Easy Grape Salad Recipe

A recipe for Easy Grape Salad. It's sweet and creamy with loads of fresh grapes and crunchy nuts on top. Ready in just 5 minutes plus chilling time!

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A recipe for easy Grape Salad. It's sweet and creamy with loads of fresh grapes and crunchy nuts on top. Ready in just 5 minutes plus chilling time!
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This is definitely not your basic fruit salad, not by a long shot. And while technically it is a salad, this recipe does double duty as a dessert--especially when you read about how other cooks like to make it. (Hint: candy bars!)

A little advice for the wary: don't knock it 'til you try it. Because it's really, really good.

Making Easy Grape Salad for an easy potluck recipe to share with friends? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

Grape Salad Ingredients:

  • Grapes. Of course! Chilled red grapes (the sweetest you can find) preferably seedless. You can use tart green grapes, too, if that's what you prefer.
  • Cream cheese.
  • Sour cream.
  • Sugar.
  • Vanilla.
  • Brown sugar. For the topping.
  • Walnuts. Chopped and toasted nuts taste incredible and add a delightful crunch. So do pecans!

How to make Grape Salad

  1. Before you begin, make sure the grapes are washed and dried. If little ones are eating, you probably want to slice them in quarters (the long way) for safety.
  2. Then make the dressing. The cream cheese should be nice and soft before you start, otherwise it could get lumpy. Mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla. (Save the brown sugar for the topping.)
  3. Next, gently fold the grapes in the cream cheese mixture, then top with a mixture of chopped nuts and brown sugar (walnuts and pecans both taste delicious--it's entirely up to you).

A recipe for easy Grape Salad. It's sweet and creamy with loads of fresh grapes and crunchy nuts on top. Ready in just 5 minutes plus chilling time!

How to soften cream cheese

Unwrap your block of cream cheese completely (discarding the cardboard box and inner foil wrapper). Place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for about 15 seconds per 8 ounces of cream cheese.

How many cups are in a pound of grapes?

  • 1 pound of seedless grapes contains about 2 1/2 cups of grapes.
  • 1 pound of seeded grapes contains about 2 cups of grapes.

A recipe for easy Grape Salad. It's sweet and creamy with loads of fresh grapes and crunchy nuts on top. Ready in just 5 minutes plus chilling time!

How long do you chill grape salad?

Chill grape salad for at least one hour or overnight. Any leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator.

How to make Grape Salad without sour cream:

Making grape salad with Greek yogurt is a smart way to skip the sour cream and lighten up the calories, too. Reduced calorie cream cheese is another way to keep Grape Salad calories lower.

So, what are some other favorite ways to eat Easy Grape Salad?

You asked for it, so here they are! Grape Salad with a twist...

  • Grape Salad with Snickers. Yes, chopped up Snickers Bars are supposedly a must-have on this salad. Do what you must (but leave a comment about how it was!)
  • Heath Bar. Same as above! Supposedly the toffee from a Heath or chopped Butterfinger candy bar on the grapes is over the top delicious.
  • Grape Salad with strawberries. Natural, good-for-you fresh berries tossed in with the grapes, how can that taste anything but excellent?
  • Three Musketeers. At the risk of going into the "what's your favorite candy bar" debate, there are those out there who are very fond of  using the chopped Musketeers as a topping for grape salad.
  • Grape Salad with yogurt. Vanilla yogurt or plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt works just as well in this grape recipe.
  • Graham crackers. Crushed graham crackers as a topping on grape salad add a little sweetness, with or without the brown sugar topping.
  • How to serve Grape Salad:

This salad is at its best when placed on the table when its icy cold. Sprinkle the toppings on and serve with a spoon so everyone can help themselves. Don't worry, they'll be back for seconds!

The salad works served in a big bowl, but for a better topping-to-grape-ratio, assemble grape salad in a shallow casserole so people don't fight for the crunchy nuts and brown sugar.

5 from 14 votes

Easy Grape Salad Recipe

A recipe for easy Grape Salad. It's sweet and creamy with loads of fresh grapes and crunchy nuts on top. Ready in just 5 minutes plus chilling time!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword grape
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 148kcal
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened (see notes)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 pounds red seedless grapes chilled (about 10 cups)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. 
  • Carefully fold in the grapes and gently toss until evenly coated. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar and walnuts.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top of the grapes. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or overnight. Serve cold.

Recipe Notes

  1. If the cream cheese is not softened to room temperature, the cream cheese and sour cream won't combine well (the mixture will be lumpy). If this happens, stir it quickly with a whisk.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal

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  1. Sue cook

    How far ahead of serving time can this salad be made

  2. Glorya

    nice recipe! 5 stars

  3. juli

    This reminds me of that scandalous NYT list of Thanksgiving side dishes by state and this was what Minnesota supposedly serves at every Thanksgiving table… I’ve never seen this grape salad dish before and I’ve lived in Minnesota my whole life?
    Maybe it’s a Wisconsin thing, with the cream cheese and all?5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Juli, your comment cracks me up. Have you had Snicker Salad? Obviously not the same thing, but in my mind it’s a Minnesota classic and equally scandalous (no wait – MORE scandalous, because snicker bars covered in Cool Whip…LOL). Grape salad is probably a Wisconsin thing (or the NYT knows more about the Midwest than we do, ha ha!). I will pull out one of my church cookbooks from New Ulm, MN and see if Grape Salad is in there. Take care and thanks. :)

  4. Marilyn

    Could the brown sugar pecan mix be omitted.

    1. meggan

      Of course! You can make it however you want. Thanks Marilyn.

  5. Stacey

    It sounds good. I have a quick question how many people does that recipe feed?I need to make the recipe for 65 people.

    1. meggan

      Hi Stacey! I figure 4 pounds of grapes will feed 16 people as a side dish. That’s 4 ounces of grapes (plus the cream cheese/sugar/nut topping). I’d quadruple the batch and you should be good! Some people will eat more and some people will eat less or none. Good luck! Thanks for the question!

  6. Cathy

    I’m so glad I saw this. I also have a childhood flashback of my great grandmother making something similar. I always loved it, but forgot about it. Will start making again!5 stars

  7. KevinIsCooking

    I am so going to make this. LOVE the ingredients and simplicity of this. Thanks Meggan!5 stars

    1. meggan

      You should make it, Kevin! It’s so good and just the easiest thing around. :)

  8. Liz @ FloatingKitchen

    Oh I’m having a serious flash back. My grandma made something like this too, but it’s been forever since I’ve had it. Thanks, Meggan!5 stars

  9. I have never seen or heard of anything like this before! I must have been living under a rock, lol! It sounds fantastic! I’ve just gotta give it a try ;)5 stars

  10. Meggan, what an interesting salad/dessert (!!)
    I think we’ll call it salad and then we can eat as much of it as we like! :-)5 stars

  11. Ok. Grape salad is honestly one of my favorite summer side dishes, and I have never made it! Totally adding this to the old pinterest queue. Thanks for sharing girlfriend!5 stars

  12. It looks fantastic Meggan! I’m always looking for new salad ideas :)5 stars

  13. Lily Lau

    Aww Meggan, thank you for sharing this brilliant grape salad and, what is more, for making it easy! :)

    Lazy Penguins5 stars

  14. I’ve been thinking of grape salad lately! A girl I used to work with made a great one, but I did not remember the recipe! So glad you posted it Meggan, pinned to try it!5 stars

  15. Janette @ Culinary Ginger

    Grandma’s know how to do it right, my grandma used to break out the posh dishes too. I like to think it was just for us, but I think it was just an excuse to use the nice dishes. I love a fruit dessert, so I think this would be a great dessert for me.5 stars

  16. What a great fruit salad for the spring and summer!! your grandmother knew what’s up by serving this. . I’d say nothing beats a dessert/salad combo! and I could throw in all sorts of berries and bananas too, right? I love this!5 stars

  17. Kathleen @ hapanom

    What a lovely salad from your grandmother! Salad or dessert, it looks fantastic. And I bet it makes for a wonderful breakfast too!5 stars

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