Seven Layer Salad

My mom used to make this for pot lucks and I always looked forward to it. This salad is just so crisp and full of flavour and such a welcome break from typical salads. It also displays so creatively, you will want a glass dish for it!  This can be kept overnight if covered and served the following day.

(I haven’t made this in a long time, so my image is borrowed from the web, but I felt for this recipe a visual is necessary.)


1 head iceburg lettuce, chopped
1 lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
5 eggs, hard boiled, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 bag frozen peas, 16 oz.
1 lemon
8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
2 cup mayonnaise*
2 Tbsp sugar

*Duke’s or Hellman’s. Miracle Whip or salad dressing just doesn’t work.

  • Prepare all raw vegetables by rinsing individually and thoroughly. Thaw peas and set aside as well.
  • In a large glass serving dish (a large bowl works best but a large glass cake pan would work as well) layer in the following order, the first item being on the bottom:
  1. lettuce
  2. eggs
  3. peas
  4. onion
  5. bell pepper
  6. bacon
  • Halve lemon and squeeze both halves over entire salad, being careful to not drop in seeds.
  • In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise and sugar well. Spread evenly over the salad top creating the seventh layer.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.

* As a side note, you can alternate out layers if you desire. I have seen it done with carrots, celery and tomatoes included instead. The bacon could be substituted to appease vegetarians.


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