Seven Layer Salad: A Blast from the Past

seven layer salad
seven layer salad

Bright, crunchy, and colorful, the Seven Layer Salad is a nostalgic delight that’s perfect for any party or gathering. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or experiment with different layers, this salad is sure to impress and satisfy your culinary curiosity.

Seven layer salad in a glass dish.

Recipe Ingredients:

Labeled Seven layer salad ingredients in various bowls.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Lettuce: Opt for either iceberg, crispy head lettuce, or romaine.
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: While not traditionally included, some people add hard-boiled eggs to their Seven Layer Salad.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Before you begin, choose a clear glass bowl with straight sides to showcase the beautiful layers of this salad.

  1. First layer: Start by spreading a generous amount of shredded lettuce at the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Second layer: Add a thin layer of chopped red onion.
  3. Third layer: Sprinkle chopped celery evenly.
  4. Fourth layer: Spread a layer of peas.
    Seven layer salad in a clear dish.
  5. Fifth layer: Drizzle mayo over the entire salad and sprinkle with a touch of sugar.
  6. Sixth layer: Add shredded cheddar cheese.
  7. Seventh layer: Top it off with crispy chopped bacon.
    Seven layer salad in a glass dish.

Cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of a couple of hours to allow the flavors to meld together.

Recipe Tips and Variations:

  • Mayonnaise dressing: Opt for a plain, high-quality mayo like Hellman’s or Best Foods. Adding a touch of sugar can give it a subtle sweetness.
  • Miracle Whip: If you prefer, you can substitute Miracle Whip for mayo. Keep in mind that Miracle Whip already contains added sugar, paprika, and garlic powder.
  • Sour cream: For a tangier dressing, mix half mayo and half sour cream.
  • Parmesan cheese: Add a few tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the mayo for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Add meat: Instead of bacon, consider layering in some turkey or ham.
  • Extra veggies: Feel free to switch up the layers with different vegetables such as bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, or roasted red peppers.
  • Change the cheese: Personalize your salad by using your favorite cheese such as smoked provolone, blue cheese, or feta.
  • More toppings: While not traditional, add avocado, olives, or crunchy fried onions for additional flavor and texture.

A bowl of seven layer salad surrounded by three smaller plates with servings of seven layer salad.

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FAQs

Q: Can I make this salad ahead of time?

A: Yes! In fact, this salad tastes even better when made in advance since the flavors have time to develop. Simply cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Q: Can I make a vegetarian version of the Seven Layer Salad?

A: Absolutely! Just omit the bacon from the recipe, and you’ll have a delicious vegetarian-friendly salad that’s still full of flavor.


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