Creamy Grape Fruit Salad

04.19.2017

Grape Salad tossed with a sweet and creamy light cream cheese dressing, and paired with crunchy pecans for contrast! This is one of those simple satisfying sides that people love at cookouts. It uses basic ingredients yet produces incredibly delicious results!

Overhead close up image of grape salad in a large wooden bowl.

The Best Grape Salad Recipe!

While I do enjoy winter, I’m totally happy to be moving along into spring and summer.

I love all the spring blossoms everywhere (the smell of the lilacs is making me want to live outside lately) and I just can’t get enough of those warm sunny rays.

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Oh and the baby ducks at the park (er, proper word ducklings but since when was I proper?)

Another thing I really love about spring and summer is the abundance of delicious, fresh, cheap produce that comes with it (you know i’ll be buying up blueberries and raspberries by the dozen when they go on sale.)

Lately, grapes have finally been a decent price so I bought a bunch of them and used them to make this fruit salad that I absolutely love.

I first had a version of this Creamy Grape Fruit Salad many years ago at a party and fell in love at first bite. I mean how could I not? Anything with cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese and I’m sold!

Close up image of red grapes dripping with water.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Red and green grapes
  • Neufchatel cheese
  • Light sour cream
  • Honey
  • White and brown sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Pecans

As usual I used my favorite brand of nuts here – I used Fisher Pecans for this recipe. Fisher is a brand I’ve long trusted and I love knowing they are preservative free! They are one of my go-to snacks and recipe ingredients and this salad just wouldn’t be the same without them.

How to Make Grape Salad

  • Whip Neufchatel cheese in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add in sour cream, honey, granulated sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add grapes, cream cheese mixture and 3/4 of the pecans to a bowl and toss.
  • Sprinkle over brown sugar and remaining pecans.
  • Keep chilled, serve within a couple of hours.

Creamy Grape Fruit Salad

How I Made it Lighter

The classic version of this salad calls for cream cheese and sour cream but to make it a little lighter I like to use Neufchatel cheese and light sour cream.

I also like to decrease the amount of sugar added (some similar recipes call for 4 times the sugar) but I like the sweetness to come from the fruit, no need to have them swimming in sugar for a fruit salad. Let’s save that for cake :).

More Changes I Made to the Original

I also swapped out some of the sugar for honey.

And usually it’s listed to use equal parts red and green grapes but I definitely like red better so I use 2/3 to 1/3 (and be sure not to use sour green grapes – I hate when I get a batch of those).

And of course I like to add a fair amount of nuts because I love the crunch and flavor they add to this fruit salad.

Creamy Grape Fruit Salad

A Refreshing Summer Salad

Make it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean! All those sweet juicy grapes, along with some crunchy pecans for contrast, all paired with luscious dressing to finish it off.

And when served nice and cold it’s amazingly refreshing on a hot summer day.

Add it to your menu this weekend, and definitely save the recipe for upcoming get togethers and holidays!

Grape salad toss with a cream cheese dressing and pecans. Served in a wooden bowl over a white scalloped plate.

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Creamy Grape Fruit Salad

5 from 1 vote

Such a refreshing fruit salad! Sweet, crisp grapes are tossed with a rich cream cheese dressing, and paired with crunchy pecans for contrast! This is one of those simple satisfying sides that people love at cookouts. It uses basic ingredients yet produces incredibly delicious results! 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grape Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs seedless red grapes, washed and dried well
  • 1 lb seedless green grapes, washed and dried well
  • 6 oz. Neufchatel cheese (AKA 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
  • 2/3 cup light sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer whip Neufchatel cheese until smooth and fluffy, while occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Add in sour cream, honey, granulated sugar and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  2. Place red and green grapes in a salad bowl. Pour in sour cream mixture and about 3/4 of the pecans. Toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle top of fruit salad with brown sugar then sprinkle with remaining pecans. Keep chilled, serve within a couple of hours.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Grape Fruit Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 59mg 2%
Potassium 293mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 23g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Vitamin C 4.6%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher nuts. The opinions and text are all mine.

3 comments

  • geet: This grape fruit salad is just awesome. i am surely gonna try this out. cheers! November 20, 2017 at 2:39am Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: Wow this is just perfect for a picnic! April 21, 2017 at 1:45pm Reply

  • Paige: This is totally a salad that my husband would be obsessed with! Totally need to give it a try soon!

    Paige April 20, 2017 at 1:00pm Reply

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