This 7 Layer Salad combines fresh veggies, hand mixed dressing, and delectable toppings for a fulfilling meal! Good luck keeping eyes and forks at bay!
Introducing … the lovely, large, and luxurious 7 Layer Salad! Is your family both ravenous and on a salad kick? Then this luckily layered salad for a crowd is the din-spiration you’ve been waiting for.
A creamy homemade dressing topped with crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar smuggles in tons of wonderful vegetables, like a culinary Trojan horse! By the time your kids realize they have consumed lettuce, cauliflower, tomato, onions, and peas, it will be TOO LATE!
Okay, they may catch on to you if you use a glass bowl as recommended, but the 7 layer salads beauty serves as another helpful distraction. Ask the younger ones to count the levels and name the colors while you pile their plates high!
What Is Layered Salad?
Layered salad is traditionally made with some sort of lettuce, tomato, onion, pea, dressing, bacon, and cheese. The details vary, recipe to recipe.
There are many variations of layered salad, like Polish Layered Salad, for example, sometimes uses ingredients like beets, carrots, mushrooms, cabbage, peppers, and corn! A German Layered Salad on the other hand might use leeks, pineapple, ham, celery, and cucumbers. One restaurant in New Jersey even makes the salad with grilled shrimp! If you’re hankering for a broccoli layered salad, take a look at my Broccoli Salad recipe. My Cucumber Tomato Salad is another fun option!
SAVE THIS 7 LAYER SALAD
TO YOUR SALAD OR DINNER BOARD FOR LATER!
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How To Make 7 Layer Salad
My spring layered salad comes together in three easy steps and no time at all. Just prep and layer the main ingredients, whisk together the dressing, then sprinkle on the toppings. Who knew you could count to seven with just 1, 2, 3!
Not to toot my own horn too loudly, but the 7 Layer Salad Pioneer Woman makes takes 30 minutes to prepare – that’s double the time! Think of all that you can accomplish in those precious 15 minutes! She also uses larger tomatoes (I prefer the brighter flavor of grape tomatoes), and green onions instead of red.
1. In a large glass bowl, layer lettuce, tomatoes;
2. Then add a layer cauliflower rice and green peas.
3. Layer sliced hard boiled eggs and onions.
4. In a small mixing bowl, add all the salad dressing ingredients. Whisk it all together.
5. Spread the dressing over the top layer of the salad until the edges. Sprinkle cheese and bacon.
6. Garnish with 3 sliced eggs. Cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours. Toss and serve.
What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Original 7 Layer Salad?
This is a 7 Layer Salad Keto dieters can get behind! My original 7 layer salad uses a spring mix lettuce, halved juicy grape tomatoes, sliced hard boiled eggs, (thawed) frozen petite green peas, cauliflower rice, and a small red onion!
Over these beautiful layers you will spread a dressing made from mayo, sour cream, sugar, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Finally, the dressing is topped with cooked and crumbled bacon and some shredded sharp cheddar cheese! Just call this 7 layers of heaven!
Can You Make Traditional Seven Layer Salad Ahead of Time?
You can make this traditional seven layer salad up to 24 hours in advance! Prepare it the night before, and cover tightly before refrigerating.
In fact, it is recommended to let the salad chill for at least a couple hours before serving. You might as well call this an overnight layered salad!
7 Layer Salad Recipe Notes:
Layering: If you are short on one ingredient, or want to pack in a little extra of another, here is a layering pro-tip.
Stuff the circumference of the bowl with a thicker layer of each ingredient, then fill the center with whatever you please! This gives the illusion of perfect layers while letting you adjust each component as necessary.
Slicing eggs: If you do not own an egg slicer, do not despair! Use a sharp, moistened serrated knife, and make quick horizontal cuts of the desired thickness, rinsing the blade between each slice.
Rinsing cleans the blade from yolk that may otherwise smear and obstruct. You can also use (unflavored) dental floss or a clean piece of thread to make fast, precise slices! Just secure the egg in place between two weighted objects (something like two mugs will do just fine).
Cauliflower rice: This less familiar (but keto friendly!) ingredient is made from cauliflower florets. The Detroit Free Press calls it the perfect alternative to white rice. It has a mild and slightly nutty flavor, and the ideal proportions of lightness and stickiness. You can even make it yourself in the food processor!
7 Layer Salad Recipe
Sincerely hope you find this healthy festive salad as yummy as it looks. Also hope you manage to get the little ones to eat a healthy portion (always a challenge).
7 Layer Salad
- 6 cups spring mix lettuce
- 2 (10-ounce) container grape tomatoes cut in half
- 8 hard boiled eggs sliced
- 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen petite green peas thawed
- 1 small red onion
- 1 (16-ounce) bag cauliflower rice
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 8 ounces bacon cooked and crumbled
- 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- In a large glass bowl, layer all the salad ingredients, in the order listed, one at a time in rows.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients until smooth. Spread the dressing over the top layer of salad, sealing the edges. Sprinkle the top with cheese and bacon. Cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours. Toss and serve.
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