parchment paper or foil; coat with cooking spray. Preheat
oven to 400°F.
2. Toss nuts in a bowl with water. Sprinkle with brown sugar and salt; toss to coat well. Transfer to the
prepared pan. Bake until the sugar is melted and the nuts are barely starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
3. Cool in the pan until the sugar hardens, about 6 minutes.

To prepare salad:

Meanwhile, combine yogurt, cream cheese, honey and vanilla in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. Transfer sauce to a large bowl. If the sauce is runny,  thicken it by putting the bowl in the fridge for about 1/2 hour. Add dry grapes and gently stir to coat the grapes in the sauce. Transfer to a serving dish. Crumble the candied nuts on top just before serving.

 

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