Easy Grape Salad {Dessert Salad}

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.

plate of grape salad with fork

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Got Grapes?

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
  • pecans
  • vanilla

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!

grapes salad in a bowl

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.

grape salad in a bowl

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.

grape salad on a plate with a wood spoon

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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grapes with text "the best grape salad"

Other salads to try

Grape Salad with Cream Cheese Recipe

bowl of grape salad

Grape Salad

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups green grapes (rinsed, dried, sliced in half)
  • 3 cups red grapes (rinsed, dried, sliced in half)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans (roughly chopped)

Instructions

  1. Rinse, dry, and slice your grapes in half. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons brown sugar.
  3. Mix to completely combine.
  4. Add in the grapes and stir to evenly coat them.
  5. If ready to serve, sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and toasted pecans.
  6. If making ahead, cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. When serving, sprinkle with brown sugar and toasted pecans. Enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g

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