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Grape Salad with Cream Cheese Topping

Grape Salad with Cream Cheese Topping

Grape salad with cream cheese topping

Before you go all crazy on me because I’m calling this a grape salad, don’t worry. I knooooooow it’s actually more like a dessert. But WOW is it ever a good one. And I’m going to keep calling it a salad anyway, because besides the natural sugars in the grapes, there’s really not much extra sugar in here. Trust me, if you want a good fruit salad recipe, this one is always a hit. Try it and see if you have a serious problem staying out of it, too…

Grape salad with cream cheese topping


  • 8 oz./1 bar of cream cheese, softened (cheese from pastured cows has the most nutrients, here’s the kind we buy) – if you like extra topping, use 12 oz. or 1 1/2 bars.
  • 1 cup of sour cream (I love this brand because there’s only cream in the ingredients, no other nasty fillers or preservatives)
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite no-GMO natural sugar + a little extra for the top (I used a little organic brown sugar for the top)
  • I also add a splash of raw milk for extra creaminess and more nutrients and enzymessmart-stick-cuisinart-hand-blender-3
  • Crispy pecans are optional but delicious!
  • 2 bunches of organic grapes, rinsed and dried. (Any types of fresh fruit would actually be yummy in this!) Grapes are currently #3 on the dirty dozen list, so if I can’t find organic, I don’t buy them. Unless I already offered to bring this dish to a gathering and the store has no organic. I hate when that happens.


Mix everything but the grapes and pecans with your handheld blender (like this one) until it’s creamy, and then fold in the grapes. Sprinkle some crispy pecans on top along with a little more of your favorite sugar. Easy!

Let me know what you think!


  1. Yikes. So, obviously, I need to update my research. Years ago, I read that imported grapes were among the top most contaminated fruits, while US grapes were among the lowest. So, I buy US grapes (currently in season), but not Chilean or other imports. The link you provide does not specify country of origin. Any thoughts on this?

  2. I thought if you buy anything from the dirty dozen it was ok as long as you wash it with a fruit/veggie cleaner? I can not always afford organic and this is what I have been doing. But if that is incorrect I would really like to know


    • I just usually avoid it if I can’t find organic when it’s something on the dirty dozen list, but if you wash it well that would definitely help *lower* the pesticide exposure. That’s what I do when I need an ingredient for a recipe and can’t find the organic option.


  3. I stopped buying the daisy brand sour cream because it wasn’t organic. but, I can’t ever find any organic sour cream at my stores. do you think the daisy is free of the bad stuff they give commercial cows? gmo, antibiotics, hormones, etc. or is this just something that even though not perfect, you use every now and then? want to make this salad for a party Saturday!!!

    • Good question!

      Yes, since I buy most everything else organic, pastured, etc., this is one of my 20% foods (in the 80/20 plan – I try not to freak out too much since normally we eat well) since the ingredient label is SO short (one ingredient), it’s not expensive, and it’s so easy to find. It likely is from conventional cows though… :(


    • We buy the Daisy brand sometimes from Costco (the big 48 oz. tub)…I love that the only ingredient is cream, and also, the one Costco carries is a “Pure and Natural” branch of Daisy; made with milk from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST.

    • The problem with Sour Cream is that most of them have additives (as with the cream cheese.) Organic Valley Sour Cream is basically half and half (skim milk and cream) with cultures and enzymes. Most other organic sour creams have gums n them.

      But, Organic Valley cream cheese has locust bean gum, which isnt too bad :) New York has “Ben’s Cream cheese” which is only pasteurized cream and enzymes, which is delicious.

    • Daisy cottage cheese and sour cream are weekly staples in our house. They do not use growth hormones per their website and the sour cream is just cultured cream. Yes, they are probably from conventional cows :( but I feel so much better when I have cottage cheese and fruit for lunch that I hate to give it up!

      Azure Standard has organic sour cream.

  4. I was out of sour cream and the organic grapes I got (on clearance) were moldy when we got home, so… I used buttermilk instead of the sour cream and used some chopped plums for the fruit. It was soooo good!

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