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Creamy Grape Salad

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Creamy Grape Salad is a study in contrasts - sweet and creamy, crispy and soft, nutty and fruity in one recipe. A hit for potluck dinners!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Creamy grape salad in a serving dish with a spoon.

My Creamy Grape Salad is a study in contrasts – sweet and creamy, crispy and soft, nutty and fruity all in one recipe. It’s a delightful side dish for a summer cookout or to take to a potluck dinner.

If you haven’t heard of southern grape salad before, do I have a treat waiting for you! This unusual combination of cream cheese, sour cream, brown sugar, and toasted pecans with fresh grapes will excite your taste buds with its sweet-tart-crispy-crunchy combination.

Creamy grape salad in a serving dish with a spoon.

I enjoy the mixture of textures as much as the variety of flavors in this salad. The crisp red and green grapes pair perfectly with the crunchy toasted pecans and the smooth cream cheese mixture.

Grape salad with cream cheese is a favorite for family get-togethers, lunch with friends, or to take to new neighbors on the block.

Why We Love This Recipe


  • No Cooking Required
  • Quick and Easy
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Make-Ahead

About the Ingredients


All ingredients needed for grape salad.
  • Grapes (I often use a mixture of green and red grapes for this southern grape salad. Choose any seedless grapes that are fresh and crisp.)
  • Cream Cheese (The most important thing to remember in making this recipe is to have the cream cheese at room temperature.)
  • Toasted Pecans (Substitute walnuts if you prefer. Nuts are easy to toast in a skillet over medium-low heat or in the oven at 350 for a few minutes.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Southern Grape Salad


There are a couple of quick items of prep work you’ll need to do before you start making the recipe.

  • First, take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator so it can come to room temperature (it’ll take about 30 minutes).
  • Second, toast the pecans. You can toast pecans quickly in a dry skillet over medium heat (just stir them frequently for about 5 minutes or until you smell a roasted nut aroma, or put them in the oven in a shallow pan at 350 for about 5 minutes). Let the nuts cool to room temperature.

STEP 1. Remove the grapes from their vines. Wash thoroughly with cold water. Allow the grapes to dry completely before proceeding with the recipe. 

TIP: Spread the grapes out on a layer of paper towel to speed up the drying time.

Cream cheese and sour cream in a mixing bowl.
STEP 2.
Cream cheese and sour cream after beating.
STEP 2.

STEP 2. Add the cream cheese and sour cream to a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium-low speed (or a wooden spoon or spatula) to mix until thoroughly combined and no lumps remain.

Vanilla and sugar added to the bowl.
STEP 3.
Vanilla and sugar after mixing.
STEP 3.

STEP 3. Add the sugar and vanilla to the cream cheese mixture. Beat until well incorporated.

Grapes added to cream cheese mixture.
STEP 4.
Grapes folded into cream cheese mixture.
STEP 4.

STEP 4. Add the dry grapes to the cream cheese mixture. Fold until the grapes are completely coated.

TIP: If the grapes are wet, the cream cheese mixture won’t adhere.

STEP 5. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour and up to three hours.

STEP 6. When ready to serve, garnish with chopped, toasted pecans and brown sugar.

Options


  • Substitute plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
  • If serving children, consider cutting the grapes in half before mixing them into the recipe.
  • Pecans can be expensive in some areas. Walnuts are a good substitute.
  • Toffee Bits are a fun addition in place of the brown sugar topping.

Recipe Tips


  • Be sure to use seedless grapes.
  • The salad may be served immediately, but a couple of hours of chilling time improves the flavors.
  • The grapes must be completely dry for the creamy dressing to adhere to them.
  • Using full-fat sour cream and cream cheese will result in the best consistency.
Creamy grape salad in a serving dish with a spoon.

Storage


This easy grape salad is best prepared and enjoyed the same day. Leftovers can be stored for a short time in an airtight container in the refrigerator but the cream cheese mixture begins to thin out and become watery after a day.

How to Make Ahead


You can make your grape salad up to three hours ahead and let it chill until you’re ready to serve.

A serving of grape salad in a white bowl.

How to Prep Ahead


To prepare the salad more than a few hours in advance, I’d advise washing and drying the grapes and making the cream cheese and sour cream mixture. Store these in separate containers and combine them an hour or two ahead of serving time.

Questions


Is this grape salad a dessert or a salad?

Whether or not southern grape salad is actually a salad or a dessert is certainly debatable. I classify this as a fruit salad, but it could easily be thought of as a dessert with the sweet cream cheese component. I think it makes a great side dish counterpoint to a typical southern barbecue or fish fry. I say serve it any way you like! 

What can I serve this with?

You can serve creamy grape salad with almost anything! We really enjoy it as a side dish with a pulled pork sandwich or with fried chicken and potato salad

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Recipe

Creamy grape salad in a serving dish with a spoon.

Creamy Grape Salad

Creamy Grape Salad is a study in contrasts – sweet and creamy, crispy and soft, nutty and fruity in one recipe. A hit for potluck dinners!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Desserts, Salads, Side Dishes
Cuisine: American, Southern, Vintage
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time:: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds seedless green grapes (about 5 cups)
  • 2 pounds seedless red grapes (about 5 cups)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans chopped

Instructions

  • Remove the grapes fom the vines. Wash thoroughly with cold water. Allow the grapes to dry completely before proceeding with the recipe.
  • Add the cream cheese and sour cream to a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer (or wooden spoon or spatula) on medium-low speed to mix until thoroughly combined and no lumps remain.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the cream cheese mixture. Beat until well incorporated.
  • Add the dry grapes to the cream cheese mixture. Fold until the grapes are completely coated.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour and up to three hours.
  • When ready to serve, garnish with chopped, toasted pecans and brown sugar.

Notes

Recipe Tips:
  • Spread the grapes out on a layer of paper towel to speed up the drying time.
  • Be sure to use seedless grapes.
  • The salad may be served immediately, but a couple of hours of chilling time improves the flavors.
  • Using full-fat sour cream and cream cheese will result in the best consistency.
Storage:
This easy grape salad is best prepared and enjoyed the same day. Leftovers can be stored for a short time in an airtight container in the refrigerator but the cream cheese mixture begins to thin out and become watery after a day.
To Prep Ahead:
To prepare the salad more than a few hours in advance, wash and dry the grapes and make the cream cheese and sour cream mixture. Store these in separate containers and combine them an hour or two ahead of serving time.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 497IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have eaten this before and loved it. Very good on a hot day on the patio. I never had the recipe and so happy that you now have it available. Thanks ever so much.