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Grape Salad

Grape Salad – A vintage fruit salad recipe that is great for parties and potlucks! Made with just 8 simple ingredients in less than 5 minutes, it’s easy and delicious!

Grape Salad

Grape salad is one of those vintage recipes that is popping around so many family’s cookbooks or recipe boxes. It’s a dessert (or side dish) that can easily feed a crowd so it’s ideal for parties, potlucks, and any other event you can think of! Made with 8 simple ingredients in about 5 minutes, it’s an easy treat that anyone can make! Something about combining the creamy coating with the grapes and chopped pecans is such a perfect combination of textures and flavors.

Common Questions About Making Grape Salad

What is grape salad?

Grape salad is a fruit salad that is typically served as a side dish or dessert that’s made by combining red grapes, green grapes, cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract that’s topped with brown sugar and pecans. It’s served chilled and can be made ahead of time.

What kind of grapes should I use?

It’s best if you can find grapes that are smaller and more bite size. This just makes it easier to eat. However, buying grapes throughout the seasons can be difficult, so any size will do. Personally, I chose to do a mix of seedless red grapes and green grapes but you could mix it up and just use one variety too. This is all up to you and basic changes like this won’t ruin the salad in the slightest.

What should I do if my cream cheese is lumpy?

Your cream cheese mixture might be a tad lumpy. That’s ok, once you fold in the grapes, these lumps disappear. However, if you would like to make sure they disappear, use a hand mixer to combine the sour cream and cream cheese.

What variations can I make on this recipe?

Each person will like more or less of the ingredients. I like less sour cream and less sugar in mine. However, some people like to really turn up that sweetness. It’s best to start out with my recipe, and before adding the grapes, taste the cream cheese mixture and adjust it to your tastes or preferences.

Do I need to dry my grapes?

I suggest drying your grapes before adding them into the salad. Otherwise, it won’t stick well. 

How long does grape salad last?

Grape salad lasts up to 4 days when stored in a refrigerated airtight container. Please do not freeze.

How many servings does this recipe last?

This recipe makes 8 servings of about 1 cup.

Do I have to wait before serving the grape salad?

You can serve this salad right away, but it definitely tastes best when it’s had a short bit to chill and soak up flavors.

Should I garnish grape salad?

While it is optional, usually grape salad is served topped with brown sugar and chopped pecans. Some alternatives that I think would be tasty are toasted coconut or candied pecans.

What other types of fruit salads can I make?

Make sure to check out my ambrosia salad and watergate salad.

Looking for more easy dessert recipes? Check these out!

Yield: 8 Servings

Grape Salad

Grape Salad

Grape Salad – A vintage fruit salad recipe that is great for parties and potlucks! Made with just 8 simple ingredients in less than 5 minutes, it’s easy and delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


For the Grape Salad

  • 2 pounds seedless green grapes
  • 2 pounds purple seedless grapes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the Garnish

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans


  1. Remove your grapes from the vines and wash thoroughly. Let fully drain and dry before proceeding.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sour cream and cream cheese. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla, mixing until fully combined.
  4. Add the grapes and mix until they're fully coated.
  5. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving, for best results.
  6. Garnish with a sprinkle of brown sugar and chopped pecans. Serve chilled.

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