Grape Salad

Grape Salad

Ah, but Annie, um….this isn’t real grape salad. 

Truth, but grape salad isn’t real salad.

I first sampled grape salad this past July at a baby shower. It was my second day in Ohio, so I mentally classified it as a Midwestern dish.  I want to tread carefully here, since a highly respected publication made a similar declaration a year or two ago, and received a harsh scolding.

But I’d never even heard of it before I stepped foot in Ohia, (not  typo) so to me it’s a Midwestern thing. Pronouncing words that end with “O” as if they ended with “A” is both a Midwestern thing and a southern thing. Carrbora for Carrboro. Greensbara for Greensboro (can you tell that I still miss NC?)

Even though I still miss Raleigh terribly, I promised Jason that I’d work harder at being comfortable here. Thus the grape salad. It’s a piece offering to Ohio. Sort of.

It’s also a very New Year’s dish. Eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight is apparently a Spanish tradition, one grape for each month to bring you good luck. Probably thought up by some genius parents who didn’t want to share their vino. Hey why don’t you kids eat some grapes and then go to bed, mmmkay?

I don’t know why Spanish parents sound like Mr. Mackey from South Park. It just seemed to fit.

Traditionally, grape salad is supposed to have sour cream and cream cheese, pecans and walnuts and heaps and heaps of sugar.

I traded the sour cream and cream cheese for nonfat Greek yogurt, and traded the nuts and brown sugar for….uh…. oatmeal cookies.

But the cookies really work here, trust me.

I threw the Greek yogurt into the ice cream churner with a little bit of lemon juice and sugar, and it came out tasting exactly like the tart flavor from the yogurt shop. I only ever get tart if they are out of tarro, which is my all-time fave. But tart is pretty good too, and it’s easy to reproduce at home.

The tart, cold, creamy yogurt is a perfect complement to the bright sweet grapes and the chewy oatmeal cookies. And then I threw in some nuts because salty and sweet is almost always a good idea.

Grape Salad

P.S. Happy New Year, everyone. If your 2015 wasn’t great, here’s to a fresh start. I’m ready.

Grape Salad


  • 2 cups grapes, sliced
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup peanuts
  • oatmeal cookies (recipe below, or use your favorite recipe)
  • 3 cups plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • oatmeal cookies
  • 1/2 cup of cup to cup gluten free flour blend (I used Bob's in the blue bag)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp oil


  1. preheat oven to 375
  2. Combine flax and water and allow to sit for a few minutes
  3. Combine the flour, oats, spices and salt.
  4. Add in the milk, sugar, oil, and flax mix.
  5. Drop in teaspoonfuls on lined tray and bake for about 10 minutes
  6. yields about 18 cookies
  7. Salad
  8. Combine the yogurt, the sugar, and the lemon juice. Pour into and ice cream maker and churn per manufacturer's instructions, or until it becomes the consistency of soft serve.
  9. Crumble the cookies.
  10. Layer ice cream, then grapes, then cookies, then nuts. Repeat.
  11. Enjoy immediately.


If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can just skip that step and use cold yogurt.

Flax + water in mix in cookies may be substituted for 1 egg white

You can also use your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, but omit the raisins, or use leftover Christmas cookies

The cookie recipe was adapted from the Betty Crocker Cooky Book

If you have leftover ice cream, do not store in freezer, as it will crystallize. Let it instead return to its previous state.

4 thoughts on “Grape Salad

  1. Awww, I totally understand the adjustment phase to a new state/city. Hello, my continued hatred for Arizona even though I left two years ago? Yes. It is hard to adjust but I applaud you for your effort. And my mom actually lives in Ohio, but I have never heard of this grape salad. I like the sound of the greek yogurt and the oatmeal cookies though, and that new years tradition of eating 12 grapes is so cute! Will need to implement next year.

    1. Thanks lady! I’ve been trying to keep my chin up, but it’s not always easy. I don’t think I would care much for Arizona either, pavement melting onto my shoes is not may favorite thing.

    1. Thanks, Annie! It’s totally craveable….okay why is my spell check telling me that craveable is not a word??

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