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?

Seven Layer Salad - a photo of a clear bowl of colorful ingredients needed to make the seven layer salad on a wooden table top with dark background - click photo for full written recipe

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

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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.

Seven Layer Salad - a photo of a clear bowl with two forks scooping the salad from the bowl on a dark background - click photo for full written recipe

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!

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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!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
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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12 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.

  3. Can you mix it all up right before serving?

    • Yes, you definitely can! That’s a good way to make sure everyone gets some of everything. Because when I’m at a party, I just scrape ALL the bacon and cheese right off the top…. just kidding. But if I’m honest, I want to.

  4. How many cheeses can i use? I had it before with more cheeses

    • Hi Keith! You should use as much cheese as you want. There is no upper limit on the amount of cheese you can add (or kinds). Any chance you’re from Wisconsin? I like you’re style. :D

  5. This seven layer salad is really good. This is the first time I made one and I can not stop eating it.

  6. I made this, but replaced the mayo with ranch dressing and it was delish!

  7. Does it have to be a glass bowl

    • Definitely not! I just did that so you could see the layers and know how to arrange it. My mom usually made it in a plastic green bowl and you couldn’t see inside. But where I come from, everyone knows what 7 layer salad is so the bowl doesn’t matter. :) Good luck and thanks!

  8. We used to eat this! My Mom would serve with pita pockets. So good with this salad stuffed inside.

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