Delicious and easy dairy free creamy grape salad with pecans and bacon. It’s perfect for a picnic or a potluck, and made healthy without any added sugar or sweetener.
The first time I had a creamy grape salad was several years back at a book club potluck. I didn’t even know that it’s a popular southern dish and was fascinated how surprisingly delicious it was. However, I remember not feeling too great afterward from the high amount of dairy and added sugar in the dish.
With grapes fully in season lately, I was reminded of that yummy dish I ate so long ago. I decided to make a paleo and Whole30 grape salad that’s low in sugar but just as delicious!
Creamy Grape Salad with Pecans and Bacon
While the traditional recipe calls for sour cream and cream cheese, this dairy free grape salad is made with mayonnaise with added tanginess from apple cider vinegar. The crunchiness of chopped pecans and bacon complement the creaminess of the salad perfectly. I also can’t get enough of how the salty bacon balances out the sweetness of this paleo grape salad!
How to Make Grape Salad with Pecans and Bacon
With just 5 simple ingredients and 10 minutes of cook time, you don’t need fancy kitchen skills to make this easy grape salad. Here’s how to make grape salad without sour cream:
- Make bacon bits first. To make a Whole30 grape salad, use sugar- and nitrate-free bacon for this step: Pan fry the bacon slices over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until browned and crispy. Remove from heat and crumble.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together grapes, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar and half of the bacon bits. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Just before serving, stir in the rest of the bacon bits and chopped pecans.
That’s it! Delicious and healthy grape salad without sour cream and cream cheese. The hardest part is waiting for the flavors to meld together while the salad is chilled before serving.
Tips for Making This Whole30 & Paleo Grape Salad
While the instructions are simple and pretty straightforward, here are some additional tips to make this delicious dairy free grape salad.
- To halve the grapes in a short amount of time, sandwich several grapes in between the bottoms of 2 same-sized plates. Hold down the top plate with one hand, and with the other hand, run a sharp knife between the two plates to slice the grapes at once. Repeat until all the grapes are halved.
- To keep this healthy grape salad recipe Whole30 and paleo compliant, use mayonnaise made with high quality oils like avocado oil or olive oil. This is my favorite brand. Also – use bacon that’s free of sugar and nitrates.
- For the crunch factor, I like to use pecans because of their amazing, buttery taste, but walnuts will also work well!
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Creamy Grape Salad with Pecans and Bacon (Dairy Free, Whole30, Paleo)
- Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add the bacon slices. Pan fry for 8-10 minutes, turning every few minutes, until brown and crispy.
- Remove the bacon slices and crumble into bits.
- In a large mixing bowl, add grapes, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and half of the bacon bits. Stir to combine and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- When ready to serve, gently toss the grape salad again to coat with the creamy dressing that can settle to the bottom.
- Add the chopped pecans and rest of the bacon, and toss together. Serve.
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