The Best Grape Salad Recipe – Everyone loves this classic sweet, crunchy, cool, and creamy grape salad! It’s a deliciously fun side dish for picnics and potlucks or any casual gathering.

Close top down view salad made with green and red grapes, cream cheese, and pecans.

Why We Love This Recipe

Creamy Grape Salad is a very old-school southern side dish that falls somewhere in the family of deli case salads like Waldorf Salad, Ambrosia Marshmallow Fluff Salad, and Pineapple Cream Salad recipes.

It consists of fresh seedless grapes in any color or blend of colors, soften cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and a little vanilla extract. The cream cheese and sour cream create a super creamy sweet “dressing“ that coats the grapes. Then pecans are lightly toasted and then candied to sprinkle over the top to add a little crunch. (In a pinch, you can buy pre-made candied pecans to sprinkle over the top but it’s easy to do at home with very little effort!)

This fun salad is a great addition to any meal when you need a simple side dish, especially something a little sweet, a dessert salad. It’s a nice surprise and a true crowd-pleaser!

Grape salad in a white bowl, topped with crunchy chopped pecans.

Ingredients You Need

  • Seedless grapes – both green grapes and red grapes are best
  • Cream cheese – softened
  • Sour cream – or Greek yogurt
  • Sugarsgranulated white and light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract – balances the sweetness
  • Pecans – chopped (or walnuts)
  • Salt – just a pinch
Green bunch and red bunch in a large white bowl.

How to Make Creamy Grape Salad

Remove the grapes from the grapevines and place them in a colander. Rinse well. Then gently pat dry with paper towels.

Place the grapes in a large bowl.

Green and red grapes, removed from the stems, in a white bowl.

Set out a second medium-sized bowl. Add the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high with an electric hand mixer until very smooth. Then beat in the sour cream. Scrape the bowl and beat again to make sure there are no clumps present. 

Scoop the cream cheese mixture over the grapes.

Pouring the cream cheese mixture into the fruit bowl.

Gently fold to coat all the grapes in the creamy dressing. Cover and refrigerate.

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Everything tossed together in a white bowl.

Set a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped pecans, brown sugar, and a good pinch of salt to the skillet. Stir the pecans in the molten sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are very well coated.

Toasting pecans in a black nonstick skiller.

Turn off the heat and allow the nuts to rest for a minute. Lay out a sheet of wax paper and dump the candied pecans out on the wax paper.

When they are cool enough to touch, break the candy pecans apart. Allow them to cool to room temperature, then place them in a Ziploc bag and store them until ready to serve.

Close top down view salad made with green and red grapes, cream cheese, and pecans.

When ready to enjoy, remove the fruit salad from the refrigerator and sprinkle the candy pecans over the top!

Side view of creamy salad with grapes in a white bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this sweet side dish with your favorite southern mains. It goes great with classics like Coca-Cola Baked Ham or Grilled Ham Steaks, Easy Smoked Pork Chops, Best Fried Chicken, or Slow Cooker Smoked Pulled Pork.

Bring a big bowl of chilled grape salad to go alongside other potluck and picnic favorites! Check out these old-fashioned recipes that are always a hit:

Side view of grape salad in a white bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is grape salad healthy?

Well, no, not exactly. The grapes are full of healthy vitamins and minerals. And pecans are chockfull of heart-healthy fats and protein. But then there is a good amount of added sugar, plus less-healthy fats in the cream cheese and sour cream dressing. This salad isn’t meant to be healthy, it is meant to be delicious!

Can you make this recipe in advance?

Yes! It’s great to prepare the night or two before or a few hours before you plan to serve.

How long does grape salad last in the refrigerator?

Cover the bowl or transfer the salad to an airtight container. It keeps well for up to a week in the fridge.

Top down final view of metal spoon with spoonful of finished creamy grape salad recipe, showing the spoon to camera.

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Cool and Creamy Grape Salad Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Everyone loves this classic sweet, crunchy, cool and creamy grape salad! It's a deliciously fun side dish for picnics and potlucks, or any casual gathering.
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Remove the grapes from the grapevines and place in a colander. Rinse well. Then gently pat dry with paper towels. Place the grapes in a large salad bowl.
  • Set out a second medium-sized bowl. Add the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high with an electric hand mixer until very smooth. Then beat in the sour cream. Scrape the bowl and beat again to make sure there are no clumps present.
  • Scoop the cream cheese mixture over the grapes and gently fold to coat all the grapes in creamy dressing. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Set a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped pecans, brown sugar, and a good pinch of salt to the skillet. Stir the pecans in the molten sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are very well coated.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the nuts to rest for a minute. Lay out a sheet of wax paper and dump the candied pecans out on the wax paper. When they are cool enough to touch, break the candy pecans apart. Allow them to cool to room temperature, then place in a Ziploc bag and store until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve this grape salad, remove from the refrigerator and sprinkle the candy pecans over the top!

Video

Notes

Store for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 201kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 59mg, Potassium: 296mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 246IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Sommer Collier
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