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!

Easy grape salad in a clear bowl with a spoon.

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 ½ 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.

Easy grape salad in a clear bowl.

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!
5 from 27 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 16 servings
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Calories 206

Ingredients 

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened (see notes)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

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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: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 17mgPotassium: 283mgFiber: 2gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 164IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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