Saturday, March 28, 2009

Overnight Layered Salad



This is a familiar salad to many but perhaps there are some new cooks out there who haven't made this. The ingredients can vary according to your taste and what vegetables you have on hand but this version is pretty classic. The nice thing about it is that you can make it the night before plus it is an attractive addition to your meal.
First:
cut up 1/2 lb. bacon and fry until crisp. Drain and set aside on paper towel.
Hard boil 4-5 eggs
Then:
Find your prettiest wide glass bowl.
Some have made this in a 9x13 inch pan so that the dressing is better distributed
among the servings. I like the way you can see the layers in a bowl.
Layer the following ingredients in your bowl:
iceberg lettuce torn into bite sized pieces- you can also add romaine and/or spinach
finely sliced red cabbage
chopped celery
chopped red or yellow pepper
chopped green onions
2 hard boiled eggs finely cut up or sliced
The egg slices can be placed upright around the inside edge of the bowl for a pretty look.
thawed petite peas
crumbled bacon
Repeat layers if using a bowl.
Dressing:
1-1 1/2 cups mayoniase
1/4 cup Ranch dressing
You can use a tsp. or so of dip/salad dressing seasoning instead
1 rounded tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream if desired.
Spread dressing evenly over salad, making sure it touches the edge of the bowl all around.
It should cover the salad completely. (If needed, add a bit more mayonnaise.)
Top the salad with:
1 cup grated cheese - cheddar or swiss
your choice of garnish.
Cover salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

11 comments:

  1. I love this salad!! My mom has made a couple of different versions through the years and it remains a family fave!

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  2. THAt loos so good...I have always wanted to try this, TY for posting :)

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  3. I haven't had this salad in a long time..a good recipe for family gatherings. Thanks for the reminder Bev, I'll be making it soon.

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  4. I love that idea! I need to go to the grocery store and get ingredients! Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. this is a variation of a salad i love to make in the summer, because the house does not become hot! But I'm definitely going to try it with the red cabbeage, and red/yellow pepper instead of gree peppe.

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  6. That is a really pretty salad. I don't think I've never actually made it, but have come across it many times at potlucks.

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  7. I'm glad to know where I can find this recipe now. I like it that it's not just mayo in the dressing part. I've enjoyed it at potlucks or gatherings, but have not made it too often myself. I guess I'm usually bringing dessert,or something...

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  8. Looks delicious...I have always wanted to try that salad...maybe now is the time. Thanks for sharing.

    Stay Cozy, Carrie

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  9. This has always been one of my favorites for Christmas Dinners. ..making it ahead. . yours looks so pretty Bev.

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  10. Everyone loved this! It was a hit! Made this for Christmas Eve prime rib dinner and served leftovers for Christmas Day lasagna. I didn't have the "right" type of serving bowl and just made it in a clear salad bowl. Next time I'll put more lettuce in it as there was PLENTY of dressing. Thanks for sharing!

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