Creamy delicious Grape Salad Recipe filled with red and green grapes and covered in a silky smooth cream cheese dressing. Sprinkled with brown sugar and crunchy chopped pecans, serve this sweet fruit salad as a side dish or as a dessert.
Easy Grape Salad Recipe
If you’re new to the wonderful world of creamy fruit “salads”, welcome! I’m relatively new here myself, as I was always raised eating salads with lettuce or some other leafy green. Sometimes my parents got adventurous and made chicken salad, egg salad, or bean salad, but a creamy grape salad? Not once. A Midwestern staple – the birthplace of both my parents – this makes zero sense. Sheltered from so much of my Midwest heritage, it wasn’t until a small family reunion in Iowa several years ago that I learned about the other, much sweeter, type of salad.
Grape salads are less of a “salad” and more of a sweet side dish or special dessert. Made with grapes and a delicious combination of cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract, it’s basically a cheesecake fruit salad. Minus the graham cracker crust.
Best served chilled, it’s especially delicious served on a hot summer day.
Ready in no-time, feel free to customize how much sugar is added to the cream cheese dressing and how much brown sugar is sprinkled over the top. Personalize with seasonal fruits like blueberries, mangoes, or strawberries, add a little shredded coconut, or sprinkle with all your favorite nuts or seeds. For an extra sweet treat, crush up and sprinkle your favorite candy bar over the top, like Butterfingers or Snickers, toffee bits and caramel!
Ingredients & Frequently Asked Questions
- Sour cream
- Cream cheese
- Brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
What grapes should I use to make this grape salad recipe?
You may use any color grape (red grapes, green grapes, purple grapes, etc), just be sure that they are all seedless and labeled, “seedless green grapes” or “red seedless grapes”.
Is there a substitute for sour cream?
While I don’t recommend substituting anything for the cream cheese, you can swap Greek yogurt or cool whip for the sour cream.
My cream cheese is so hard! Help!
Before even trying to mix your cream cheese with the other ingredients, it needs to be brought to room temperature. The easiest way to do this is to remove it from the refrigerator an hour or so before you plan to use it. If you need it right away, you can also zap it in the microwave.
- Remove the cream cheese from the box and foil packaging and place it on a microwave-safe plate or bowl.
- Microwave at 10-second intervals until the cream cheese is softened and easy to spread.
Can I make this grape salad ahead of time?
Yes. While you can make this recipe the night before, I find that it’s best to make 1-2 hours before serving, chill in the refrigerator, and then (just before serving) top with crushed pecans and brown sugar.
Can I cut my grapes in half?
Yes. I especially recommend slicing your grapes in half if you plan to serve this to small children.
How to Make Grape Salad
1. Use an electric hand mixer to mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, and teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Note- if the cream cheese is not thoroughly softened, your cream cheese dressing will turn out lumpy.
2. Thoroughly wash and dry your grapes – I like to soak my grapes in a large bowl of cold water with 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Then, add the grapes to the prepared cream cheese mixture and gently toss to coat.
3. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. When ready to serve, sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans. Serve and enjoy.
A perfect cold and creamy fruit salad to serve at family get-togethers and summer potlucks.
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Grape Salad Recipe
- Add the cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Thoroughly wash and dry your grapes. Add the grapes to the prepared cream cheese mixture and gently toss to coat.
- Transfer to a large serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until ready to serve.
- Remove from the refrigerator and sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans. Serve and enjoy.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)