Easy Grape Salad

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!

Things I adore about the Midwest include the fact that we consider Grape Salad to be exactly that: A salad.

Covered in cream cheese and sugar? Doesn’t matter. 100% a salad.

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 make Grape Salad

Start with chilled red grapes (the sweetest you can find).

The creamy filling is made of cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Make sure your cream cheese is softened so it blends well.

Toss the grapes in the cream cheese mixture, then top with a mixture of chopped nuts and brown sugar (walnuts and pecans both taste delicious).

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. Part (or 100%) salad and part dessert, it’s a great make-ahead party and potluck option!

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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Easy Grape Salad

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 148 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened (see notes)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 pounds red seedless grapes chilled (about 10 cups)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. 

  2. Carefully fold in the grapes and gently toss until evenly coated. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar and walnuts.
  3. 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.

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19 comments


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


  2. 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!


  3. 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.


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

    Lazy Penguins


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


  7. 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!


  8. 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! :-)


  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 ;)


  10. 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!


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


  12. 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!

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

    • 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!

  14. Could the brown sugar pecan mix be omitted.


  15. 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?

    • 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. :)

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