Creamy Grape Salad is sweet and refreshing. This creamy salad with sweetened cream cheese and sour cream is always a hit at potlucks, celebrations, and casual gatherings.
This Creamy Grape Salad is a perfect sweet treat for any occasion. Since all of the ingredients are available year-round, you can make it during the holiday season and during the summer.
Over the years I have seen variations of this recipe in many community cookbooks and there is a reason it pops up so often. Everything about this dish is really good.
Basically, it is an ambrosia recipe. But instead of being made with several fruits, it is made only with grapes. This makes it super simple to shop for the ingredients and to make it.
I found that the best recipe was to use two kinds of seedless grapes, green and red. This gives variety to each bite since green grapes are typically more tart than red grapes.
Then there is the topping of simply dark brown sugar and chopped pecans. Please don't omit it!
If you have ever had strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar, you know how good that combination is and this is just as amazing.
The brown sugar brings caramel notes to the salad and the pecans that bring crunch are a perfect match in flavor with the brown sugar.
Here's what you need:
- Cream Cheese - Cream cheese is what makes this dressing creamy. Any full-fat brand is delicious.
- Sour Cream - A good flavored full-bodied sour cream brings a tang to the dressing and lightens the texture of the cream cheese.
- White Granulated Sugar - You will need a small amount of white granulated sugar to sweeten the dressing. The amount you will need depends on how sweet the grapes are. In general, I think ⅓ of a cup is just the right amount, but that really is my opinion and you can adjust the amount according to your own taste.
- Clear Vanilla Extract - A clear vanilla extract will keep the dressing snowy white. Although clear vanilla is imitation vanilla, it is very flavorful.
- Green Grapes - Buy green grapes that are firm and free of defects.
- Red Grapes - Just like the green grapes, the red grapes should also be firm and free of defects.
- Dark Brown Sugar - Dark brown sugar has deep caramel and molasses flavors that really make this salad extra delicious.
- Chopped Pecans - I love a bit of crunch in a fruit salad and pecans are a natural pairing with dark brown sugar.
Please see the recipe card for the exact quantities.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, white granulated sugar, and vanilla until well blended.
Add the red and green grapes and gently fold to coat.
Put the grape salad in a serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate until serving.
Sprinkle the salad with the brown sugar and chopped pecans just before serving.
My Top Tips
After washing and destemming the grapes, let them drain on towels and pat them dry.
Substitutions & Variations
Substitute Any Vanilla Extract or Paste. If you don't have clear vanilla extract you can use any vanilla extract or vanilla paste you have on hand.
Vanilla paste is very concentrated. So, if you choose to use vanilla paste, blend ½ teaspoon into the dressing, taste, and then add more to taste as needed.
Use all One Color of Grapes. You can use all green grapes or all red grapes. I like the variation of color in my salad. Also, red grapes tend to be sweeter than green grapes which makes the flavor more interesting.
An electric hand mixer blends the dressing quickly. But you can also use a wire whisk if you cream the cream cheese first and then add other dressing ingredients, one by one, and beating well after each addition.
Make-Ahead & Storage
You can make this salad a few hours ahead of time and it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in a covered container.
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Creamy Grape Salad
For the Salad:
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, 1 Large Package at Room Temperature
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
- ⅓ Cup White Granulated Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Clear Vanilla Extract
- 2 Pounds Seedless Red Grapes, Washed and Stems Removed
- 2 Pounds Seedless Green Grapes, Washed and Stems Removed
For the Topping:
- 3 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Chopped Pecans
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, white granulated sugar, and clear vanilla extract until well blended.8 Ounces Cream Cheese, 1 Cup Sour Cream, 2 Teaspoons Clear Vanilla Extract, ⅓ Cup White Granulated Sugar
- Add the red and green seedless grapes and gently fold to coat.2 Pounds Seedless Red Grapes, 2 Pounds Seedless Green Grapes
- Put the grape salad in a serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate until serving.
- Sprinkle the salad with the brown sugar and chopped pecans just before serving.3 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar, 3 Tablespoons Chopped Pecans
Encharted Cook Notes
Nutrition Per Serving
All nutritional information on this site is an estimate. Your results may vary.