Grape Salad

This retro creamy grape salad is a picnic classic! Red and green grapes are covered in a sweet cream cheese dressing then topped with brown sugar and pecans for a sweet crunch when serving.

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This recipe for creamy grape salad is a delicious, sweet retro treat that is perfect as a dessert. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover grapes you might have and turn them into something way better than just a bunch of fruit. 

This salad was popular at every Tupperware party in the 80’s, ever. I hadn’t had it for years!

grape salad in a white bowl

Grape Salad

This vintage recipe is basically a combination of tasty grapes and a sort of cream cheese frosting / eggless cheesecake mixture. That might not sound especially delicious, but it is once again just something that somehow works once it is all mixed in together.

The use of some toasted pecans and brown sugar at the end really takes it over the edge, contributing some great crunch a bit of a more intense sweetness that goes perfectly with the more simple sweetness of the grapes. 

Grape Salad Ingredients

Make sure you look at that recipe card at the very bottom for the exact ingredients you need.

  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • White sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Red & green grapes


  • Toasted Pecans
  • Brown Sugar
grape salad ingredients

How To Make Grape Salad

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla until it is well blended together, making sure there are no lumps left
  • Add in the grapes and stir to coat
  • Place the mixture into a serving bowl
  • Cover and refrigerate for a few hours first
  • Just before you serve, sprinkle with the brown sugar and pecans
grape salad in white bowls

Is This Really A Salad?

The idea of calling this a salad definitely stretches the definition of the word, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t accurate.

While everyone assumes a salad is a mixture of green, leafy vegetables and some dressing, the strict definition of a salad is a combination of different pieces of food all together. A pico de gallo is technically a salad, so why not this grape salad?

While it might not be especially healthy, this grape salad is still a really great way to get some fruit into your diet while also looking surprisingly picturesque despite its white-ish color. 

grape salad on a wooden spoon

Can You Use Low Fat Dairy?

Whenever a recipe contains dairy products like cream cheese or sour cream, there is always the option to substitute in some low fat equivalents.

For the classic tasting recipe, you absolutely need to use just the full-fat stuff.

If you use the lower fat, fewer calorie versions, you are going to notice a flat or “off” taste compared to the full fat,so just as long as you are aware that it won’t taste like the old version that’s fine to use them! The choice is up to you!

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Grape Salad

This retro creamy grape salad is a picnic classic! Red and green grapes are covered in a sweet cream cheese dressing then topped with brown sugar and pecans for a sweet crunch when serving.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • one 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup white sugar or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups seedless red grapes
  • 5 cups seedless green grapes


  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended together well, ensuring that there are no lumps in the cream cheese. Taste and add more sugar if desired.
  • Add in the grapes and stir to coat.
  • Place the mixture into your serving bowl of choice.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a few hours until serving.
  • Just befores serving, sprinkle with the brown sugar and pecans.

Recipe Notes

  • This is a large retro recipe, so you can adjust the size of it as needed! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 216kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 23mg, Potassium: 340mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 246IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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    Can I make day before serving or wait til day of?

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