This pecan crunch grape salad is the PERFECT addition to just about any meal. With its delicious balance of crunch, creamy, and sweet, grape salad is a must-serve for holidays, summer parties, potlucks, and more!

Serve it up for the holidays along with crockpot ham and mashed potatoes. In the summer it goes great with other summer salad faves like this ranch potato salad and some BBQ baked beans.

A bowl of grape salad on the table with brown sugar and pecan topping.

Grape Fruit Salad

  • Sweet grapes combine perfectly with the crunch of pecans. 
  • It’s unique, it’s delicious and I can assure you that nothing else there will compare.
  • A simple recipe that’s perfect to make for groups and gatherings.
  • Made with simple ingredients and mixes up in minutes.
A bowl of washed fresh red and green grapes on the table.

Ingredients

  • Grapes: Use green and red grapes for a nice color contrast. Be sure to grab seedless!
  • Sour cream: Creates a creamy texture for the mixture.
  • Cream cheese: Cream cheese balances out the sour cream and thickens it up just a bit!
  • Sugars: Granulated sugar is used for the salad mixture and brown sugar for the topping.
  • Vanilla: Just a bit of vanilla to give it a delicious warm flavor.
  • Nuts: Pecans and walnuts make a great combination for the topping!
A collage of images showing making grape salad including mixing the creamy base, adding the grapes, and finally the topping.

How To Make Grape Salad with Cream Cheese

  1. Combine: Combine the sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and mix together until it’s smooth and creamy.
  2. Add: Add the grapes into the mixture and stir carefully.
  3. Make Topping: Combine the brown sugar and nuts in a small bowl. 
  4. Add Topping: Sprinkle the mixture over the grapes. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
A closeup of grape salad in a bowl.

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Use seedless grapes. The grapes are left intact in the salad and no one wants to crunch into a seed when eating.
  • Use red and green grapes. While you can technically use one or the other, the contrasting colors make the salad look more interesting while adding more complex flavors and textures since these grapes are slightly different.
  • Make sure to soften the cream cheese. This way it will easily mix with the other ingredients and turn out smooth and creamy.
  • Healthier version. Use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. It tastes slightly different but will still work. This swap boosts the protein and lowers the fat.
  • Add another fruit into the mix. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, and even diced apple work great.
Pecan grape salad in a bowl on the table.

Recipe FAQ

Can I make creamy grape salad ahead of time?

Yes! It tastes better after sitting! You can make it up to 24 hours in advance.

How do you serve grape salad?

It makes a nice change to fruit salad for all types of meals. It’s great for holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving and makes a refreshingly cool and crunchy salad for summer parties. Plus, since it’s easy to prepare for a crowd, it’s perfect for potlucks or any large gathering.

A bowl of grape salad with pecans and brown sugar on the table.

Storing

  • Store. Transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to three days.

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Grape salad with brown sugar and pecan topping in a bowl on the table.
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Servings: 15 servings

Pecan Crunch Grape Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
This Grape Salad is the PERFECT addition to your holiday meals. A delicious balance of crunch, creamy, and sweet! Grape salad is a must serve!
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Ingredients

SALAD:

  • 2 cups green seedless grapes, washed & stemmed
  • 2 cups red seedless grapes, washed & stemmed
  • 1 cup sour cream, 8 ounces
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

PECAN CRUNCH TOPPING:

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla; mix until smooth.
  • Add the grapes into the mixture and stir carefully.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and nuts; sprinkle over grapes.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use seedless grapes. The grapes are left intact in the salad and no one wants to crunch into a seed when eating.
  • Use red and green grapes. While you can technically use one or the other, the contrasting colors make the salad look more interesting while adding more complex flavors and textures since these grapes are slightly different.
  • Make sure to soften the cream cheese. This way it will easily mix with the other ingredients and turn out smooth and creamy.
  • Healthier version. Use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. It tastes slightly different but will still work. This swap boosts the protein and lowers the fat.
  • Add another fruit into the mix. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, and even diced apple work great.
  • Store. Transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to three days.
 
Calories: 295kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 201mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 331IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Author: Jennifer
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