June 27, 2018

Easy creamy grape salad

Bowl of creamy grape salad.

Make this cool and creamy grape salad side dish for your next summer cookout or picnic! It's so refreshing and always a big hit with everyone who tries it.  

Crisp and cold grapes are perfect for a hot summer day. These ones are coated in a sweet creamy dressing and topped with lightly toasted pecans for a delicious summer salad. This salad is a terrific side dish for a cookout or picnic and makes a lot to feed a crowd. 

Grape salad is so easy to throw together. It only takes a few minutes and a handful of ingredients and then a bit of chilling time. At the end, you have a unique fruit salad for your next summer gathering. Don't skip the steps of drying your grapes because you don't want to dressing to get watery.

I always like to use a mix of different colored grapes (usually half green and half red). You can use all of one color, or use some black grapes if you can find them in addition or instead of the red or green. The more colors the prettier the salad is in my opinion.

You want to get seedless grapes for a fruit salad like this. Also, be sure to get the firmest grapes you can find - it makes a difference! You want the grapes to "pop" in your mouth (not squish) when you bite them.

I love old-fashioned salads like these. I never had this salad until a few years ago when someone brought it to our house for a party. I have been making it ever since. It's a fun change-up from the usual cookout and summer party side dishes and goes so well with many grilled foods. 

Give this salad a try this summer. It's sure to be a hit with everyone! 

Spoon scooping up some creamy grape salad.

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Yield: 16-18 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Easy Creamy Grape Salad

Easy Creamy Grape Salad

Make this cool and creamy grape salad side dish for your next cookout or picnic! It's so refreshing and always a big hit with everyone who tries it.


  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 oz) container sour cream (I use full fat)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 lbs red seedless grapes
  • 2 lbs green seedless grapes
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans, lightly toasted


  1. Wash the grapes and remove all stems. Dry the grapes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese through vanilla with a hand mixer until well-combined and smooth. Fold in the grapes until coated.
  3. Transfer to serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
  4. Stir and then sprinkle with the brown sugar and pecans right before serving.


Please note that grapes are a choking hazard and should be properly cut and modified before serving to young children.

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Close up of a bowl of creamy grape salad with a spoon.

*Please note that grapes are a choking hazard and should be properly cut and modified before serving to young children.
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  1. Have never had grapes prepared this way...must be really delicious with that sweet tangy creamy sauce.

  2. I've had this salad -- in fact I'm pretty sure I've made it! -- but it's been years and years. This is terrific stuff -- thanks for the reminder of how good it is. :-)

  3. my great aunt makes grape salad pretty much just like this. so good! :)

  4. I vaguely remember a salad like this from when I was a kid. I had forgotten all about it.

  5. This is quite different from any salad I've seen. I love grape salads and the sauce on this with the sour cream and cream cheese sounds awesome!

  6. Just love all the flavors and textures in this, sounds amazing!

  7. What a yummy fruit salad! I need to make this at my next party :) PINNED

  8. this will probably always be my favorite salad. :)

  9. Definitely adding this to my summer list. I love grapes in my chicken salad, so I bet I would love this sweet creamy version of dolling up some grapes!

  10. A little bit sweet, a little bit tangy...this sounds amazing.

  11. I remember this yummy grape salad always showing up at our family reunion each year. My mom wasn't a big buyer of grapes, so it was always something I looked forward too!

  12. This sounds so delicious and I love that there are so many colors of grapes that are seedless available these days. The pecans add just the right touch.

  13. I used to eat a salad like this years ago growing up and had forgotten all about it! We put this one together and I remembered why I loved it all those years ago. It will be a regular on my menu.

  14. Thanks for the reminder about this salad, which is the first thing I gravitate towards if I see it at a potluck. Yours looks DELICIOUS!

  15. I haven't had this in forever but it was always one of my favorite fruit salads!


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