Creamy Grape Salad Recipe
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 pounds seedless red grapes
- 2 pounds seedless green grapes
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
- 1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat.
- 2. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving. Yield: 21-24 servings.
Test Kitchen Tips
3/4 cup: 131 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
Reviews for Creamy Grape Salad
"I took this to a family reunion today and everybody raved about it. and I do mean raved. The bowl came back empty and I had offers to lick the bowl. This is a winner"
"Everyone loves this recipe! For summer, I tried a variation. I substituted fresh strawberries for the red grapes - it was delicious too!"
"We added cool whip to lighten this recipe. Dressing is too thick"
"When I have to tweak a recipe I automatically take a star away. With that being said, this recipe was good and we enjoyed it but it does need the additional brown sugar for me. I added a fourth of a cup and everyone loved it! I will make it again."
"my grandkids that don't like fruit salads loved this. thanks you its great"
"I made this as directed for Easter dinner and think the 'dressing' seems too heavy (and twice what is needed). If I make it again I would use 3 oz. of cream cheese, 1/2 C. sour cream and substitute brown sugar for the white sugar and skip sprinkling it over the top. I made this according to directions and while it is tasty, the dressing is just too thick for my taste."
"Good but not excellent"
"This is an absolutely fabulous salad. I'm guessing I've made this at least a dozen times since I got the recipe the summer of 2016. Just for fun the other day, I added some blueberries and they were so good in there! I use it as a dessert when I'm craving something sweet. I mix at least a cup or so of chopped walnuts or pecans in instead of sprinkling over the top, and I didn't care so much for the brown sugar, so don't use it at all. This is my favorite salad by far. Wish I could give it ten stars."
"I enjoy this recipe as a way to use my grapes if they aren't getting eaten."
"reminds me of cheesecake! I have a new potluck dish now."
"I mix in heath bar pieces inside when I am mixing in the grapes to the sour cream and cream cheese mixture,My family loves it,a little surprise."
"Delicious! I have made it for church potlucks as well as picnics at our cabin. Everyone wants the recipe!"
"I make this recipe but I put it in a 9x13 pan and put the brown sugar and pecans over the top right away. I think it is better made the day before serving."
"Delicious!!! A great potluck dish because it's tasty and different"
"I've been making this for years. My recipe has more pecans and brown sugar. If you are even thinking about trying it you definitely should. It's delicious. Take it to a family gathering. You will get rave reviews."
"Made this for a work breakfast. Didn't have enough vanilla so I added a tsp of almond extract. Sweet enough without the brown sugar so I left it off. Perfect. Thank you for the recipe."
"Members of my family are diabetic, so I eliminated the 1/3 C sugar and mixed the brown sugar in with the sour cream. Made a mistake and used 16 oz of low fat sour cream, so I didn't use the cream cheese. Nevertheless, everyone loved it. Two days later, what was left over wasn't enough for two so I added some fresh raspberries. Yum! Now we can't decide which we like better, so I will be making both, probably with just the sour cream."
"SO yummy!!! excellent just as written!!"
"I am assuming you can make this the day before and then cover and refrigerate?"
"We made this for a picnic, and it's delicious! We did leave out the nuts due to a friend with allergies, and after tasting it before the nuts and brown sugar, finding it sweet enough, thats how we left it."
"Made it last night and is still great for breakfast! Also this same almost exact recipe was on Trisha Yearwood's show this morning!"
"What can I say that hasn't already been said. We could eat this grape salad every day, but I limit it to once a week. I thank you, my family thanks you, our friends thank you!"
"Made this last night for a ladies gathering and it was well received. So simply and SO yummy! Thanks..will definitely make again!"
"I have made this many times. It is always a favorite and very refreshing. Made exactly as recipe stated with no changes, however, sometimes I use red or black seedless grapes along with the green to add color. Very good."
"Simply delicious! Cool and creamy and not too sweet! This is a new favorite in my house."
"I have had a similar recipe for years and everyone always wants me to make it for showers and reunions. My recipe calls for almond extract and a little brown sugar in the dressing also but is otherwise the same. The biggest challenge to me is getting the grapes dry after washing so that the dressing sticks. Otherwise it just slides off. Not a cheap dish but certainly tasty and someone always asks for the recipe."
"This is always a hit!We call it Groovy Grapes!"
"I made this for a dinner party we had at our house. First off, for this many grapes at about $2/pound (cheapest I could find anywhere in February), was over $8 in grapes alone. Not a cheap dish to make when you add up all the ingredients. I thought the cream cheese mix was tasty, although heavy. Honestly, thought with all the rave reviews that we would be "wowed", but in the end, not one person of 15 folks (kids included) mentioned that they liked it. I would not make again."
"Had to promise my family I'd make this awesome salad/dessert every weekend, and I have. As of this review , I've now made it 7 times. .... Thanks a bunch for sharing!!! I added the brown sugar to the pan a soon as the pecans toasted, stirred them around till the sugar melted and ended up with the best tasting pralines!!! Almost forgot ..... one time I had a bit of unsweetened coconut flakes on hand so mixed them in with the creamed mixture ..... Must remember to buy some again, as it was also delicious ...."
"It was just WONDERFUL!!!"
"I made this recipe for the first time with my Teen cooking class at the Boys and Girls Club and the kids absolutely LOVED IT!!! The kids would ask me for this at least once a week so we made it quite a few times. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!"
"I have been making this for years and the only tip I can give you isn that u do not need the brown sugar, it is just as tasty without it"
"I have been making this for many years, it is always a hit. I have my Mother's old Betty Crocker's Hostess Cookbook from 1967 and the recipe is in there. We love this."
"This is a GREAT salad. I put praline peacans chopped on top instead of the brown sugar and got rave reviews."
"I have made this for years and always get rave reviews. I prefer it with grapes but have made it with many fruits. It is pretty good with blueberries and strawberries on the 4th of July. The only thing I do differently is to combine the pecans and the brown sugar and sprinkle it on the salad before I refrigerate it for several hours. Right before I serve it, I give it a final stir to mix it in. The brown sugar melts a little bit into the pecans and is not quite as "grainy.""
"Love this...have made it in smaller batches, too, just for me, myself and I!!"
"This is one of the most delicious salads I have ever made. My family loves grapes and with the combination of cream cheese and sour cream it makes it so tasty."
"I have made this for many years, it is ALWAYS a big hit. My grandson who is not fond of fruit absolutely loves this!! I don't add the brown sugar, it melts too soon into the creamy mixture."
"Made with no changes for a potluck. It was a hit! Really good recipe."
"Very delicious! I made it for a graduation open house and got lots of requests for the recipe. I, too, used the lower fat cream cheese and sour cream. I found that the total amount of brown sugar and nuts was a bit more than really necessary for the presentation in the bowl I used."
"This was delicious. I used lower fat cream cheese and vanilla Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I only used 1 Tablespoon of sugar. I would definitely recommend this. I may even use it for other fruit next time!"
"This recipe is so tasty and refreshing that I add this so my summer entertaining menu and everyone raves about it!"
"I have made this the past several years. I often omit the brown sugar and pecan topping and substitute crushedbutterfinger candy bars. Gives it a different taste with the peanut butter and chocolate. Really good this way."
"I found that a little of this goes a long way as it is somewhat on the sweet side."
"Fantasic recipes and so good."
"GREAT! I made no changes!"
"This is a taste of heaven! You can not go wrong with this recipe. Everyone will love this. I eat it as a dessert sometimes. Just wonderful! Love it!! It gets better the next day if it last long. Enjoy!!!"
"Awesome! I take this for pot lucks and everyone always asks for the recipe!"
"The best salad I've ever made. Have sent the recipe many places."
"Made this for Thanksgiving. It was a HUGE hit! I don't like pecans, so I used toasted almonds instead. Tasted even better the next day."
"I used plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream(adds protein for same taste). I also used less sugar all the way around and plain chopped baking walnuts instead of pecans. Delicious!"
"Upon taking this for dinner to share, my friend stated something was missing . I had forgotten to put brown sugar and nuts on the top. What a difference they make!"
"I made this twice in the past several weeks for two different family parties. It was a hit at both of them. I didn't use the brown sugar/pecan "topping," and we still loved it!"
"I cut my grapes in half and put the brown sugar and nuts in the mixture. I reduced the white sugar and the vanilla to my personal taste. I only used about 2 lbs of grapes also. You can do anything you want to this recipe and it's still going to be fabulous. Great recipe."
"easy to make and a refreshing new way to eat grapes."
"This was a hit at our church dinner today. Nothing left to bring home!"
"I have made this for a few years. It is delicious. Everyone I have made it for loves it."
"This is a great recipe! I'd always considered that doing anything to grapes except eating them right off the bunch was gilding the lily, but after tasting this, I decided if you are going to "gild," this was the gilding to do! I'd never made this myself before today, though. We had a bunch of white grapes that were just a bit too tart for us to enjoy eating by themselves, so I mixed this up. It's so quick and so easy, and very forgiving of substitutions--I found that I didn't have sour cream, so used 0% plain Greek yogurt, and then discovered that I'd accidentally grabbed fat free cream cheese at the store, which is a slightly different creature to me than regular or lowfat. And I had no pecans, so I chopped up some almonds. Even with all that, this came out wonderfully, and tasted very similar to what I've had in the past at various gatherings."
"This is one of those recipes that have become a staple at family get togethers, everyone loves it. I always substitute Neufchâtel cheese and fat free sour cream and no one knows the difference."
"The best ever!!!"
"Delicious - easy to make healthier - use low fat cream cheese and non fat plain yogurt. I used Splenda and only 1/2 of 1/3 cup and no brown sugar on top. Also, dry roasted almonds instead of sugared nuts.."
"One of our children made it after we had dinner. It was a surprise to the entire family! We all thought it was delightful! I will make it for New Years. I will only use green grapes because my family are not fond of red grapes and instead of pecans, I may use almonds."
"This is very good!"
"I had never made this salad before I ate it at a picnic..delicious! got the recipe and made it the next day, tossed in some chopped apples and chopped celery. Also, melted the brown sugar and pecans together and poured over top for a crunchy, toffee like topping."
"Good but didn't think it was as great as the reviews made it out to be! Probably would have liked it better with less sour cream taste. Was easy to make!!"
"So easy and always a hit!"
"This recipe is so easy and always a hit!"
"This is one of my families favorite fruit salads. It's great for large family gatherings and potluck dinners."
"excellent summer salad"
"A big hit with everyone at family dinners and potlucks"
"Hi I havent actually tried this recipe yet but I was wondering if I could made it the day before serving it and let it set in the fridge all night? I appreciate any help."
"I decrease the amount of brown sugar in the topping and add a couple of broken up Butterfinger candy bars. It is a huge hit!"
"Awesome i made this for a party and next time i'll have to double it! Everyone wanted seconds!"
"So simple and everyone loves it! I toast the pecans for a richer crispier taste."
"Awesome recipe!!! My mother-in-law first made this recipe and now I can't get enough of it. We don't always use the pecans, due to my nephew being allergic. This is a keeper recipe!!!"
"I get rave reviews every time I bring this dish to a picnic or dinner. Kids and adults love it!"
"If you have friends over and serve this, a good word of advice, "make copies of the recipe"."
"My daughter (age 16) and her boyfriend (age 18) made an entire meal for our family. This was one of the recipes they chose. It was a big hit and I am sure we will make it many times again! Thank you Taste of Home!"
"This is so creamy and so good! I made it for Christmas and all of it was gone before the end of the night! Will definitely be making this again!"
"This was so creamy and delicious!! Will be making again."
"My sister raved about this and made it for me to try. It was wonderful!! She even used fat free sour cream and low fat cream cheese to cut down on the fat in it and that made absolutely no difference in it, it was just delicious!"
"If I do ever make this again, I would cut the cream cheese mixture in half."
"This is a delicious recipe. It is a great summer treat. Very addictive!"
"Everyone looked at it funny and then had seconds! A winner."
"try toasted coconut with brown sugar/pecan mixture..Took it to a Halloween party and called it Hairy eyeballs..a big hit"
"It was very tasty.Everyone loved it. I used light sour cream and light cream cheese. Substituted splenda for the sugar. Next time I think I will add some apple, strawberries and blueberries."
"This is always a hit with our family. Someone makes it for every gathering."
"This salad is always a hit! I also use 2 Butterfinger candy bars and 1/4 C. of brown sugar for the topping. Also, you can make it the night before."
"Took this to our Pig Roast and it was all gone. The flavor is great!"
"a delicious change to any meal especially take to potlucks."
"I have been making this recipe for years and we LOVE it. My kids have affectionately renamed it "Eyeball salad" since, in a clear bowl that's what it kind of looks like. :) I put the nuts and brown sugar on top several hours before serving and it starts to carmelize on top and makes it even better. (I also increase the brown sugar on top)"
"I do not put the brown sugar on top. It gives it a gritty taste that my family does not like. I put it in the sour cream."
"This is a great salad. The 1st time I made it, family was unsure but at the end of the day nothing was left and I have to make it almost all the time now for everything."
"Always a hit. I use powdered sugar instead of granular. I think it mixes in better."
"I have made this several times and our grandchildren love this salad and think it is a wonderful treat."
"I had this at a baby shower and loved it. I have shared the recipe with many others and have made several times, and always get rave reviews."
"I had this at a pot luck at work and a co-worker refused to give me the recipe. Only thing different is she used crushed Butterfingers on top and it was awesome. Thanks for the recipe!"
"divide by 8 and round up or down. depending if u want left-overs.Zach"
"Yummy =) Everyone loved it."
"I only need about 4 servings of this, do you have the breakdowns for just this many?"
"I added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the cream cheese mixture. It was great!"
"I have had this with Splenda and it's just as good, also have used almond instead of vanilla for a stronger flavor."