Grape Salad is the perfect sweet side dish for picnics, parties and potlucks. Red and green grapes are covered in a creamy rich cream cheese dressing with brown sugar and walnuts on top for added sweetness and crunch.
My family adores this creamy grape salad recipe. It’s like eating dessert with your dinner and is a real crowd pleaser. I often serve it with our holiday meal too. It pairs well with just about any main dish. No one can resist that creamy dressing and juicy grapes.
If you’re looking for a great recipe for a dessert salad, this is it. It’s the perfect balance of rich creamy sweetness and crisp grapes.
Try this easy grape salad recipe instead of ambrosia salad at your next gathering. I bet you’ll love this delicious recipe like we do.
Why You’ll Love This Grape Salad
- Easy recipe to use pounds of grapes
- Create a different flavor by using a variety of grapes
- Makes a large bowl to serve a crowd
- One of my family’s favorite recipes
- Perfect salad recipe for a party
- Simple ingredients readily available at the grocery store
- Tastes delicious the next day
- The creamy dressing is super addicting
- Full-fat cream cheese
- Sour cream
- White sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Seedless green grapes
- Red seedless grapes
- Brown sugar
How to Make Grape Salad
- Step One: In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Mix together with an electric mixer until smooth and well incorporated (about 1 to 2 minutes).
- Step Two: Wash the grapes and remove any extra stems. Add whole grapes to a large mixing bowl and pour the cream cheese mixture on top. Gently stir with a rubber spatula to coat the grapes.
- Step Three: When ready to serve, sprinkle walnuts and brown sugar on top.
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What to Serve with Southern Grape Salad
- Potato Salad – Try my Ranch Potato Salad and Herb Potato Salad.
- Chicken Salad
- Cucumber Salad
- Broccoli Salad
Variations and Substitutions
- Add some crunchy pecans instead of chopped walnuts.
- Use plain Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt in place of the sour cream.
- Add pieces of your favorite fruit in addition to the grapes.
- Try other types of grapes like concord grapes.
- Add a sprinkling of toffee bits or chopped Heath bars on top for a richer, sweeter taste.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
I do not recommend freezing because of the cream cheese dressing. It could change the texture.
Can I Use Low Fat Cream Cheese?
Yes, you can use low fat or light cream cheese if you like. It will not be as rich and creamy, but it should still taste good.
Can I Use All Red Grapes?
Yes, definitely! Use all red grapes, all green grapes or a mixture of both depending on what your preference is. Just make sure to use seedless grapes!
Can You Cut the Grapes in Half?
Yes, you can definitely cut the grapes in half if you are worried about the grapes being a choking hazard to little ones.
Why Are There Lumps in My Dressing?
You need to make sure you use softened cream cheese at room temperature so it can be easily mixed with the hand mixer. If the cream cheese is still too hard or cold, the dressing may have some lumps in it.
How Many Cups Are in a Pound of Grapes?
A pound of grapes equals to about 2.5 cups, give or take a little depending on the size of the grapes. Two pounds of grapes equals about 5 cups.
Can I Use Frozen Grapes?
Yes, you can use frozen grapes if you like. The grapes need to be chilled for optimal results and using frozen is fine, if you like.
Sweet Salad Recipes
- Snickers Salad
- Cherry Salad
- Creamy Fruit Salad
- Orange Creamsicle Salad
- Strawberry Pretzel Salad
- Strawberry Fluff Salad
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- 1 package cream cheese (8oz/250g) softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 lb green grapes chilled
- 2 lb red grapes chilled
- ⅓ cup walnuts chopped
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Mix together with a mixer until smooth and well incorporated (about 1 to 2 minutes).
- Wash the grapes and remove any extra stems. Add to a large bowl and pour the cream cheese mixture on top. Gently stir with a rubber spatula to coat the grapes.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle walnuts and brown sugar on top.
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