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!




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.


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