Grape Salad

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This grape salad is one of my favorite side dishes.  Why?  Because it can also be considered a dessert.  And we all know that the very best side dishes are ones that are so sweet and delectable that they could pass for desserts.

This cool, refreshing dish would be perfect for a summer picnic!  It also goes great with BBQ, if you’re looking for something to take to that Memorial Day party next week!  It’s super easy to throw together, and doesn’t require any baking or cooking.  I just love the sweet cream cheese with the crunchy pecan topping.  I use reduced fat cream cheese and light sour cream to help cut calories (and the guilt).  But hey, it’s got fruit in it, so it’s healthy right?

Grape Salad

Yields: 8 servings

Grape Salad


  • 1 lb red seedless grapes
  • 1 lb green seedless grapes (mine is not pictured with green grapes, because they were out at the store!  But it's definitely prettier with both colors of grapes)
  • 1/2 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • Brown sugar, to taste
  • Chopped pecans, to taste


  1. Wash and stem grapes, set aside.
  2. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla together by hand.
  3. Stir grapes into mixture, and stir until coated.
  4. Pour into large serving bowl.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  5. Sprinkle each serving with brown sugar and chopped pecans.

Source: Chef-in-training



17 thoughts on “Grape Salad

  1. It might just be me, but I like it just having red grapes. I think the colors look better solid all the way through instead of having both kinds. Loved this!

  2. I actually make a version of this but instead of cream cheese and sour cream I use mayo and instead of pecans I use roasted almonds…..everyone loves it…’s a light lunch or dinner here in the summer 🙂

  3. I love this salad, but I prefer to make it in a flat round, or rectangular dish so that I can put more topping on it. In a deep bowl you only get topping if you are one of the first few people to dip into it, and the topping is what makes it soooo good.

    • lindsayballen September 11, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply Author

      Good point, Val! I actually set out a little dish of brown sugar and pecans for people to sprinkle on as they please. Because you’re right, that topping is the best part!

  4. After working so hard on a large dinner party, the grape salad was the big hit. I dished up the salad on individual plates then sprinkled on the brown sugar and pecans.

    • lindsayballen February 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply Author

      Thanks for sharing, Joan! I’m sure the rest of your dinner party was great too! It’s pretty hard to beat Grape Salad 🙂

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