A cool, crispy salad that is topped with a creamy dressing, sharp cheddar cheese, smokey bacon and other fresh vegetables. All seven ingredients are layered in a casserole dish, refrigerated and served as a compliment to what’s on the grill or as a main dish when you don’t fell like cooking.
Grandmas are always the best cooks, at least mine was. My grandma made some of the most amazing things, I don’t know what it is that she did but she could make a shoe taste scrumptious.
Summertime was when her food was at it’s best, it was a combination of her cooking skills and the amazing things that she grew in her garden. Her salads were the best, so good that you would pass on dessert just to have room for a second helping.
This 7-layer salad was one that she made all of the time and it was the one that was most requested by my dad and now my kids. Unfortunately, she’s no longer around to make it, and I don’t have a garden, so it doesn’t taste quite like hers.
There are no exact measurements for this recipe. Simply make as much or as little as you like.
◻ Iceberg Lettuce – dried and chopped
◻ Peas – frozen
◻ Broccoli – chopped
◻ Cheddar Cheese – sharp cheese is the best
◻ Green Onions – chopped
◻ Bacon Crumbles
HOW TO MAKE A 7-LAYER SALAD
This can be made in any type of casserole dish or salad bowl. I prefer to make it in a 9×13 baking dish. I like a shallow dish because you don’t end up with a lot of salad and not enough toppings when serving.
Place chopped lettuce in the bottom of a casserole dish or a salad bowl.
Spread a layer of mayonnaise over the lettuce.
Sprinkle a handful or two of frozen peas on top of the mayonnaise.
Top with broccoli that has been cut into bite size pieces.
Cover with shredded, sharp cheddar cheese.
Sprinkle with green onions.
Sprinkle with bacon crumbles. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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HOW TO SERVE 7-LAYER SALAD
Serve as a side dish at your next barbecue or as a main dish when it’s just to hot to cook.
MAKE IT A MEAL
Entrée: BBQ Ribs
Side Dish #1: 7-Layer Salad
Side Dish #2: Corn on the Cob
Drink: Pink Lemonade
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
STORAGE & REHEATING TIPS
This is best when served immediately. However, if you thoroughly dry the vegetables it should last a couple of days, as long as it stays covered and refrigerated.
- 1/2 head iceberg lettuce chopped
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 ½ cups peas frozen
- 1 ½ cups broccoli chopped
- 1 ½ sharp cheddar cheese grated
- 3 green onions diced
- 4 strips bacon cooked & crumbled
- Place chopped lettuce in the bottom of a casserole dish or a salad bowl.
- Spread a layer of mayonnaise over the lettuce.
- Sprinkle a handful or two of frozen peas on top of the mayonnaise.
- Top with broccoli that has been cut into bite size pieces.
- Cover with shredded, sharp cheddar cheese.
- Sprinkle with green onions and bacon. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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COOKING TIPS & VARIATIONS
✔ To prevent the salad from getting soggy, make sure to thoroughly dry the vegetables before constructing. Also, use vegetables that maintain their crispiness.
✔ Other ingredients you can add to the salad: hard boiled egg, celery, cauliflower, red pepper, red onion, ranch dip, spinach, cucumber, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, tomatoes.
✔ Sprinkle the layer of mayonnaise with a little sugar, it helps to bring out the natural sweetness of the vegetables.
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Jennifer Wise says
This is similar to a layered salad my mom made, but different enough that this would be a fresh twist. Sounds yummy. Pinning. 🙂
It’s a really refreshing and easy to make.
Mother of 3 says
I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like this! What a fun idea for a “new” salad. Pinned.
It’s an easy, refreshing salad. Enjoy!
It sounds absolutely delicious, thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!
It will quickly become a favorite.
Sounds good! I’ll have to substitute the onions! #littlecottagelinkparty
It’s a really refreshing salad, with or without the onions.
Ali B says
I haven’t thought of this salad in years! I remember loving it though. Thanks for sharing at The Ultimate Pinterest Party this week!
Jenny Walters says
What a great recipe. The sides often make the feast! It sounds delicious and perfect for Summer feasting!
I’m all about the sides!
Roseann Hampton says
Looks delicious – great for summertime! This will be one of my features tomorrow at the Snickerdoodle link party!
Rhonda Gales says
This is a perfect summer dish. I’ll be adding it to my side dishes for next week’s BBQ. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.
Lorna - The Writing Greyhound says
I don’t like peas but apart from that, this sounds amazing! A refreshing take on a classic summer dish that I will have to try! #thatfridaylinky
I don’t like peas either, but for some reason I don’t mind them in this dish.
Karen Lyons says
I have never tried putting all the salad fixings in a baking pan! way cool! I don’t do the mayo much but could add a dressing instead, maybe? Looks delicious and so easy to prepare! Thanks for this cool salad recipe!
You get more fixings when you do it in a baking pan. Since you don’t eat mayo, try using ranch dip we do that sometimes and it’s really good.
It’s been so hot this week, so I’ve been looking for quick and easy salads to make that everyone would love. This will work! Thanks!
I’m with you, a nice cold salad when it’s this hot is perfect!
This sounds yummy!!! By the way if you tried to comment on my host post this week there was a problem which is now fixed. Apologies. Thanks so much for joining us on the #DreamTeam
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Miz Helen says
Congratulations, your awesome post was featured on Full Plate Thursday, 442! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and come back to see us real soon!
What an honor, thank you so much!
My mom made this and we loved it such a nice dish for something different as a delicious salad. One of our family favorites. Thank you for sharing.
Loved it! I added more of the ingredients that my family loved!
I’m so happy that you liked it, it is one of my all-time favorite salads. I’m curious what ingredients you added.