Seven Layer Salad

This easy Seven Layer Salad recipe is a classic Midwestern party side dish! It’s the ideal make-ahead salad, too. You can even make it the night before!

There are as many recipes for Seven Layer Salad as there are cooks.

I’m sticking to the version I grew up with, though, my mom’s recipe. It’s quick and easy AND it can be made the night before! How often can you say that about a salad?

A photo of Seven Layer salad served in a clear glass bowl shocasing it's seven layers: romain lettuce, red onion, green peas, mayo dressing, cheddar cheese, and topped with crispy bacon.

It’s so good, I moved it from my “party” menu to my “any day of the week” menu.

What I love about Seven Layer Salad is, it’s full of veggies but there is enough “good stuff” to get your family to eat it.

Seven Layer Salad is made with a lot of basic ingredients, too, so you just might find that you already have everything on hand.

And since everyone makes Seven Layer Salad their own way anyway, if you are missing something, perhaps you have something else that work in its place.

A photo of a fork with a scoop of Seven Layer Salad, showcasing the green peas, romaine lettuce, red onion, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and dressing layer. In the backgound the salad is served in a clear glass bowl, and is set against a dark wood background.

Here is something I can appreciate as an adult about Seven Layer Salad that never occurred to me as a child: It keeps REALLY WELL in the refrigerator.

The lettuce is on the bottom, protected from the dressing which is nestled into crunchier ingredients (celery and red onions).  If you keep the layers intact as you eat from the bowl, the salad will be as good as the day you made it!

Or even better, since that salad needs to chill for at least 2 hours before eating.  Get this salad into your regular rotation!

A photo of Seven Layer salad served in a clear glass bowl shocasing it's seven layers: romain lettuce, red onion, green peas, mayo dressing, cheddar cheese, and topped with crispy bacon.

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A photo of Seven Layer salad served in a clear glass bowl shocasing it's seven layers: romain lettuce, red onion, green peas, mayo dressing, cheddar cheese, and topped with crispy bacon.
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Seven Layer Salad

This easy Seven Layer Salad recipe is a classic Midwestern party side dish! It's the ideal make-ahead salad, too. You can even make it the night before!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 281 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head lettuce , shredded
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2-3 stalks celery , sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 12 ounces frozen peas , thawed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound bacon , fried and crumbled

Instructions

  1. Spread the lettuce evenly in the bottom of a glass bowl. Top with red onion, celery, and peas.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on top of celery and sprinkle with sugar. Top with cheddar cheese and bacon. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

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This easy Seven Layer Salad recipe is a classic Midwestern party side dish. You can even make it the night before, too!

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3 comments

  1. I had no idea layered salads were an American classic, Meggan!

    You can buy them from a ‘posh’ supermarket here in the UK, but it isn’t something people usually make at home.

    Love all the goodies you’ve chosen (well, that your mom chose!) to put in this. :-)

  2. I forgot the sugar on top of the mayo, so I sprinkled it over the bacon. Sure hope it doesn’t ruin the flavor. What do you think?
    I’m taking it to a ladies card night .

    • Hi Kay, it won’t really ruin the flavor. However, the sugar on the mayo sweetens it a bit. I think you’ll be fine though. If people like mayo, they’ll love it no matter what.

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