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. Crisp grapes Topped with chopped pecans, this salad has the perfect balance!
Easy Grape Salad
Got fresh 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.
The first time I saw it I thought “this can’t be a real salad” but I was totally wrong.
Filled with plump and tart grapes, mixed in a sweet and creamy dressing and sprinkled with brown sugar and crunchy pecans, this grape salad is an easy recipe and perfect for any occasion!
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 plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream.
Cream Cheese – Make sure you allow the cream cheese to soften or it won’t mix evenly and form clumps. You can use fat free or reduced fat cream cheese.
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 – For this grape salad, 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!
Vanilla Extract – Adds a little extra flavor but totally optional.
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How to make Grape Salad
First: Prep your grapes. Once they are washed and dried, pluck them from the stems and cut in half if so desired.
Second: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer or hand mixer. Mix until light and fluffy.
Third: 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, cover and refrigerate until ready to enjoy. When ready to serve, unwrap, sprinkle with brown sugar and toasted pecans!
For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.
What can you do with a lot of grapes?
This grape salad recipe is perfect for using up pounds of grapes! Other than snacking on them plain I don’t think there is a better way to eat them.
Can I freeze grape salad?
This recipe does not do well frozen. The grapes will burst when thawed and the salad will get very watery.
How long does grape salad last?
This will last for a few days in the fridge if wrapped tightly in an airtight container. Just be sure to give it a quick stir before topping with nuts and sugar and serving.
Can I substitute the pecans?
I like toasted pecans but feel free to switch things up and use walnuts, almonds, or even sunflower seeds. Any of these will taste great and look pretty on top of the salad.
Tips for No Leftovers
- a lot of recipes use whole grapes. I prefer to cut mine in half to avoid a choking hazard
- try topping with toffee bits or crushed heath bars
- be sure to use seedless grapes. picking seeds out of your teeth is never fun. Feel free to use your favorite type of grape
- 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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This creamy grape salad recipe is one of my favorite recipes is not your average fruit salad. It’s perfect for so many occasions! Serve it as a side dish or a dessert.
- 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)
- Rinse, dry, and slice your grapes in half. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons brown sugar.
- Mix to completely combine.
- Add in the grapes and stir to evenly coat them.
- If ready to serve, sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and toasted pecans.
- If making ahead, cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. When serving, sprinkle with brown sugar and toasted pecans. Enjoy!
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
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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