Creamy Grape Salad

This Creamy Grape Salad is one of the most addicting fruit salads on the planet.  Full of sweet red and green grapes with just a dusting of brown sugar you will be hooked at first bite. 

If you like to bring side dishes to your get togethers you should wow your friends and family with these herb garlic butter smashed potatoes,  or tasty garlic parmesan roasted brussels sprouts.

creamy grape salad in a white serving bowl sprinkled with brown sugar and pecans-perfect side dish

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Creamy Grape Salad

The next time you think of fruit salad for any occasion I want you to think of this creamy grape salad.  I promise you it will be perfect for a party, family BBQ, potluck, you name it, everyone will love it.  This grape salad recipe is easy to make and takes minutes to put together.

Each bite will be bursting with juicy red and green grapes while being wrapped in creamy delicious cool whip and cream cheese fluff.  Top with a sprinkle of brown sugar and pecans and enjoy. 

Time and time again I try to make things that are fancy or require hours in the kitchen just because I think they will turn out better than something quick and easy, but this grape salad recipe proves me wrong.  Delicious comes in simplicity and in creaminess with lots of fluff bursting with grapes.

Every time I make this grape salad recipe with cool whip and bring it to a party or family dinner without fail it is gobbled up in seconds.  Is it a dessert? Is it a side dish? My answer? It is both!  I kid you not, no matter what the age, everyone will love this creamy grape salad!

How to make Grape Salad?

  1. Wash and stem grapes and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat to combine, cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla, and cool whip.
  3. Fold in grapes, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Garnish with brown sugar and pecans just before serving.

grape salad mixed in a creamy cool whip and cream cheese fluff served in a white bowl.

Tips for making the best grape salad:

  • Make sure to wash and pat dry your grapes so the water doesn’t get into the salad.
  • Stem your grapes and set aside until ready to use them.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature to avoid getting lumps.
  • If you want to make a “lighter” version of this salad, you can use 1/3 less fat cream cheese, fat free cool whip and light sour cream (don’t use fat free, it will turn out too runny).
  • You can also add less sugar.  Try adding it one Tablespoon at a time, beating it in and tasting it to see if it is sweet enough.  You can always add more, you can’t take it away.
  • You can always add in additional fruit, such a kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, or bananas.
  • You can make this grape salad ahead of time and keep it covered in your refrigerator for up to 8 hours before serving.
  • If you are not a fan of pecans you can omit the nuts all together or use cashew (which would give it a little salty and sweet flavor) or even honey roasted peanuts would be yummy.

Looking for more easy side dish recipe?

creamy grape salad being served from a white bowl with gold fork.

So you should never have to worry about what side dish make, this grape salad with cool whip will be a party hero and only take minutes to make!

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Creamy Grape Salad

Servings: 10 People
This Creamy Grape Salad is one of the most addicting fruit salads on the planet.  Full of sweet red and green grapes with just a dusting of brown sugar you will be hooked at first bite. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds seedless red grapes
  • 2 pounds seedless green grapes
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • Brown sugar to garnish optional
  • Pecans whole or chopped to garnish, optional


In a large mixing bowl beat, cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla, and cool whip.

    Fold in grapes.

      Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve then garnish with brown sugar and pecans.

        Course: Side Dish
        Cuisine: American
        Keyword: Creamy Grape Salad, Side dish
        Author: Shannon


        Sodium: 69mg, Calcium: 71mg, Vitamin C: 6mg, Vitamin A: 440IU, Sugar: 35g, Fiber: 1g, Potassium: 414mg, Cholesterol: 26mg, Calories: 252kcal, Saturated Fat: 5g, Fat: 9g, Protein: 2g, Carbohydrates: 41g, Iron: 0.7mg

        22 comments on “Creamy Grape Salad”

        1. I have made this before and used Vanilla Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, vanilla and sugar and it turned out perfect. Just a suggestion for those wanting to cut a few calories

          • So you didn’t use cream cheese at all? Only greek yogurt, vanilla & sugar an tasted good. What was calories that way over 157 per serving?

            • Beverly I don’t think she omitted the cream cheese, she just mentioned sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Looks good doesn’t it? Grapes are on sale today. Yay

        2. I want to make this in the worst way, but fear gaining 3 0 lbs if I eat it. 🙂

        3. What is the sugar count per serving?

        4. I’m from the UK, what would our version of “cool whip” be?

          • Paula,

            Hi, I am not sure what you have available in the UK, but if you have heavy whipping cream and whip it with a hand mixer to medium/firm peaks that would work in place of the cool whip.

        5. this looks so good going to make it

        6. What is she sugar count per serving? I work for a preschool and we can only have 5g of sugar per serving and I would love to make this… 

          • Hi Nancylee

            There is more than 5 grams since there are so many grapes the amount of natural sugars is more than that. Sorry.

          • I would think if you make it for preschoolers I would cut grapes in half. Very easy to choke on them.

        7. I’ve have had this at church dinners before it is delicious! Also some people put walnuts in stead of  pecans but either way is good.

        8. How much is in a serving?

        9. 5 stars
          Love you can scale the ingredients according to the number of servings .

        10. what does it mean *folded* lol

        11. Can you use other variations if grapes?

        12. Would walnuts work. Just trying to use up stuff in hand.

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