Grape Salad

My favorite grape salad: sweet, creamy vanilla cream cheese dressing coats tart green grapes and sweet red grapes, topped with sparkling brown sugar and crunchy pecans. A delicious dessert salad recipe that tastes like fruit-filled cheesecake!

What is Grape Salad?

Grape Salad is a sweet, dessert-inspired fruit salad that is made with fresh grapes and a creamy dressing consisting of sweetened vanilla cream cheese. It is tart, sweet, and creamy.

This grape salad recipe is often served in the summer at cookouts and picnics. It’s also a very popular side dish for Easter and Thanksgiving, especially in the Midwest and the South. Bring this dish to parties, potlucks, and more!

Grape Salad ingredients laid out on a table, including green grapes, red grapes, vanilla extract, sugar, cream cheese, pecans, brown sugar, and sour cream

What is in Grape Salad?

Grape salad ingredients include:

  • Grapes: if you’re a grape lover like me, you’ll know that each type of grape has it’s own personality and flavor profile. For the best taste, I use a combo of sweet red grapes and tart green grapes.
  • Cream cheese: be sure to soften your cream cheese to room temperature before starting this recipe.
  • Sour cream: this ingredient adds a delightful tanginess and extra cream factor to the sweetness of this recipe.
  • Sugar: just 1/4 cup of granulated sugar gives you the just-right sweetness for this recipe.
  • Vanilla: use pure vanilla to add the dessert-like factor to your salad.
  • Brown sugar: I like to sprinkle this on right before serving so I get that initial crunch and sparkle.
  • Pecans: I love the taste of slightly sweet pecans in my grape salad recipe, but you can use whatever nut you’d like. Try walnuts or cashews!

Tip!

You can soften your cream cheese by unwrapping it completely, then setting it on a microwave-safe dish and heating for 10 seconds, until soft but not melted.

How to Make Grape Salad

First, wash and dry the grapes. Then, destem the grapes, keeping grapes whole.

Second, best cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl using a hand mixer.

Two photos showing How to Make Grape Salad - adding cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and using a hand mixer to beat it all together

Third, add grapes and fold gently until coated in the sweetened cream cheese mixture.

Two photos showing How to Make this Grape Salad Recipe - adding red and green grapes to the sweetened dressing and folding to coat

Lastly, top grape salad with brown sugar and pecans. Enjoy!

Adding the topping of brown sugar and pecans on this fruit dessert

Demeter’s Tip

Use a hand mixer to beat the dressing ingredients together. Doing so by hand is very tedious and doesn’t result in a slightly whipped and delicious texture.

Grape Salad Recipe Variations

  • Add candy: Yes, you can make this fruit dip salad even more dessert-like by adding in chopped Snickers, Kit-Kats and more!
  • More Fruit: feel free to add in sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, etc.
  • Lighten it up: you can swap some or all of the sour cream with Greek yogurt for a lighter treat.
  • Graham it up: Top your grape salad with crushed graham crackers.
Close up of this grape salad recipe topped with pecans and brown sugar to balance the sour cream and cream cheese

Storing Q&A

  • How long is grape salad good for in the fridge? Grape salad is good for up to 3 days in the fridge.
  • How many cups of grapes are in 1 pound of grapes? 2 to 2 1/2 cups of grapes are in 1 lb. of grapes.
  • Can I make grape salad the night before? Yes, you can! It tastes even better when chilled overnight. I suggest not adding the topping until you’re ready to serve, however some people like the texture of liquidy brown sugar and soft pecans–it’s up to you.
  • How far ahead can I make grape salad? You can make grape salad 1 to 2 days ahead of time. Keep in mind, however, that it’s best day of or kept overnight.
This fruit-filled dessert served in a bowl with nuts and brown sugar on a summer picnic blanket

Summer Side Dishes

For something sweet, try my amazing Peanut Butter Dip and these super easy Frozen Yogurt Bites.

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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A serving bowl filled with Grape Salad coated in creamy vanilla dressing and packed with juicy red and green grapes topped with brown sugar and pecans

Grape Salad


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Description

My favorite grape salad: sweet, creamy vanilla cream cheese dressing coats tart green grapes and sweet red grapes, topped with sparkling brown sugar and crunchy pecans. A delicious dessert salad recipe that tastes like fruit-filled cheesecake!


Ingredients

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Ingredients

  • 4 pounds red and/or green seedless grapes, I used 2lbs of each
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry grapes, removing grapes from the stem and keeping grapes whole.
  2. Add cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract to a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until well combined. Doing this by hand is possible, but very long winded.
  3. Add grapes to the large bowl. Gently toss until grapes are fully coated in the mixture.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight, before serving. It’s also good right away if your grapes are already chilled.
  5. Top with brown sugar and pecans before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

It’s perfectly fine to make grape salad the night before. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I recommend adding the topping right before serving for intact brown sugar and crunchy pecans.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Salads, Dessert
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Southern, American

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10 Comments

  1. I took this to a pot luck dinner and it was devoured!! I can’t wait to make it again for my family!!!






  2. Oooh such a fun salad! I love the variety of textures and you had me at the sweet, creamy vanilla cream cheese dressing.






  3. This grape salad was absolutely delightful! I’ll be making it all summer and bringing it to the pool with us for snacks!