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Refreshing Grape Salad Recipe: Two Ways

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This refreshing grape salad recipe will become your go-to dish to make for picnics, office parties, potlucks, and even for your dinner table.

Grapes are such underutilized fruits. Besides tasting great by themselves, they pair perfectly with cheese and wine, and are perfect in granola parfaits and chicken salad recipes. But I’ve got something sweet and simple to add to your next meal. This refreshing grape salad recipe is ideal for adding to your dinner table, picnic, boating excursion, or even dessert. I’ve given you two options to choose between, the classic recipe or an alternative for a more refined palate. 

refreshing grape salad recipe
grape salad recipe

Grapes are expensive, so in my pictures, I’m only using around one pound each of red and green seedless grapes. The recipe resulted is a smaller quantity, with much more dressing coating the grapes. Who can go wrong with more cream cheese goodness? Bonus, grapes have tremendous health benefits. They are a heart-healthy snack packed with nutrients like Vitamin K and C and have high levels of antioxidants. Grapes (minus the recipe ingredients) are also fat free and low calorie. 

I shaved off a few calories in this recipe by using reduced-fat cream cheese and light sour cream. I couldn’t taste any difference by doing so. You can use whatever nuts you have on hand for the topping, but I would suggest pecans or walnuts. Toast them for a few seconds in a hot skillet to bring the nut flavor out.

grape salad ingredients

Proper Storage 

These grapes were near the end of their shelf life, thus the reason for the brown spots. I hate throwing food away, so this tasty recipe brought them back to life and satisfied my husband’s sweet tooth. 

FYI: Grapes (82% water, your fun fact for the day) should be refrigerated in a plastic bag, though I use a lock & lock container. Do not wash your grapes until  you are ready to eat or use them. This will extend the grape’s shelf life, which is between 7 and 14 days. 

adding cream base to grape salad

A Super Simple Recipe 

I separated the grapes into two bowls to make the two separate recipes. One has vanilla flavoring, and the other a honey-ginger white balsamic vinegar

two varieties of grape salad

There are all sorts of modern kitchen devices to do everything for you, but I’m old-school. I put my crackers in a sandwich bag and smash them with a soup can a few times and voila, perfect crumbs. No cleanup. 

grape salad crumb topping nuts and brown sugar

The chilled grape salad is topped with the nut topping before serving. Be generous; there is plenty to go around. 

crumb topping over chilled grapes

I hope you enjoy this delicious and refreshing grape salad recipe. I’ve served it to people who didn’t like grapes, and they could easily eat it covered with all this yummy, creamy coating. 

Which topping would you like best, the classic or honey-ginger? 


Refreshing Grape Salad Recipe: Two Ways

grape salad with nuts and brown sugar topping

crumb topping over chilled grapesThis easy to make and tasty dish elevates grapes to a sweet world of creamy, cool, and refreshing. It is perfect for picnics, potlucks, backyard bbqs, or your dinner table. Serve as a dessert or side dish. Caution: it’s addictive!


  • Author: Melody Pittman
  • Prep Time: 40 min
  • Cook Time: none
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 8-12 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: American



grape salad ingredients

1 to 2# red seedless grapes (or 2 1/2 cups)

1 to 2# green seedless grapes (or 2 1/2 cups)

8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup light sour cream

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla or 2 tsp. honey ginger white balsamic vinegar (alternate orange-ginger version)

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice

(alternative orange-ginger version crumb topping)

1/2 cup crumbled Anna’s orange Swedish thins

1/4 cup chopped pecans


In a small bowl, mix sour cream, sugar, softened cream cheese, and vanilla until combined and creamy. (I use a mixer, but not required) Pour cream mixture over the two kinds of grapes and gently fold together until the grapes are coated. Refrigerate until chilled and ready to serve.

In a small bowl, combine chopped nuts and brown sugar. Cover and store until ready to serve.

To serve, pour crumb topping over grapes.



A second variety of this dish, is to omit the vanilla flavoring and replace with 2 tsp. honey-ginger white balsamic vinegar. For the crumb topping, combine the crumbled orange thins with chopped nuts and top when ready to serve. The taste is a little more exotic and less sweet. I love them both equally.

I find Anna’s Swedish thins (cookies) at Publix and Big Lots. The flavored vinegar was one I picked up at a local store in the Shenandoah Valley. I love browsing the fun olive oil and vinegar stores, then end up buying them with no clue of how to use them. This was my first time testing the honey ginger variety, and it was a delicious combination.


  • Serving Size: 3/4cup
  • Calories: 237g
  • Sugar: 31.2g
  • Sodium: 129mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3.9g
  • Cholesterol: 29mg

Keywords: grapes, cold salad, side dish, grape salad

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