Grape Salad with Coconut Topping

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This Grape Salad with crunchy coconut topping is an all time favorite! Red and green grapes in a cool sweet creamy sauce topped with sugary, crunchy grape nuts and coconut.

Creamy Grape Salad with Crunchy Coconut Topping in a small white bowl.

Grape Salad

This Grape Salad with crunchy coconut topping is probably my favorite fruit salad! It is so sweet and yummy, it’s almost more of a dessert than a salad. We will frequently take this grape salad on family picnics and it is ALWAYS a huge hit! Even the kids are crazy for it! It is so quick and easy to whip up, too.

Just remember, if you are taking it to a picnic or want to prepare ahead of time, add the coconut topping RIGHT before serving so it stays nice and crunchy!

What Makes A Salad A Salad?

In the world of food, there are a few hot debates. One of them is over the definition and composition of a salad. For some, tossing together grapes with a creamy sauce and some coconut falls short of the traditional image of a tossed green salad. Hence the distinctive phrase “fruit salad.” According to Merriam Webster, a salad is “any of the various “usually cold dishes” including raw greens, vegetables and toppings. It is served with dressing or small pieces of food, or usually mixed with a dressing or set in gelatin.” A fruit salad on the other hand generally contains small pieces of fruit served in their own juice or a syrup of some kind.

No matter what you call it, this Grape Salad hits the spot — and is totally on the mark to be considered a delicious side dish to your barbecue or picnic.

Speaking of Salads…

There are a whole lot of things you can add to the main dish of any meal to round out the experience. Check out some of these great salad options of all styles:

  • Nuts About Berries Salad is a colorful, fresh, summery delight.
  • Snickers Apple Salad That’s right. Snickers candy in a salad! Talk about a hot debate. But the pairing of the sweet snickers with tart apples is enough to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.
  • Creamy Green Pea Salad with Bacon is a great side dish at any backyard barbecue. Plus, you can keep it simple, or add even more ingredients!
  • Asian Cucumber Salad is full of flavor and low on calories. Check out this yummy homemade dressing!

How to make Grape Salad

Creamy Grape Salad with Crunchy Coconut Topping in a small white bowl.

Grape Salad with Crunchy Coconut Topping

5 from 6 votes
This Grape Salad with Crunchy Coconut Topping is an all time favorite! Red and Green grapes in a cool sweet creamy sauce topped with sugary crunchy grape nuts and coconut.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 9x13 inch pan
  • Hand Mixer

Ingredients

  • 1 bag grapes red, green or both (enough to fill a 9x13 pan)

CREAMY MIXTURE:

TOPPING:

Instructions

  • Beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla, then fold in sour cream. Stir grapes in with the creamy mixture then spread out in a 9x13 glass pan and refrigerate.

RIGHT BEFORE SERVING:

  • Combine topping ingredients well and add over top of the grapes.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 133mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 3gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 555IUVitamin C: 0.9mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 4.3mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    We love this salad and everyone always asks for the recipe when we bring it to all of our get togethers. A total crowd pleaser.

  2. Your website is my “go-to” site for yummy recipes. I have seriously made soooo many of your recipes and some have become family favorites at our house too, but this one needed a comment. I made the recipe as is but as I made the topping I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be very good and it wasn’t. Sorry. The raw sugar made the salad sickly sweet and the grapenuts were not very appetizing. I wish I had used chopped nuts and baked it and the coconut in a crumbly topping of some sort that could be sprinkled over the top. I know it is just one person’s opinion but I would be careful if you decide to make this and perhaps just sprinkle a little granola over the top instead of the grapenuts/brown sugar/coconut topping. Our family didn’t really care for it much.

  3. 5 stars
    I have a similar recipe that I love that calls for chopped pecans instead of a topping. I’m definitely going to give this version with the coconut topping a try and see which I like better.