Jan 7

Cream Cheese Pecan Grape Salad

Grape Salad Recipe

I just love these desserts that masquerade as "salads" -- kind of like my cranberry salad recipe. And like the cranberry salad, you'll find sour cream and cream cheese play a big role in this dish.

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No, this is definitely not diet food.

Although I'm guessing you could easily lighten it up a bit by substituting plain yogurt and Neufchâtel, along with using a lighter hand on the sugar and nuts.

But I went full fat, full sugar with everything... and served myself a big bowl for breakfast -- because I'm the mommy and I'm allowed to do that. And I loved. every. bite.

In fact, I may have another bowl for lunch. Shh...

Cream Cheese Pecan Grape Salad Recipe

Yield: 16 servings

Cream Cheese Pecan Grape Salad Recipe


  • 1 lb. green grapes
  • 1 lb. red grapes
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 8-oz. bag pecan pieces
  • 2 cups brown sugar


  1. Wash and dry the grapes.
  2. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and sour cream until smooth. Fold the grapes into this mixture.
  3. Spread the grape mixture out in a 9x13 dish.
  4. Mix together pecans and brown sugar, and sprinkle over the top of the grape mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.


I prefer to toast my pecans for this recipe, but it's still very tasty without this additional step.

This is a great dish for potlucks and cookouts. It's easy to make, travels well, and it's slightly unusual but delicious!

by Tara | 25 comments

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Christie January 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

We love grape salad! It is my go to dish to take to church and everyone always loves it! We skip the pecans and instead of 2 cups of brown sugar we use 1 cup of sugar in the raw or demerara sugar for the crunch!


rita in mi January 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Mmmm, my aunt makes this for potlucks and I love it. So goood!


Constance January 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

can you use/ have you other things beside grapes?


Tara January 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I’ve not tried anything besides grapes, but I think it would be delicious on any kind of berry — strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. You’ve inspired me to try some new combinations!


Constance January 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I think I will try Strawberries


Tara January 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Good choice. I’d love to hear how it turns out!


Melinda January 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

This does look yummy! I can just taste it on fresh strawberries or raspberries!


Amy January 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I am making this for my in-laws’ surprise anniversary party on Sunday… if I don’t eat it all first. Ha! This looks fantastic, T!



Tara January 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

You won’t be disappointed. It’s to-die-for good, especially with the toasted pecans!


Laura January 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

We love Grape Salad!
It is one of my most-requested recipes and always a hit at any type of gathering!
You CAN make it more diet-friendly : Simply use the low-fat versions of sour cream and cream cheese and use Splenda instead of the sugar.
Though I haven’t tried it this way, I have a friend who did it this way and said you couldn’t tell the difference.


Jennifer June 4, 2011 at 3:48 am

I’m going to use grapes my very first time making this, but I bet it would also be yummy with cherries!


Tara @ Unsophisticook June 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

That’s a great idea — and I happen to have some cherries in my fridge right now… Might have to give it a try!


Anita October 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

A friend brought this into work for a potluck, it was great! I wanted to try it for a family gathering but since everyone was watching their waistline I altered it a little. I just used the grapes and added french vanilla low fat yogurt. Also I added pecans and additional fruit (apples, strawberries and/or apples). Either way YUMMY!!!!


Amanda November 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Does it make a difference if I let it chill overnight??


Jean October 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

One of the girls I work with had some of the grape salad at work one day and loved it, with fall here I tried an apple version of it and my grandkids love it and instead of brown sugar on the top I drizzles carmel on it and is a new favorite at home and also at work…


Tara October 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

What a great adaptation! Will have to try it.


Christina November 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

My favorite dessert!! It is easy to make and everyone loves it in my family. we are all picky eaters. . but instead of brown sugar and pecans i add plain crushed pecans to the mix it gives it a nice little taste


Tara November 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Nah, it shouldn’t — but I’d probably let it chill for at least two hours if possible.


derinda May 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

i cant wait to try this recipe, a good friend told me about it so i looked it up and found this neat place to get recipes and store them instead of book marking everything. what i want to know is, do you use powdered sugar? that’s what my friend used, but it just say’s sugar?


Tara May 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Welcome, Derinda! I use regular granulated sugar, but I’m sure you could substitute powdered sugar.


Emily November 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I use crushed up Butterfingers for the topping and it’s delicious!!!


Lorri May 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm

2 Pounds of pecans????!!!!


Tara May 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

Oh goodness, I can’t believe I haven’t caught that before this… No, it’s the 8-oz. bag that has about 2 cups of pecans in it. Thank you for catching that!


Donna Johnston June 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

This reciepe sounds so good I am trying it for our family barbeque we all love grapes so it is sure to be a hit.


patti bell July 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I make this same salad and we love it. But I only use 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar mixed with the nuts.


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