If you haven’t heard of 7 layer salad then I’m glad you’re here. This is classic recipe I have grown up with but recently started making again. 7 layer salad is layers of lettuce, vegetables, sweetened mayonnaise, cheese and bacon. It’s simple to make, pretty and the perfect salad to bring to a barbecue.
I can’t believe I just started making this recipe again. I grew up eating 7 layer salad all the time. I think it’s a midwest thing or maybe an Iowa thing, but wherever it originated, it’s definitely a THING.
It’s so good despite the ingredients. I think sometimes we read about a recipe and it just doesn’t sound all that appealing. Trust me – the ingredients in this recipe definitely belong together. I find this salad addicting, so does my sister – she loves it!
There’s a lot going on in here and because of that, this recipe offers a little of everything texture and flavor wise. It’s crunchy, creamy, sweet and salty.
I personally love the sweetness of the peas and the addition of sugar to the mayo. A lot of 7 layer salad recipes don’t call for sugar, but trust me, it’s needed. The cheese and bacon are a no brainer – YUM but with the sweet mayo, it makes it all taste even that much better.
This salad has become the new staple recipe to bring to get togethers in my family – I made it for Easter and recently for Mother’s Day. Everyone loves it and always says things like “this salad never gets old.” “I can’t believe we don’t make this more often.”
Kiddos even like it because of the cheese and bacon!
And you can see, it has every color in the rainbow so it’s pretty and pretty food is always good, right?
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- 1 head of lettuce, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, sliced in half then diced
- 1 large red pepper, diced
- 3 green onions, diced
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen peas, thawed
- 1 cup mayonnaise (I like Sir Kensington)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (shred yourself if you can. It's better)
- 12 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- Pepper to garnish
- Prepare ingredients - slice, chop, etc.
- Place lettuce in a 9x12 dish, spread evenly.
- Top evenly with celery, red pepper, green onion then top with thawed peas.
- Mix mayonnaise with sugar and spread on top of peas.
- Finally top the mayo with shredded cheese then crumbled bacon. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.
- To cook bacon, either cook in a pan on the stove or you can bake it at 400 degrees on a rimmed cookie sheet for about 15-12 minutes depending in thickness. Make sure to drain on paper towel before chopping.
adapted from myfoodandfamily.com