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Grape Salad

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Red and green grapes combined to make the best grape salad recipe ever.

Coated in cream cheese and Greek Yogurt, the sweet cream cheese mixture tames those tender grapes into a side dish recipe that is a refreshingly incredible potluck dish.

large bowl of grape salad.

Why you should make Creamy Grape Salad

While side dishes like Classic Hellman’s potato salad or this well-known and expected Ambrosia Salad recipe are sure to be a crowd-pleaser, everyone always appreciates something unique and interesting at a get-together.

This creamy grape salad is just that dish!

With fresh grapes (coming in a variety of flavors, sizes, and colors) the star of the show, the brown sugar, and nut topping brings it such a bright sweet but tangy dish. 

Ingredients

  • Juicy grapes – The most beautiful and tasty grape salads use two varieties of grapes – green grapes and purple grapes both. Just make sure stems are removed and grapes are washed. This dish needs 4 pounds of seedless grapes for a BBQ or Potluck grape salad recipe. Avoid mushy grapes.
  • Cream cheese – When working with cream cheese that needs to be mixed, its best to be pre-softened.

  • Unflavored Greek yogurt – Before you ask, yes, you can use flavored Greek Yogurt, but in combination with sweet grapes, it may be too much sweetness for this dish. Unflavored Greek Yogurt gives that creamy balance without overloading this side dish with excess flavors, but that choice flavor, like Vanilla Greek, is yours. 
  • Chopped walnuts – Chopped walnuts or chopped crunchy pecans add the perfect crunch.
  • Additionally needed: brown sugar, white granulated sugar, and vanilla extract.
stirring in cream cheese mixture.

How to make Grape Salad

  1. For the creamy dressing, add Greek yogurt, white sugar, softened cream cheese, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract to a mixing bowl and beat well until smooth. 
  2. Stir in grapes and mix well to coat evenly. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine walnuts and brown sugar and mix well.
how to make grape salad recipe.
  1. Spoon creamy grapes into a serving bowl and sprinkle with brown sugar mixture.
  2. Cover the grape mixture with plastic wrap (or an airtight container) and refrigerate for at least four hours. Serve grape salad cold. 

How many cups are in a pound of grapes

Grapes come in various sizes, so cups of grapes often vary by brand.

In general, 1 pound of seedless grapes runs between 2 cups and 2.5 cups total.

Prepping grapes for salad

Grapes should be seedless, washed, and patted dry. Make sure grapes are completely dry so as not to add unnecessarily water or moisture to the dish. 

Grapes can be left whole or sliced in half. Grapes can be a choking hazard, so if using extra-large grapes, it’s best to cut them down in halves or 4ths.

Should you go in that direction, there will be more prep time involved in this unless you use a Grape Slicer.

pouring grapes into a bowl.

Best way to Soften Cream Cheese

Cream cheese isn’t very pliable until it’s softened. We usually pull out the cream cheese, remove the packaging, and let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before needing to mix it. 

How to store Grape Salad

Grapes have a lot of juicy, and naturally, those juices begin to get into the cream cheese dressing over time. This dish can be stored in an airtight container but only last a few days in the fridge. If you cut the grapes in half to serve, the dressing can even become runnier in a day or so.

As a note, crunchy walnuts in the fridge can become softer over time.

Substitute options for Greek Yogurt

The best substitute for unflavored Greek Yogurt is full-fat sour cream. 

scoop of grape salad/

5 from 4 votes

Grape Salad with Greek Yogurt


Prep Time 15 minutes
Creamy Grape Salad made with Greek Yogurt, Cream Cheese, and a delicious brown sugar walnut topping. A great dessert salad to serve at potlucks and picnics alongside a BBQ menu.

Ingredients
 

  • 4 lbs. grapes
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup Unflavored Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  • Add softened cream cheese, Greek yogurt, white sugar, and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl and beat well until smooth.
  • Stir in clean and dried grapes and mix well to evenly coat. 
  • In a small bowl, combine chopped walnuts and brown sugar and mix well.
  • Spoon grape mixture into a serving bowl and sprinkle with brown sugar nut mixture.
  • Cover grape salad and refrigerate for four hours or overnight. Serve cold. 

Notes

Best way to Soften Cream Cheese
Cream cheese isn’t very pliable until it’s softened. We usually pull out the cream cheese, remove the packaging, and let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before needing to mix it. 
How to store Grape Salad
Grapes have a lot of juicy, and naturally, those juices begin to get into the cream cheese dressing over time. This dish can be stored in an airtight container but only last a few days in the fridge. If you cut the grapes in half to serve, the dressing can even become runnier in a day or so.
As a note, crunchy walnuts in the fridge can become softer over time.
Substitute options for Plain Greek Yogurt
The best substitute for unflavored Greek Yogurt is full-fat sour cream. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

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