Bright, crunchy, and colorful, this easy Seven Layer Salad recipe is a fun blast from the past for any party. Make it as-is, just like you remember it, or switch up those layers in a million different delicious ways.

Seven layer salad in a glass dish.

Recipe ingredients:

Labeled Seven layer salad ingredients in various bowls.

Ingredient notes:

  • Lettuce: Iceberg, crispy head lettuce, or Romaine.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs: Not in my Seven layer salad! But many people say that’s how they make it.

Step-by-step instructions:

Before you begin, you should decide on what bowl to use for your layered salad. A clear glass bowl shows off all the hard work you put into chopping the vegetables. And a clear glass bowl with straight sides makes it easy to assemble.

  1. First layer: In the bottom of the bowl, spread the shredded lettuce
  2. Second layer: A thin layer of chopped red onion
  3. Third layer: Chopped celery
  4. Fourth layer: Peas
    Seven layer salad in a clear dish.
  5. Fifth layer: Spread the mayo over everything and sprinkle with a little sugar
  6. Sixth layer: Shredded cheddar cheese
  7. Seventh layer: Crispy chopped bacon
    Seven layer salad in a glass dish.

Cover the salad up with plastic wrap and chill for a at least a couple hours.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Mayonnaise dressing: Plain, good quality mayo like Hellman’s or Best Foods is perfect. A little sugar makes it just slightly sweet, but even that’s optional if you’re watching your sugar intake.
  • Miracle Whip: Substitute Miracle Whip for the mayo if you are a Miracle Whip fan. The only difference between them is that the salad dressing Miracle Whip already has added sugar, paprika, and garlic powder.
  • Sour cream: Some cooks love mixing half mayo, half sour cream for a tangier dressing.
  • Parmesan cheese: A few tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese taste great added to the mayo.
  • Add meat: You could layer in some turkey or ham instead of the bacon.
  • Extra veggies: Change out your layers for different vegetables like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, scallions
  • Change the cheese: Pick the cheese you love like smoked provolone, blue cheese, or feta cheese
  • More toppings: Not traditional, but avocado, olives, and crunchy fried onions are so good!
    Bright, crunchy, and colorful, this easy Seven Layer Salad recipe is a fun blast from the past for any party. Make it as-is, just like you remember it, or switch up those layers in a million different delicious ways.

More delicious salads:

Seven layer salad in a clear glass dish.

Seven Layer Salad

Bright, crunchy, and colorful, this easy Seven Layer Salad recipe is a fun blast from the past for any party. Make it as-is, just like you remember it, or switch up those layers in a million different delicious ways.
5 from 82 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Calories 285

Ingredients 

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

Instructions 

  • Spread the lettuce evenly in the bottom of a glass bowl. Top with red onion, celery, and peas.
  • Spread mayonnaise on top of celery and sprinkle with sugar. Top with cheddar cheese and bacon. Cover and chill.

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Notes

  1. Lettuce: Iceberg, crispy head lettuce, or Romaine.
  2. Hard Boiled Eggs: Not in my Seven layer salad! But many people say that's how they make it.
  3. Mayonnaise dressing: Plain, good quality mayo like Hellman’s or Best Foods is perfect. A little sugar makes it just slightly sweet, but even that’s optional if you’re watching your sugar intake.
  4. Miracle Whip: Substitute Miracle Whip for the mayo if you are a Miracle Whip fan. The only difference between them is that the salad dressing Miracle Whip already has added sugar, paprika, and garlic powder.
  5. Sour cream: Some cooks love mixing half mayo, half sour cream for a tangier dressing.
  6. Parmesan cheese: A few tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese taste great added to the mayo.
  7. Add meat: You could layer in some turkey or ham instead of the bacon.
  8. Extra veggies: Change out your layers for different vegetables like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, scallions
  9. Change the cheese: Pick the cheese you love like smoked provolone, blue cheese, or feta cheese
  10. More toppings: Not traditional, but avocado, olives, and crunchy fried onions are so good!

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 11gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 504mgPotassium: 219mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 780IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg
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  1. And this is IT!!! From the 70’s! I’d lost my aunt’s handwritten layering instructions, but my fuzzy memory served me well. Served at dinner, my kid’s went crazy….it was devoured and enjoyed! Don’t count calories…count the wonderful memories this delicious salad still brings to the table! ❤5 stars

    1. Hi June! I got chills! Don’t count the calories, count the memories. 😭 Seven layer salad brings all the memories back for me, too. I am totally inspired to make this now. It is SO GOOD, I just love it. I’m so thrilled that you found it, made it, and enjoyed it. Thank you thank you! You made my day. -Meggan :)

  2. Have been making this salad for years have an OLD Betty Crocker cook book that listed it under vegetable salad. Everyone loves and never had any left. If there was I have found friends in fridge with forks. Tacky I know but it is that good !5 stars

    1. Hi Nita, sure! You can use our version for inspiration and change it to whatever you love. Hope you enjoy! -Meggan

  3. I love this salad recipes it’s a great and delicious and yummy salad recipes..I like it it’s a good idea and good and great and delicious and yummy and overall well and great and wonderful and delicious and yummy salad to eat up it’s a excellent meal.. I mean a excellent salad to eat..I love it

  4. Can this be made the morning of the event. I read that it should be refrigerated for a few hours. Is that true?5 stars

    1. Hi Valerie, yes! As long as you chill it for at least 30 minutes prior to serving, you should be good to go! -Meggan

  5. This reminds me of my former mother in law’s. Tasted just as I remembered her making it. She had given me her recipe and unfortunately I lost it. Being careful with my sugars, could skipping the sugar and peas be subbed with red or yellow bell peppers? For sweetness?

    Thanks for bringing back great memories.5 stars

    1. Hi Adam, I’m so glad! You can definitely substitute peppers, some readers even add them as an 8th layer. Enjoy – Meggan

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