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Best Ever Seven Layered Salad Recipe with Green Peas and Extra Layers - Great for Summer!

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my many layer salad

my many layer salad

7 Layer-Salad Is a Meal-In-One!

I've been making a 7 layer salad for years--some variation of it, anyway. The healthy salad is great as a cool dish in the summer or as a potluck dish for any time of the year. I was having a craving for it just the other day, and I couldn't find my recipe! Sure, I could improvise, but instead I started looking around online through the myriad of recipes for 7 layer salad.

There are generally a few key ingredients to a 7 layer salad, such as lettuce, hard boiled eggs, bacon, green peas, and some kind of mayonnaise mixture. Beyond that, the options vary. Some additional choices are celery, green bell peppers, carrots, and even cauliflower, an ingredient I had never before seen in 7 layer salad. There are a few choices in spices that can be added. The salad can be layered in different orders, too. .

Although I might experiment with different vegetables in the future, I think that I have found a winning combination. After looking through numerous 7 layer salad recipes, I came up with my preferences for my own 9 layer salad--if you count the mayo dressing as a layer but don't count any added spices. The result was delectable, the best "7 Layer Salad" I have ever tasted. Try it! See if you agree.

Lettuce, celery, eggs, and bacon so far . . .

Lettuce, celery, eggs, and bacon so far . . .

Ingredients for 7 (or more) Layer Salad

  • 3 cups lettuce, iceberg or romaine, chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 5 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 8 oz. (1/2 package) bacon, cooked and crushed
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups cheddar or other, grated
  • 10 oz. frozen peas, partially thawed
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, light
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Put 5 eggs in water in pan on stove to boil. Once they start boiling, set timer for 7 minutes. When timer goes off, remove eggs from heat. Run cold water over them, peel, and chop.
  2. While the eggs are cooking, start the bacon. In my recent recipe, I used turkey bacon and cooked it in the microwave. Pork or turkey bacon can be easily cooked in the microwave. Put the bacon in a microwave-safe dish, and cover with paper towels. I cook it for 2 minutes at a time (usually takes about 6 minutes total) before taking it out of the microwave to check on its progress and make sure bacon does not overcook.
  3. Chop or tear up lettuce and place in 9 x 13 glass casserole dish or large glass bowl through which you can see the pretty layers.
  4. Chop up celery and add on top of lettuce. Add a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  5. Chop hard boiled eggs and add on top. Again, add a light amount of salt and pepper.
  6. Crush bacon and add on top of eggs.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and green onions.
  8. Grate cheese and add on top of green onions.
  9. Pour on 10 oz partially frozen peas. I just let the frozen peas set out while I'm preparing this dish. The peas will thaw enough by the time it's time to eat.
  10. Stir together mayo and sour cream. Mix well. Spread on top of casserole.
  11. Sprinkle on top your choice of dill weed, Parmesan Cheese, or Paprika. This is totally optional.
  12. Chill your layered salad in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat it!
Add tomatoes and green onions. Isn't it pretty?

Add tomatoes and green onions. Isn't it pretty?

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

40 min

40 min

12 to 16 3/4 cup servings

Beautiful seven layer salad (plus!)

Beautiful seven layer salad (plus!)

What do you think about this recipe?

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Tips and Observations

I have scanned many recipes for 7 layer salads, combining what I thought to be the best mix right here in this recipe. I've seen some with carrots, but I like to keep it green on the vegetables, except for the tomatoes, which some would consider fruit, anyway.

A tip to remember: Don't skip the sprinkling of salt and pepper step. I had never done this before, but it does seem to enhance the flavor of the entire dish. Also, most recipes call for sugar to be added to the mayonnaise and sour cream mixture. Try that if you like, but I prefer the non-sweet taste. I'd rather taste the tang of the mayo. Using sour cream is another great tip, as it gives the dressing an airier creaminess than does mayonnaise alone. I've also seen recipes that call for Miracle Whip, which would add the sweetness that some prefer.

This dish is great eaten by itself as a light meal or served with something else. I served it recently with some spicy jalapeno black beans, and it was an excellent combination.

Sweet green peas make this salad great!

Sweet green peas make this salad great!

Change the order of the ingredients?

Spread the mayo mixture over the top. Next time I plan to move the cheese and maybe the tomatoes, too, to the top to make the salad more attractive. The green onions would look good, too!

Spread the mayo mixture over the top. Next time I plan to move the cheese and maybe the tomatoes, too, to the top to make the salad more attractive. The green onions would look good, too!

Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 13, 2019:

Edwin, I think using chickpeas is a great idea!

Edwin Alcantara from California on October 29, 2019:

Can't wait to try this using chick peas. Thanks.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2018:

It has been quite some time since I have enjoyed a layered salad like this. Your recipe sounds good. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 01, 2018:

Susan, yes it's a wonderful dish for summer! And it can be a meal in itself. Sometimes I have beans on the side for some added protein!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on June 04, 2018:

This sounds like the perfect dish for dinner during the long hot summer. Absolutely mouthwatering.

Melanie on December 05, 2017:

Could you make it Thursday night, refrigerate it and then serve it Saturday night?

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 29, 2016:

Kristen, it is great for summer!!!! A cool, healthy meal-in-one!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 29, 2016:

What a big salad that is. I never seen a layered salad like that before. I might try it this summer. Thanks for sharing!

Shandria Ball from Anniston on May 13, 2013:

This salad looks delicious, I must try it soon!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 04, 2013:

OH, it is, twig22bend. It's so, so good!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 03, 2013:

prettynutjob30--I do love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

twig22bend on May 03, 2013:

I love salads and this looks like it would be so tasty.

Mary from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on May 02, 2013:

Looks delicious, voted up, more and shared.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 30, 2013:

Missy Mac--I think turkey bacon would work great. Thanks for your comments!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 29, 2013:

ocbill--Maybe you could substitute another type of dressing, like an oil and vinegar, perhaps? Is oil allowed? Thanks for commenting!

Missy Mac from Illinois on April 29, 2013:

My family and I love the 7 layer salad. Thanks for the recipe and I will look into different variations. I may try it with turkey bacon. Great Hub!!!

ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on April 29, 2013:

Looks like a very good & healthy dish to try out. I'd have to leave out the mayo, sour cream, cheeses and pork since I am on a candida diet though.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 01, 2013:

catgypsy--Thanks for getting back to me to let me know you tried this. I'm glad you weren't disappointed!

catgypsy from the South on March 31, 2013:

Victoria, I wanted to let you know that I decided to make this to go with my Easter ham and it was wonderful! I'll have some great leftovers for a few days too!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 31, 2013:

catgypsy--Yes, it is wonderful. Loaded with veggies and just enough protein. It's a meal in itself!

catgypsy from the South on March 30, 2013:

I've had this salad a few times but never made one. Your recipe fits my tastes perfectly...will definitely make this...thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 05, 2012:

Ttoombs--LOL! very funny! Oh, well, it's worth it, right?

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 05, 2012:

Boy o boy does this look yummy! My tortilla chip keeps breaking when I try to get some tho...now I have crumbs all over my keyboard. :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 05, 2012:

Go for it Mhatter! You won't be disappointed!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 04, 2012:

first i hear of this. will have to try

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 03, 2012:

Thanks, MovieMaster--it is definitely a meal-in-one!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Hi Victoria, I love salad - but a 7 layer salad, wow this sounds like a fabulous meal!

Many thanks and looking forward to trying this.

voted up

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 02, 2012:

I agree, teaches! Healthy and pretty! Plus, it's a very cool dish for the summertime!

Dianna Mendez on June 02, 2012:

This is a meal in one dish and one that I would truly enjoy. The colors alone are enough to make you want to eat it. Beauty, health and satisfaction all in one.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 02, 2012:

Awesome, Austinstar! I think it's a great combo, too! Thanks!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 02, 2012:

Oh sweet! Another good recipe that combines protein and veggies. Love it. Voted up and pinned.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 02, 2012:

Hyphenbird--Wish I could make enough to share with all of Hubville! Thanks for the comments!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 02, 2012:

Cool, KD! I've been seeing a lot of good recipes coming through! :-)

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 02, 2012:

I am with billybuc. You might need to make a Hubville sized pan of this. It would be great for a potluck function. I will remember this for the future. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 02, 2012:

Thanks, Cardisa! I love it!

KDuBarry03 on June 02, 2012:

Looks very delicious! Another recipe I'm gonna print out and try.

-KD

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on June 02, 2012:

Gotta give this one a try. I know I am going to love it because I love all the ingredients so far. Looking good Vicki.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 02, 2012:

Thanks, yssubramanyam. It really is; I love this recipe!

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on June 01, 2012:

very delicious..

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

mary615----I checked out your layered salad, and it looks awesome, too. Thanks for reading mine!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Oh, yeah, anglnwu, very delicious!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Vellur--I like your description--nutritious and delicious. Thanks so much!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

lovedoctor--I know! I've seen a lot of good recipes today and this evening! Thanks for reading mine!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Marcy, the mayo mixture is supposed to seal it up, although I think it's prettier with cheese or tomatoes or green onions on top!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 01, 2012:

I do a layered salad, too. Yours looks better than mine, so I'm trying yours. I wrote a Hub about mine; when you have some time check mine out. I love these salads cause they can be made ahead of time. Great Hub. I'm voting it UP, etc.

anglnwu on June 01, 2012:

This looks like a good summer salad. It's so colorful and I bet, it's delicious.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Thanks, Ruchira, for reading and for sharing. I do hope you try it! It's delicious!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 01, 2012:

The layering layers are great - nutritious and delicous. Great recipe, voted up.

lovedoctor926 on June 01, 2012:

Simply delicious! So many tasty dishes tonight.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on June 01, 2012:

I've had a layered salad before, and they're quite tasty. They're also easy to make ahead of time if you use something for the top layer that sort of seals it all up. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Ruchira from United States on June 01, 2012:

wow...Vicki.

I loved it. I will try it. bookmarking it for sure. now, with summer coming...gotta impress my local friends with the great stuff I have learnt from my HP friends :)

Cheers!

voted up and sharing it across

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Audrey--I'm sure it's great without the bacon! thanks for stopping by!

Audrey Howitt from California on June 01, 2012:

Ohh--looks good--minus the meat for me though!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Joyce, I love it! Hope you do, too!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Crystal, If you can boil water, fry bacon, and chop, chop, chop, then you can make this one! good luck!

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on June 01, 2012:

You're 7 layer salad sounds really good. I'll print it to make later on.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

It is, kelley! thanks!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on June 01, 2012:

This sounds great. I'm printing it out and adding it to my recipe file. I am always on the lookout for simple recipes for a not-so-talented cook like myself. I think I can manage this one:)

kelleyward on June 01, 2012:

Looks healthy and delicious! Yum! Kelley

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Thanks, random! You're welcome about the link. I'm definitely going to try some of those salads!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 01, 2012:

Well done Vicki! Thank you for linking my article. As evidenced by my own hub, I am a big fan of salads and love to put together big ones with whatever we have on hand. It's awesome that you've been able to perfect this over the years. I will have to give it a try sometime. Good luck with the contest!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Yes, Effer, it is DEELISH! Make it! I made it recently, and it didn't last long! I love your spelling, by the way!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

lord, you are so cool! You'd better pay your rent and remember what day it is, though! Thanks for remembering Gizmo. Take care!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

Bill, I wish I could swing by with a batch for you! Give the recipe to Bev! Hey, I bet your Spam and Velveeta surprise would be a great recipe for the contest! :-)

Suzie from Carson City on June 01, 2012:

VEE......SEVEN layers!! All right! Easy to make, healthy for us and DEE-LISHUS!!!! What was that I was saying about people who can't SPELL???!! Lmao UP++

Joseph De Cross from New York on June 01, 2012:

Seven-layer, and a seven wonder of the dishes By Vicky Lodges...available on your e-recipe, just download it on your nook, notebook or Ipad. Remember to send Vicly a thank you note. She loves comments..and Gizmo too!~

Great presentation Victoria!

New Jersey, Friday... the 13th.... no! Friday, June First. Haven't paid rent yet, but enjoying this hub!

LORD

P.S. Passing on the contest as well. Good luck my friend!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2012:

It looks absolutely delicious! When are you coming over to cook up a batch for me? I mean come on, that's what friends are for, right? LOL

Great job my friend! Best of luck in the contest! I won't be entering this contest for obvious reasons.