Seven Layer Salad

I can't remember who it was...but someone noted this salad in a post this past summer. I remember throwing out the question...what is a seven layer salad?! Like Char's Rumaki....I had never heard of it. As Christmas potlucks are filling my calendar I thought ... Hmmmm...what can I take that I can eat and eat and not feel toooo guilty about. Salad of course. Well...I looked up this salad and I am not sure it is totally guilt free but....I know I will have seconds of this salad. Just look at the ingredients! Every recipe I found had so many different ways of making it and all looked good. I settled on a combination of layers that appealed to me to try out tonight. I am thinking I am going to get kudos for this from my guys!

(Remember substitutions are just as good - let your inner salad side out!)

  • Lettuce torn into bite size pieces (Romaine, Iceberg, Red and/or layer with Spinach)
  • 1 cup celery thinly sliced
  • (1/2 cup mushrooms thinly sliced - if using spinach)
  • 1/2 cup red or green peppers thinly sliced (or not if you don't like them - they DO add colour)
  • 1/4 cup green onion chopped (or use thinly sliced red onion for fantastic colour and crunch)
  • 10 slices of bacon - cooked crisp and chopped (you can use chopped ham instead - as you wish - if you wish to keep it meatless use sliced hard boiled egg, especially tasty with spinach)
  • 1-10 oz package of frozen peas (defrosted but not cooked)
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups mayo (you all know by now that I love Hellamans light but you can use your fav.)
  • 2 tsp sugar

  • What to do:
    Use a clear glass trifle dish or deep salad bowl....layers should be visible

    First layer - lettuce or spinach to cover bottom of bowl
    Next- layer the celery or mushrooms
    Next - layer peppers
    Next - layer the bacon, ham or meat substitute
    Next - layer the peas
    Next - combine the mayo and sugar...spread evenly over all.
    Next - top with grated cheese.
Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours but overnight is better.
Toss only just before serving.
It is sooooo delish you will make it again the next day!


  1. i must say that this is one of my favorite aunt made it for us when i grew up as a kid and we have enjoyed it ever since. i haven't made it in ages...hmm sunday lunch it is!

  2. My family has this salad at nearly every holiday meal!! We just love it.

    I'm so excited about that red cabbage recipe coming up, too! Thanks!

  3. Wow Trish..your salad looks delicious! This was often served at our Christmas family gatherings.

  4. I've had this oodles of times, we jsut cut back on the dressing on top. . .I like salad lightly dressed.

    The salad still tastes so good after all these years.

  5. This one is an old favorite...a great make ahead salad!

  6. I love 7-layer Salad. I've also seen it called Overnight tossed salad, since you can get it ready the night before and just mix everything right before eating. I usually leave out the celery and use sliced hardboiled eggs in mine too. Cauliflower and radishes are also yummy additions.

  7. It sure does look good. And I don´t like salad´s... :)

  8. the varieties I am hearing and the tips. I too, would use less dressing on top next time. By the way..the container I am using for the photos is very small so I modified the amount of ingredients.

  9. Trish, this is such a good recipe to have for the parties/gatherings coming up. I always apreciate things I can make ahead! Looks beautiful!

  10. A salad sounds good right now when we are eating heavier foods. I will try this...with Kraft mayo! lol

  11. This is a salad always served during the holidays. It can be made ahead and it just tastes great!! Susan

  12. Yum! One of my favorites! I can just taste it. I'd like to lick the computer screen!


  13. Thanks for posting this recipe Trish. It is one of our favorite salads. The nice thing is you can add and subtract ingredients to this one and it is always good. Kathy

  14. Never heard of sugar in it but my aunt used lettuce, peas, carrots, bacon, mayo, and parmesan cheese._lauren