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Seven Layer Salad

You’ll love this no-fuss Seven Layer Salad! The perfect summer side dish that can be prepped ahead and served at all your cookouts, potlucks and BBQ’s!

A FUN LAYERED SALAD

What is more classic than a delicious Seven Layer Salad? This is one recipe that my family has been making for years and it never gets old! Super easy to throw together on the fly and everyone loves it. With fresh and tasty ingredients, you really can’t go wrong with this recipe. This Seven Layer Salad is my default, go-to recipe to make on short notice for any gathering1

Seven Layer Salad scooped onto white plate with bowl of salad in background.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I make this in advance?

Yes! This makes a great make ahead dish. Just assemble and store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day in advance.

What size dish should I use?

We use a trifle bowl that is 8-inches wide and 5-inches deep. You can also make this in a 9×13-inch baking dish as well.

How small should I chop my vegetables?

You don’t want to chop them too small. Bite size is what we’re going for here. This ensures that you have evenly defined layers and that no ingredients will fall through into the others.

Do I have to use Roma tomatoes?

Romas are my personal preference for taste but you can use grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half for this.

Should I chill this before serving?

You can if you’d like. Cover and place in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. You can also serve this right away after assembling.

Can I use a different dressing?

Traditional seven layer salad has this very basic dressing of mayonnaise and sugar. I know it doesn’t seem like much but it works. You could certainly add a dash of red wine vinaigrette to the mixture along with a dash of salt and pepper to jazz it up a bit.

How do I store leftovers?

This can be stored (covered) in the dish where it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Finished Seven Layer Salad in large trifle dish.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • iceberg lettuce
  • red onion
  • green peppers
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • Roma tomatoes
  • frozen peas
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • bacon
  • mayonnaise
  • granulated sugar
Ingredients needed: head iceberg lettuce, red onion, green pepper, hard-boiled eggs, roma tomatoes, frozen peas, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, mayonnaise and granulated sugar.

HOW TO MAKE A SEVEN LAYER SALAD:

Layer ingredients in the order listed up to the layer of peas. 

Salad ingredients layered in large trifle bowl.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and sugar until combined and the sugar is dissolved.

Dressing ingredients whisked together in bowl.

Spread in an even layer on top of the peas.

Dressing being spread over peas.

Sprinkle the top evenly with cheddar cheese then the bacon.

Finished salad with cheese and bacon topping it off.

Then dig in and enjoy!

Close up of Seven Layer Salad on white plate with fork.

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Square image of finished layered Seven Layer Salad in trifle dish.

Seven Layer Salad

You'll love this no-fuss Seven Layer Salad! The perfect summer side dish that can be prepped ahead and served at all your cookouts, potlucks and BBQ's!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

For the salad:

For the dressing:

Instructions

  • Layer ingredients in the order listed above up to the layer of peas.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and sugar until combined and the sugar is dissolved.
  • Spread in an even layer on top of the peas.
  • Sprinkle the top evenly with shredded cheddar cheese and bacon then serve!

Notes

  • This can be made a day in advance and stored covered in the refrigerator.
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes can be substituted for the Romas.
  • Make sure you don’t cut your vegetables too small, we want bite sized pieces.
  • You can reduce the dressing to 1 ½ cups mayonnaise and 1 ½ Tablespoons of granulated sugar.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 38g | Sodium: 491mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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