Seven Layer Salad

Another classic recipe from my mom’s recipe box, Seven Layer Salad.  This was a favorite summertime salad for both family dinners and potluck suppers.  I needed a dish to bring to a potluck for work and decided to make this.  It was quick and easy – perfect since I worked late the night before it was needed!

There are many variations on this salad if you search the web.  Peas, lettuce and a mayo-type of dressing are staples.  There are some gorgeous arrangements in trifle bowls that really show off the layers.  And I did consider it but I really like making it in a 9″x13″ pan because then it is so easy to get a bit of each layer.

This would also be a great recipe for a St. Patrick’s Day party because it is so green!

 Let’s begin with the layers:

Lettuce Layer

1. Lettuce Layer

Celery layer

2. Celery layer







Green pepper layer

3. Green pepper layer

Onion Layer

4. Onion Layer







5. Peas layer

5. Peas layer

See what I mean about green!

salad Dressing blobs

Salad Dressing blobs

Salad dressing nicely spread out

Salad dressing nicely spread out






Dropping the salad dressing on in blobs makes it easier to spread out! 

Cheese layer

Cheese layer

 Seven layer salad






Finally something other than green and white! And to top it off Bacon!  The side view isn’t as impressive as a salad made in a small but taller dish like a trifle bowl but this is easier to  spoon out a bit of everything!

A view from the side

A view from the side

Seven-layer Salad
Serves 10
A wonderful make-ahead side dish. Very southern and very green!
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  1. 1 medium head lettuce, shredded (about 6 cups) - shredded and measure 1/2 head first
  2. 1 cup celery, coarsely chopped
  3. 1/2 cup green peppers, coarsely chopped
  4. 1 cup yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  5. 1 pkg. frozen green peas, separated (~12 oz)
  6. 1 1/2 cups salad dressing or mayonnaise
  7. 2 Tbsp. sugar
  8. 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  9. 8 strips of bacon, fried, drained and crumbled.
  1. Arrange lettuce in the bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish.
  2. Layer the remaining veggies in order given.
  3. Do Not Toss!
  4. Spread salad dressing/mayo over the peas.
  5. Sprinkle with sugar and peas.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Sprinkle with bacon before serving.
  1. I find salad dressing to be sweet than mayonnaise - you can adjust the sugar depending on how sweet you like your dressing to be. I'm partial to Miracle Whip - it's what I grew up with.
  2. Use pre-cooked bacon to save time and clean up. Do crisp it up though.



About Karen

I have worn many hats in my life but have always loved cooking! My mother encouraged all of us in the kitchen and put up with a great deal of mess as we moved from "helping her" to "creating on our own". Now as my children are ready to spread their wings I'd like a place for them to be able to find family favorites as well as new creations just in case they can't reach me on the phone!
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One Response to Seven Layer Salad

  1. Debra Appling says:

    Like to make with shredded cabbage also in place of lettuce ….very delicious

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