Grape Salad Recipe

Grape Salad Recipe – Grape salad makes an easy and delicious side dish or dessert! Creamy, crunchy and made with just 5 ingredients! It is family favorite recipe!

Grape Salad Recipe - Grape salad makes an easy and delicious side dish or dessert! Creamy, crunchy and made with just 5 ingredients! It is family favorite recipe! // addapinch.com

Grape salad is one dish I could always guarantee would be served at our family reunions when I was growing up. Usually, it would be stuck on the backside of the long counter of the church fellowship hall beside the relish trays. But I have to tell you, it was one of the dishes that I looked for every year. I sought it out like my life depended on it. Creamy and delicious, each bite has a fresh burst of sweet grapes combined with the tangy dressing on the salad. It is always a family favorite!ย 

Grape Salad Recipe

Grape Salad Recipe - Grape salad makes an easy and delicious side dish or dessert! Creamy, crunchy and made with just 5 ingredients! It is family favorite recipe! // addapinch.com

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What is Grape Salad?

Grape Salad is a side dish or dessert made of fresh grapes, cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla extract, and then topped with a bit of brown sugar. If you like pecans, you can absolutely include those but if you aren’t a fan or are taking to a reunion, wedding or baby shower, picnic or potluck where someone may have a nut allergy, I would recommend simply omitting them. In place of the pecans, you could include toffee bits if you’d like.

 

Grape Salad Recipe - Grape salad makes an easy and delicious side dish or dessert! Creamy, crunchy and made with just 5 ingredients! It is family favorite recipe! // addapinch.com

For the grapes, I like to use a mixture of different colors of seedless grapes – red, green, and black. The key is to make sure that the grapes are as fresh as possible; yet as sweet as possible. That way, you can rely on the natural sweetness of the grapes rather than having to include a sweetener in the creamy dressing on the grapes.

You can use your grapes whole or slice in half. However you prefer makes for the best way! ๐Ÿ™‚

Grape Salad Recipe - Grape salad makes an easy and delicious side dish or dessert! Creamy, crunchy and made with just 5 ingredients! It is family favorite recipe! // addapinch.com

 

How Do You Make Grape Salad?

Grapes. ย To make the grape salad, you’ll wash and dry your grapes and then add them to a large mixing bowl.

Dressing. In another smaller bowl, mix together your cream cheese and sour cream. Next, pour in a bit of vanilla extract. The vanilla adds so much flavor! Combine all of the ingredients and then add to your grapes. Mix well to make sure all of your grapes are coated and then cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for eight hours to chill and set.

Topping.ย Before serving, remove from the refrigerator and top with the brown sugar and optional toppings of pecans or toffee bits, if using.

Grape salad is best served cold which makes it a refreshing treat throughout the warmer months. It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, making it a great make-ahead recipe perfect for serving at any gathering.

Grape Salad Recipe - Grape salad makes an easy and delicious side dish or dessert! Creamy, crunchy and made with just 5 ingredients! It is family favorite recipe! // addapinch.com

Here’s my recipe for Grape Salad. I hope you make it soon! It’s perfect for wedding and baby showers, tailgating, picnics, reunions, and everything in between!

Grape Salad Recipe

Grape Salad Recipe - Grape salad makes an easy and delicious side dish or dessert! Creamy, crunchy and made with just 5 ingredients! It is family favorite recipe! 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Robyn Stone

Ingredients

  • 4 cups seedless grapes washed, dried, with stems removed
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar depending on the sweetness of your grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

Instructions

  • Add grapes to a large bowl. Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Pour over grapes and stir until well-coated.
  • Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator and top with brown sugar and toasted pecan pieces, if using. Serve cold.

Notes

Time does not include chilling time prior to serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3.7% | Vitamin C: 2.6% | Calcium: 3.5% | Iron: 2.1%
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

32 comments on “Grape Salad Recipe”

  1. Yummm!! I remember my mom making a grape salad, that I wasn’t a huge fan of – but hers was really fussy … adding nuts and raisins. I’ll have to give your recipe a try, it looks so refreshing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • My aunts included nuts and a brown sugar topping that I always picked off. It just seemed to take away from the grapes. Even as a child, I wasn’t a fan of the topping for this salad. I like this simpler version. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you like it, too!

  2. I’ve never heard of any such thing, but I love that it’s so different. I often get sick of the same old fruit salad again and again.

  3. This salad is a staple at our family gatherings too…my husband’s cousin always makes it, no one else knows the recipe. Perhaps I’ll use yours, and casually show up with it at the next family event…surely no one will be offended? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Well, this version is definitely a little different from the one that includes the pecans and brown sugar. So…. you could just say you made a “lighter” version. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and the honey changes it up a bit, too.

  4. Grape Salad is a staple in our home for special occasions but I don’t think I could have it without the brown sugar/pecan topping. That is my favorite part. I’ve even had one where crumbled bacon was added to the topping. The salty-sweet combo was fantastic!

    • My Daddy was the same way, he loved the topping. I would scrape it to the side and he would eat mine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, that bacon version could easily have changed my mind!

  5. this salad makes a yummy dessert too ๐Ÿ™‚ great clicks…

  6. Um, OKAY! This looks so so so good. Firm grapes are one of the treasures of life. You rock.

  7. Robyn, this sounds fabulous! I am going to make for my kids this week, I am sure they will be thrilled!

  8. What a perfect recipe for a hot summer day. I cannot wait to try it!

  9. Since you made this I have another salad I want to ask you about…did you ever eat pineapple cheese salad as a kid? My granny used to make it and now that I think about it, I can’t believe I ate it! I am not sure of the total recipe, and that’s why I’m asking. I think it was a piece of lettuce, a ring of pineapple, mayo, shredded cheddar cheese and a cherry on top. Ring any bells? This grape salad sounds like what my other grandmother used to make, so now I’m going to try it! So excited- bring back memories!

    • Oh my goodness, Melissa! I did eat it as a kid! We also still eat pear salad with the same thing – mayo, shredded cheese, and a cherry on top. It’s one of my brother-in-law’s favorite dishes.

  10. That recipe looks so good and I have never tasted it. How many tablespoons is that for the two ounces?

  11. Oh! My! Oh! My! That sounds fantastic..it would make a great recipe for keeping in the fridge to snack on!! So many suggestions for add-ins it would be like a different salad a week!!!!! We used to have the pineapple salad often, but somehow it fell thru the crack..will have to make it again, and the pear salad. This is one way to get more fruit in our diet. Thanks so much!!! Have a great weekend!!!!

    • Thanks so much, Mary. It is great to just have in the refrigerator for snacking! I can’t wait to hear how you like it. Hope you have a great weekend.

  12. What a refreshing recipe! Perfect for those upcoming warm days & nights! Thanks for sharing.

  13. I have never made this before, but I think I will change that today. Honey and grapes, it must be rally tasteful. Perfect recipe for this hot weather. Thanks a lot!

  14. I’m thinking of making this salad for my little girl’s birthday party. It seems like it would make a lot (asking for 4 lbs of grapes.) How many people would you say that this salad would serve? Also because I’m hoping kids will eat it, should I cut the grapes in half? Thanks!

  15. Loved this as a kid!! Still love it!! Yum! Thanks for reminding me!

  16. We love this grape salad but I made a little change. I use vanilla greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. It’s a delicious substitution and healthier I believe.

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