Southern Grape Salad may sound a little odd to some, but it is positively delicious. So creamy and sweet and perfect for any holiday occasion, potluck, church gathering, or family function. It is made with red and green grapes, cream cheese, sour cream, brown sugar, toasted pecans, and vanilla or almond extract.
If you’re tired of bringing the same humdrum macaroni salad or potato salad to every potluck, you go to, change it up with this delicious tasting Southern Grape Salad. People will quickly become fans. There is nothing you and guests won’t love about this easy salad that’s so sweet and satisfying.
The grapes, usually red or green or both, get coated in a creamy mixture of sour cream, cream cheese, granulated sugar, and almond or vanilla extract. I also like to add some green celery for added extra crunch at times. A combination of brown sugar and chopped pecans gets added on top. It’s as easy as that! You can also add coconut if you like or other things for variation.
My family’s first encounter with Southern Grape Salad was at a family reunion of my best friend several years ago. My best friend’s grandmother was ending the family reunion potluck-style luncheon.
So, of course, everyone was going to bring their best dish. Fran brought this incredible concoction of grapes, cream cheese, sour cream, brown sugar, and chopped pecans. I have been a fan ever since.
The ingredients needed are simple to find at almost any market year-round. The recipe is easy to do variations on as well. Prefer walnuts over pecans? They can be subbed. Like almond flavor instead of vanilla? Switch it out. You can use any grapes you and your family enjoy as well.
Ingredients You Need To Make Southern Grape Salad
Red and Green Grapes – do not halve the grapes.
Cream cheese – leave out on the counter to reach room temperature
Sour Cream – Get a good quality that isn’t watery.
Fine white sugar– works best when combining ingredients.
Vanilla or almond extract – Be sure to buy actual extract.
Brown Sugar– be sure to make sure it is not lumpy
Pecans or walnuts- chopped to the desired size
Tips For Making Southern Grape Salad
If you’re not big on sour cream, use a thick Greek Yogurt to substitute the sour cream. (Plain)
Change out the chopped pecans for walnuts for a change.
You can use any seedless green, red, or even black grapes to change it up and add a different flavor.
You can add extras to this salad to make it more of your own. Try coconut, celery, diced apples, or other tasty bits.
Serve the salad for Christmas, Easter, and. Thanksgiving, It’s also perfect for Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations too.
Southern Grape Salad is easy to make and comes together in minutes. It’s just that simple to make for any occasion you can think of.
How To Make This Recipe
To make the Southern grape salad, wash, drain and lightly pat the grapes dry.
Blend the Philly cream cheese, quality sour cream, or Greek yogurt if substituting, vanilla or almond extract, and fine white sugar until smooth and creamy.
Fold in the whole grapes and chill the salad for at least 45 to an hour.
When you’re ready to serve your guests the dessert, sprinkle on the pecans and brown sugar.
Southern Grape Salad
- Colander- to drain grapes
- Large cookie sheet- to finish drying grapes
- Paper towels- to dry grapes
- Hand mixer - to mix cream cheese
- Large bowel - to place salad ingredients
- Serving dish -to serve
- Serving spoon- to serve
- 8 ounces cream cheese bring to room temp
- ¾ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond
- 3 tablespoons fine white sugar
- 3 cups green grapes washed and dried
- 3 cups red grapes washed and dried
- ¼ cup brown sugar may add more
- ½ cup pecans or walnuts
- Wash, drain, and lightly pat the grapes dry. Line a large cookie sheet with paper towels and let finish drying. Pat lightly with a paper towel if needed.
- Blend the Philly cream cheese, quality sour cream, or Greek yogurt if substituting, vanilla or almond extract, and fine white sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Fold in the whole grapes and chill the salad for at least 45 to an hour.
- When you’re ready to serve your guests the dessert, sprinkle on the pecans and brown sugar.
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