Grape Salad

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Grape salad is a quick and versatile side dish or dessert that the adults love as much as the kids. It’s sweet, refreshing, and irresistible! A simple combination of juicy grapes, whipped topping, and crushed pecans makes the most delicious addition to any potluck meal.

Grape salad is best made ahead so it’s great to take along to events!

Grape Salad topped with crushed pecans

How To Make Grape Salad

Don’t you just love those dishes that are quick and easy to prepare, yet still manage to win rave reviews? That’s what this grape salad recipe delivers, it’s literally as easy as 1,2,3.

  1. Wash and halve grapes.
  2. Mix the creamy base.
  3. Stir everything together.

This grape salad recipe is incredibly versatile. Instead of the pecans, you could substitute walnuts, cashews, or any nut you prefer.

If you’d prefer you can make this grape salad with marshmallow creme or even vanilla yogurt with a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar mixed in! I use whipped topping because it’s quick and easy but you can make Whipped Cream (be sure to add sweetener to it).

How Long Does Grape Salad Last in the Fridge

Grape salad tastes best when it’s chilled, so keep in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.  If you use Cool Whip topping or yogurt, then it will keep a couple of days in the refrigerator.

If you use real whipped cream, either from a can or homemade, then plan to serve your grape salad with pecans the same day. Whipped cream loses its fluffiness quite quickly after it is mixed with fruit, and if it lingers too long in the refrigerator, it will turn soupy.

grape salad in a bowl close up

What To Serve with Grape Salad: Grape salad is so refreshing and light, it’s a perfect dessert for any lunch or dinner, any time of year.  But sometimes you want something sweet as a side dish on your plate. Serve it with something savory, like ribs, or grilled chicken breasts!

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Review Recipe

Grape Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Grape salad is a quick and versatile side dish or dessert that adults love just as much as kids!


  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped topping such as cool whip
  • 4 cups seedless grapes halved
  • 1 cup pecans chopped

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  • Combine cream cheese, brown sugar and extract until smooth and creamy. Fold in whipped topping. 
  • Add grapes and pecans.
  • Stir to combine.

Recipe Notes

If desired, substitute whipped topping for whipped cream. 
Grape Salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 189, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 216mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 159IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword best recipe, grape salad, how to make, what is
Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. This is my favorite fruit salad ever. I took it to a potluck class reunion and it was a huge hit. You really must try it with the pitted cherries as it adds additional flavor to the salad. I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is.5 stars

  2. A tip for cutting the grapes. Take a plastic container lid, place grapes on it in a single layer, top with another plastic container lid. With your hand holding the top lid down gently, use a serated knife to cut the grapes in half. This also works for cutting cherry tomatoes.

    1. Been making this for years & never cut the grapes. Leave them whole so juices don’t water down the creamy mixture. Lasts longer in the frig, too!

  3. Hi Holly; Here are some variables that would work with your fruit salad.

    Fruit Salad

    Dressing #1
    With electric beaters whip 12 oz. heavy whipping cream too soft peaks with 1 tsp. coconut extract and 2 Tbsp. sugar. Then add a small pkg. (3 1/2 oz.) of cream cheese cubed. About 1/2 or a little more of a 22 oz. container of Real Cream of Coconut, and about 1/2 of a 14 oz. pkg. of shredded Coconut. Continue to mix with beaters until well blended. This should make about 1 quart of dressing. Gently mix to taste into fruit of choice. If you haven’t used Real Cream of Coconut before you will find it next to the wine in the drink mix section.

    Dressing #2
    Mix a 6 oz. pkg. of COOK & SERVE pudding mix with the juice from a 20 oz. can of Pineapple Tid Bits, cook until thickened. Then gently blend with fruit of choice. You can use any flavor of COOK & SERVE pudding to go with your fruit but if in doubt use Vanilla. I like Butter Scotch.

    Now the fruit
    You can use just about any fresh or well drained canned fruit cut to bite size. Grapes are always good. Core your apples but don’t peal. Cantaloupe and Honey Dew are exceptionally good and of course all kinds of berries. Bananas are very good but begin to oxidize if held more than two days. Chopped Walnuts or Pecans are also a good choice.

    You will need about 1 cup of fruit per serving and the Dressings as listed will dress about 6 to 8 servings (Depending on who you are feeding, Some of us eat more than we should). The salads are best if allowed to rest in fridge for a couple of hours before serving.5 stars

    1. Both of these dressings sound delicious for fruit salad Billy! Thanks so much for sharing them and I am going to try your second dressing with butterscotch, that sounds really yummy!