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Creamy Grape Salad

Creamy Grape Salad is the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and refreshing! Crunchy grapes, tangy cream cheese, and toasted pecans make this easy salad a delightful side dish or dessert.

Close up of creamy grape salad in a white serving bowl, topped with toasted pecans

I first tried this Creamy Grape Salad a few years ago at my aunt’s house. Her mother-in-law brought it over for a birthday celebration and I totally passed it up on the buffet table. Something about Creamy Grape Salad just didn’t really strike my fancy.

But then I started overhearing people rave about the grape salad, so I went back to the buffet table and scooped a small serving onto my plate. And let me tell you, it was love at first bite.

Ingredients for creamy grape salad arranged on a tile countertop

WHAT IS CREAMY GRAPE SALAD?

I know recipes like this really toe the line between side dish and dessert, but who doesn’t want an excuse to eat something sweet at dinner?

If your family enjoys Ambrosia Salad, then this Creamy Grape Salad might be familiar to you. 

This grape salad combines red and green grapes with cream cheese, sour cream, pecans, and just enough sugar to balance out the tanginess of the dairy. The result is a salad that can be served as a side dish or a dessert.

Spatula stirring together the ingredients for the base dressing of creamy grape salad

I love making this recipe all year long, but I think it’s especially delicious when the weather is warm. I love grapes as a snack during the summer, so the way they pop in this salad makes it the perfect dish to make for a summer cookout or potluck.

Just make sure you get really firm grapes for this recipe. No one likes mushy grapes to begin with, and you really don’t want them in your grape salad. You want the texture of the grapes to really pop in contrast with the crunchy pecans and creamy dressing!

Spatula about to fold red and green grapes into a dressing for creamy grape salad

HOW TO MAKE MY GRAPE SALAD RECIPE

To make my Creamy Grape Salad, you’ll need:

  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups seedless firm red grapes, washed and dried
  • 2 cups seedless firm green grapes, washed and dried
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted 
Mixed together creamy grape salad in a mixing bowl, about to be topped with brown sugar

If you can’t find both red and green grapes, just one or the other will work, but I do like this salad best with both varieties!

Start by beating together the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer for 5 minutes. Then add in the sour cream and mix until it is smooth and creamy.

Gently fold in the grapes until they’re evenly coated with the cream cheese mixture. Place the salad in your final serving bowl, then sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of the salad.

Spoon sprinkling brown sugar over the top of creamy grape salad

Cover and refrigerate the salad for at least 3 hours before serving.

I know that sounds weird – you don’t mix the brown sugar in! But there’s something magical that happens when you let the brown sugar sit on top of the salad while it chills. I just need you to trust me on this one.

I love topping the salad with some lightly toasted pecans just before serving. If you want, you could chop up some candied pecans and use those instead.

3/4 view of creamy grape salad in a white serving bowl, surrounded by grapes and a bowl of pecans

MORE SWEET SALAD RECIPES

Whether you want to call them a side dish or a dessert, these sweet salad recipes are just what you need for your end of summer cookout or next family holiday meal.

Two small bowls filled with creamy grape salad next to forks on a tiled countertop
Close up of creamy grape salad in a white serving bowl, topped with toasted pecans

Creamy Grape Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Creamy Grape Salad is the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and refreshing! Crunchy grapes, tangy cream cheese, and toasted pecans make this easy salad a delightful side dish or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups seedless firm red grapes, washed and dried
  • 2 cups seedless firm green grapes, washed and dried
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted - optional

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl every couple of minutes to make sure everything is incorporated. Add in sour cream and mix until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Gently fold the grapes into the cream cheese mixture until they are evenly coated. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. If desired, top with chopped pecans just before serving

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 303Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 46mgSodium 102mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 1gSugar 30gProtein 3g

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Suzanne

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

I am definitely going to try this. The first time I had it was at the Chicken Salad Chick chain. It is my favorite!

Jamie

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

I hope you love it!

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