Crunchy Grape Salad Recipe ::

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One thing I find myself doing more this time of year is cooking.

I’m sure it’s because of the plentiful harvest of some of my favorite fruits and vegetables.

Now, I confess, I’m more of an eat-to-live gal, than a live-to-eat gal.

I’m totally in awe of those of you who are wonderful and creative cooks.  But, having said that, I can cook.  And yes, it even tastes pretty good. [wink]


Fall Dessert :: Crunchy Grape Salad ::


These days I’m enjoying some new recipes assembled by my friend who not only loves to cook, but is a terrific cook.  When she first tasted this salad at a wedding reception she knew she had to make it.

Here’s the recipe for a salad that’s perfect for Fall….

Crunchy Grape Salad

Salad Ingredients

  • 3  pounds of Seedless Grapes (mixed varieties)
  • 2  8 ounce blocks of Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1  Cup Sour Cream
  • 2  Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2  teaspoons Vanilla


Topping Ingredients

  • 2  Cups roughly chopped Pecans
  • 2  Tablespoons Brown Sugar



For the salad:

  • In a large bowl, blend softened cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer until smooth.
  • Wash grapes, remove from stems and dry.  (Do NOT cut grapes.) Carefully fold grapes into the sweet cream cheese mixture.
  • Spread in one 9×13 Baking Dish or two 8×8 Baking Dishes.

For the topping:

  • In a medium mixing bowl blend the nut and brown sugar together until nicely mixed.
  • Sprinkle nut and sugar mixture on top of the grapes and cream cheese mixture.
  • Update:  a reader suggested glazing the nuts with sugar.  Or you could make or purchase candied pecans for your topping as well.  Yum!



  • Immediately, or chill to serve later.
  • Refrigerate.


And though this is called a salad…you could serve it as a dessert.
It would be perfect after a heavier meal.



Crunchy Grape Salad #InspiredFallNesting ::


Who’s going to give this salad a try?

Do you have a favorite Fall salad?


#InspiredFallNesting isn’t just about putting out gourds and pumpkins and throwing a few leaves around.  It’s about creating an atmosphere of warmth and peace and comfort.  It’s about inviting friends in for food and fellowship.  It’s about sharing our blessings and blessing others.

So…if you’ve done a bit of Fall fluffing….call up a friend or two….make something special or order in pizza….and enjoy some good conversation, food, and games.  You might even serve a Crunchy Grape Salad.

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  1. Kathy says

    That looks incredible, I’ll have to try it some time.

    • Diane says

      If you do, Kathy…please let me know what you think.
      Thanks for popping by and leaving your kind words.

  2. Mel says

    Okay…that looks and sounds delicious. Only, I’m thinking walnuts…only cuz himself isn’t a lover of pecans. Sounds easy enough….AND it has cream cheese in it. (Which automatically qualifies it for ‘healthy food’ in my world!! LOL. Mostly cuz I love cream cheese!!)
    I’m one of those ‘eat-to-live’ kinds and himself if a lover of all things FOOD. Sorta explains how come the refrigerator is overflowing, huh?

    • Diane says

      Walnuts would be great…actually maybe better. And that’s coming from a pecan lover.
      I’m thinking that I’ve become a pecan fan mostly because I’ve gotten a few bad apples, um…walnuts, and they simply ruin a salad. It’s like I never go to Olive Garden. Haven’t been there in maybe 7 years. All because my salad tasted like they washed it in Clorax. Senses and memories. It’s mostly good. Then again…maybe this is all good anyway. 😉
      I love your take on cream cheese. What’s your favorite way to enjoy cream cheese?

    • Kathy Hartmann says

      I have made a variation of this salad before using walnuts. It is so delicious!! More like a dessert!

  3. This looks really tasty! It reminds me of the cold fruit and nut type salads from church potlucks growing up. I bet the contrast of textures is fantastic…can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing this one, Diane… 🙂

    • Diane says

      Samantha, you have me really curious about the fruit/nut salads of long ago. 🙂 I wonder how similar or different they are. Let me know if you try it!!

  4. I’m so glad to see this recipe! I’ve tried this before when someone brought it to work for a potluck. However, that little stinker wouldn’t share the recipe! I can’t wait to make this! Yummy!

    • Diane says

      Haha!! That is too funny!
      I’m so pleased to share it! Enjoy and let me know if it’s is the same or similar. 🙂
      Hope your day is Extraordinary!

  5. This sounds SO good! I wish I had somewhere to bring a dish to pass….too much for 3 of us! Pinned! visiting from A Bouquet of Talent and following via Pinterest!

    • Diane says

      Thank you AnnMarie! Please give it a try for your can halve the recipe easily!
      Also…thanks for letting me know how you popped by and are following.
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  6. Sounds fabulous. I need to make this one. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Diane says

      My friend and her family raved about it. I was surprised how refreshing and delicious it was. Hope your make it!! 🙂

  7. I booked marked this to bring for Thanksgiving. Visited you from Whimsy Wednesday.

    • Diane says

      Oh yes! Thanksgiving would be the perfect meal for this dish!!!!
      Thanks for popping by Shawna! Hope your week is extraordinary!!

  8. This looks delicious, I’ll will try it soon! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Savvy.

    • Diane says

      Oh Moni…it is!!! Let me know what you think when you make it…please! 🙂
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!!

  9. Sandi says

    Yum! This really looks good, Diane! A salad as a dessert or a side dish; fabulous! Thanks again for sharing at my HOME. Blessings, Sandi

    • Diane says

      I hope you add the recipe to your collection, Sandi!
      Thanks for stopping by with your kind words!

  10. Nici says

    Looks delicious! What’s not to love? Nuts, grapes and cream cheese? Yum! I’d love for you to link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop that’s live right now. Hope to see you there!

    • Diane says

      Haha!! Good point Nici!!
      Thanks for the invite! I’ll note it in my ‘calendar’ 🙂

  11. it looks delicious!

  12. Oh Yum!
    That looks really good. Have to try it for the weekend.

    • Diane says

      Oh Melody, it is!! Please let me know how you like it, too!
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  13. What an interesting recipe! It combines some of my favorite things. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

    • Diane says

      I agree, Linda…but it all comes together for a tasty delight!

  14. Linda says

    My DIL made a similar grape salad, yummy….this one looks very good too. I am going to try it too. I love your quote about inspired fall nesting….good thought!!!!

    • Diane says

      Ooooo….let me know how it compares Linda.
      This one is wonderful…but even the best can be tweaked. 😉
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary!!

  15. Diane, this looks amazing and delicious! That is definitely right up my alley! YUMMY! Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent last week. You had the most viewed link at the party. I can see why! 🙂

    I hope you are having a fabulous, blessed weekend.

  16. Hi, congrats on the feature! This is a recipe I have never heard of before and sounds interesting. I bet this tastes really good. I saw it on life on lakeshore drive.
    Julie from

  17. Ah, a fall salad! Yes, please. I normally don’t eat a lot of salads during the fall months, because well, I feel like they are a spring/summer food. This one sounds absolutely perfect for fall though and I am going to be making it asap. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe, Diane.

    I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week!

    • Diane says

      I’m pretty sure you’ll really enjoy this Ruth.
      Please let me know what you think of it. 🙂
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!

  18. This looks so yummy! Your post was one of the top three most viewed at last week’s Home{work} Wednesday bloghop and will be featured on our blogs on Tuesday morning. Thank you for linking up!

    • Diane says

      Seriously?!!! That totally makes my day, Suzy!! Thank you sooo much!!

  19. Kathy says

    Oh, my! My mom used to make this! Brought back memories! I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

    • Diane says

      That is so interesting Kathy! It’s a recipe I just discovered. How fun that it has ‘history.’

  20. I’d had this before but never made it; can’t wait to use this recipe now for the holidays; thanks! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Thanks Mackenzie!! I have a hunch it will become a part of your holiday rotation. 🙂
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!


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