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THE BEST Creamy Grape Salad Recipe

Creamy Grape Salad is one of those recipes you’ll keep in your family’s recipe box for generations to come. This easy recipe has juicy grapes, cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and crunchy pecans.

If you want more salad recipes, Mandarin Orange Salad and Rustic Bread Salad with Tomatoes will leave your taste buds dancing.

Not only does this fantastic recipe taste great, but visually, it’s a beautiful dessert salad. Whether you pick making a green grape salad or red grape salad, or a combination of both, this dish will add a touch of heaven to your family meal.

It’s also the perfect dessert for a potluck or casual gatherings because everyone will gobble it up!

This delicious recipe is so versatile that it’s a perfect addition on a hot summer day or as a side dish for your holiday meal. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

My sister found this dreamy creamy grape recipe because of a Podcast featuring a woman who started the Chicken Salad Chick franchise. The chain of restaurants has 146 stores as of writing this post, and it was founded in 2008.

This podcast interview was SO GOOD. It featured Stacy Brown, the founder of Chicken Salad Chick, on how she got her start. You can find that interview here.

She had been searching for the perfect chicken salad recipe and realized that everyone had different tastes regarding this dish. She worked on creating the perfect recipe, recruiting family and friends to be taste testers.

After finding the chicken salad recipe everyone agreed upon, Stacy started selling the chicken salad door-to-door. She then began her first restaurant with her husband in a tiny storefront.

Her life is fascinating. She almost lost her restaurant to partners she had to join the business. At the eleventh hour, a miracle occurred, and she found someone else to buy them out.

What does chicken salad have to do with this grape salad dessert? Everything.

After my sister heard the podcast, she immediately had to go to one of the restaurants and try the chicken salad. They had the basic chicken salad recipe and different flavors named after Stacy’s friends and family members.

The grape salad recipe was one of their side dishes or desserts – however, you want to look at it. After that first bite, my sister had to have the recipe with the perfect balance of creamy goodness and crisp grapes.

I didn’t change a thing with the original recipe except to cut it down to a reasonable-sized batch. The Chicken Salad Chick recipe was for a large crowd.

I hope you like it as much as we do.

Here’s some fun facts about grapes

Creamy Grape Salad with Fresh Grapes
Creamy Grape Salad Recipes with Fresh Green Seedless Grapes and Red Grapes

There’s something genuinely magical about grapes. They are delicious on their own, and they make wine, too! It takes about 2 1/2 pounds of grapes to make a bottle of wine. How could you not love them?

  • Did you know these jewel-toned fruits are berries?
  • According to WebMD, there are over 8,000 varieties of grapes from 60 species. The two main types of grapes are American and European. You could spend your entire life learning about grapes.
  • Did you know “white” grapes are actually green grapes? The other colors of grapes are black, red, pink, golden, and purple.
  • Grapes were brought to America by Spanish explorers 300 years ago.
  • One grape vine usually produces 40 clusters of grapes. One bunch of grapes contains 75 grapes on average. The vines can grow up to 50 feet long.
Creamy Grape Salad Recipe with Chopped Nuts
Creamy Grape Salad Recipe with Chopped Nuts

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Here’s How to Make Grape Salad: 

Grape Salad Ingredients 

2 pounds seedless red grapes

2 pounds seedless green grapes

1 package softened 8 ounces cream cheese

1 cup sour cream

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons chopped pecans

Directions for Making Grape Salad with Brown Sugar

Fresh Red and Green Grapes - Recipe for Grape Salad
Fresh Red and Green Grapes – Recipe for Grape Salad

1) Wash and cut all the seedless grapes in half. (Whole grapes are a choking hazard.) Dry grapes off with a paper towel.

2) In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, white sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and well-blended. It will have the consistency of a creamy dressing.

Ingredients for Recipe for Creamy Grape Salad - Cream Cheese Dressing
Ingredients for Recipe for Creamy Grape Salad – Cream Cheese Dressing

3) Fold in halved grapes to the cream cheese mixture. Mix thoroughly.

4) Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

5) When it’s time to serve this amazing creamy grape salad, sprinkle the top with brown sugar and chopped pecans.

Tips for making this creamy salad

  • In this recipe, the pecan pieces are raw, but you can make toasted pecans to add flavor and a bit of crunch. You can also try candied pecans instead.
  • You can substitute chopped walnuts for pecans. You can also toast the walnut pieces for your grape salad topping.
  • You can substitute plain Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt for sour cream.
  • Add chopped candy bars like Snickers or Heath bars for extra fun!
  • You can substitute low-fat cream cheese for full-fat cream cheese.
  • Serve this easy fruit salad recipe at your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter meal.

How long will this recipe last in the refrigerator?

This Southern grape salad will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container. Fresh grapes will become watery and mushy in time, so eating this dish immediately is best.

Can you freeze this creamy fruit salad recipe?

Dairy doesn’t freeze well. It becomes grainy when defrosted. I wouldn’t recommend freezing this grape salad.

FAQ About Recipe for Grape Salad

Is grape salad a healthy option?

To make a healthier fruit salad, consider using a lighter dressing, such as Greek yogurt mixed with a small amount of honey or maple syrup.

Can grape salad be made in advance?

Yes, you can make grape salad in advance, but it’s best to do so at most a few hours before serving. If prepared too far in advance, the grapes may release their juices and become mushy. Making it too early will alter the taste and texture of the grape salad.

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Creamy Grape Salad Recipe
Yield: 12 servings

Creamy Grape Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Creamy Grape Salad is one of those recipes you'll keep in your family's recipe box for generations to come.  Made with grapes, cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and pecans - this recipe will have taste buds dancing in no time.  


  • 2 pounds seedless green grapes
  • 2 pounds seedless red grapes
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans


  1. Cut all the grapes in half. (Whole grapes are a chocking hazard.)
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and well-blended.
  3. Fold in halved grapes into cream cheese mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Transfer mixture to a seving bowl and cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Before serving, sprinkle the brown sugar and chopped pecans on top of the grape salad.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 190Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 14mgSodium 25mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 1gSugar 31gProtein 2g

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Saturday 20th of April 2024

I used vanilla and blueberry yogurt did not have sour cream added walnuts Very yummy

Kelly Morse

Monday 22nd of April 2024

Oh, that sounds delicious! I'm so glad you liked the recipe. I appreciate the feedback. - Kelly

Samantha Bushong

Saturday 30th of March 2024

Can this be made the day before serving?

Kelly Morse

Sunday 31st of March 2024

If you cut the grapes, the grapes will release their juices making it watery. If you don't cut the grapes, it should be fine. - Kelly


Friday 23rd of February 2024

I just made this 5 minutes ago. It's so darn good! I can only imagine how much better it'll be after sitting in the fridge for an hour to meld the flavors together! I didn't change anything, made it just as written in the recipe. Trust me guys, it's really good!

Kelly Morse

Saturday 24th of February 2024

Hello Tami! - I'm so glad you loved the recipe. Thank you so much for letting me know. I appreciate you letting me know. - Kelly

Dawn Niebuhr

Thursday 16th of November 2023

Can I add a Apple to my Grape salad


Friday 17th of November 2023

Yes, you can Dawn. I would add some lemon juice to the apples so they don't turn brown. Let me know how you like the recipe! - Kelly


Monday 19th of December 2022

I made this Grape Salad yesterday for a family dinner. I did this because my husband had just bought some really big green and black grapes. I had never made this before and it was easy and delicious! I cut the recipe in half and was very pleased with the end result. I’d definitely make it again!


Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Hello Kim! I'm so glad you loved the recipe. Thank you for letting me know. Kelly

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