Grape Salad is a sweet and creamy side dish or dessert salad that is perfect for picnics, potlucks, pitch-ins, or a simple gathering of friends and family.
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I love finding new ways to enjoy my favorite foods! Grapes are one of my favorite fruits, sweet, tart, and plump.
It wasn’t until I moved to Georgia that I tried this amazing dessert salad.
Filled with plump and tart grapes, mixed in a sweet and creamy dressing, and sprinkled with brown sugar and pecans, this grape salad is perfect for any occasion!
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Grape Salad Ingredients
- grapes (red & green)
- cream cheese
- sour cream
- brown sugar
Grapes – I like to use a combination of red and green grapes but feel free to use your favorite ones. Just be sure they are seedless. Also, I like to cut mine in half but feel free to leave them whole if you like. Just beware of choking.
Sour Cream – Feel free to use full fat, reduced fat, or fat free. Or try Greek yogurt if you prefer.
Cream Cheese – Make sure you allow the cream cheese to soften or it won’t mix evenly and form clumps.
Brown Sugar – Feel free to use raw, Turbinado, or even coconut sugar. You can use white sugar of you like but the brown sugar adds more caramel flavors.
Pecans – You can switch up to your favorite nut. Just be sure to toast them to bring out even more nutty flavor. Toasted pecans are my favorite!
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How to make grape salad
STEP ONE: Prep your grapes. Once they are washed and dried, pluck them from the stems and cut in half if so desired.
STEP TWO: In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, and part of the brown sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.
STEP THREE: Gently fold the grapes into the cream cheese mixture, making sure to coat them all evenly. Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with nuts and brown sugar. Chill until ready to serve.
If you are not serving immediately, wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator until needed. When ready to serve, unwrap, sprinkle with brown sugar and toasted pecans!
What can I do with a lot of grapes?
This grape salad recipe is perfect for using up a large bunch of grapes!
Can I freeze it?
This recipe does not do well frozen. The grapes will burst when thawed and the salad will get very watery.
How long does it last?
This will last for a few days in the fridge if wrapped tightly. Just be sure to give it a quick stir before topping with nuts and sugar and serving.
Can I substitute a different nut?
I like toasted pecans but feel free to switch things up and use walnuts, almonds, or even sunflower seeds.
Tips for no leftover grape salad
- be sure to use seedless grapes. picking seeds out of your teeth is never fun.
- want to make it even lighter? use cool whip frozen whipped topping instead of sour cream.
- you can use grapes of just one color or you can use green and red grapes.
- keep the brown sugar and pecan topping separate until ready to serve to keep them from getting soggy.
- this is best enjoyed chilled but you can serve it at room temperature.
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