A Garden Party – Featuring Grape Salad

by Alli

Grape Salad is cool, creamy, and crunchy. It’s so refreshing and is a unique twist on a summer salad. It’s a family favorite.

Grape Salad in a clear glass bowl

Grape Salad is the perfect Side Dish For A Garden Party

Table Set For A Garden Party - Black Table With Flowers For A Centerpiece

My grandma Elrod was an avid gardener. I believe she knew the common name of every flower on the planet. And she could grow anything. Ditto for my mom and her sisters, as well.

Me, not so much. In my case, I thought the apple had fallen far from the tree when it came to the love of gardening.

Until I turned 40. In my 20’s, I thought lawns and gardens were best left in the hands of the lawn maintenance company that magically showed up at my house once a week. I had enough on my plate without added work.  

In my late 30’s I began to hear and largely ignore the call of the soil, “Come play with me!” I piddled a little bit with flowers but by the time 40 rolled around, I had answered that call in my amateurish sort of way.

Along the way, I’ve learned that gardening is always a work in progress, at least for me. And just puttering around outside is a distant cousin of gardening.

These days, I love planning garden parties. Grape salad is a perfect party dish for a spring or summer garden party. It’s so easy to make and everyone seems to love this side dish. 

Grape Salad In A Large Clear Glass Bowl

Grape Salad Ingredients (Full Printable Recipe Down Below)

  • Green Seedless Grapes
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese, soften
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Brown sugar
  • Chopped pecans

How To Toast Pecans For Grape Salad

I like to toast the pecans before sprinkling on top. In a medium skillet on medium heat, heat pecans for 3-5 minutes until fragrant and browned, stirring frequently. 

You can also toast pecans in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350ยบF. Spread pecans in a single layer onto a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Toast for 7-10 minutes, until brown and fragrant, shaking the pan occasionally. 

You can make grape salad the night before you’re serving it and refrigerate overnight. Or make it the same day, just make sure the salad is chilled before serving. 

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Yield: 24 servings

Grape Salad

Grape Salad in a clear glass bowl

Grape Salad is a cool, creamy salad topped with pecans and brown sugar. It's so good!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs grapes (green seedless)
  • 2 lbs grapes (red seedless)
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, soften
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Wash and stem grapes and let dry.
  2. Mix sour cream, cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla by hand until blended.
  3. Stir grapes into mixture, and pour into a large serving bowl.
  4. For the topping: Combine brown sugar, and crushed pecans.
  5. Sprinkle over top of grapes to cover completely.
  6. Chill overnight.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 181Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 15mgSodium 36mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 24gProtein 2g

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4 comments

Kirsten @ One Tough Mother June 5, 2013 - 9:08 am

I just had grape salad for the first time last night! It was SO good! Glad you shared the recipe because I forgot to get it from my friend yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ The flowers look gorgeous!

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Alli June 5, 2013 - 11:45 am

Ah, thanks! At first, I thought about slicing the grapes but then I realized it would make the recipe way too wet! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s the prefect summertime salad! Thanks for stopping by!

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Dixie June 7, 2013 - 9:50 am

Thank you for your post about Grandma Elrod…..HAPPY, PRECIOUS, AND JOYFUL MEMORIES! You are so right about Grandma’s daughters being able to grow anything….. The older I get, the more I love it!

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Alli June 7, 2013 - 10:06 am

And your mom’s grape salad was the reason for the post. Love ya, girl!

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