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Seven-Layer Salad

4.67 avg. rating (92% score) - 18 votes

Seven-Layer Salad

You’ll find this attractive salad on buffet tables because it looks just great when you assemble it in a clear glass bowl. This is a salad that must be made about 8 hours before serving, which makes it very convenient for church suppers and potlucks when you don’t have time for a lot of last-minute preparations.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 head lettuce, torn in bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups mayonnaise (low-fat mayonnaise can be used)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 6 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

Place the lettuce in the bottom of a clear salad bowl. On top of the lettuce, layer the pepper, celery, onion, and peas in that order. Spoon the mayonnaise over the top to cover and seal the vegetables. Sprinkle the sugar, bacon, and cheese on top. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours before serving.

Comments
  • Anonymous

    I have known this as ’24 hr. salad’ since the 70’s. I use the water chestnuts, spring onions and celery. The dressing using the mayonnaise is similar. Once that is done, cover for 24 hrs. The next day top with bacon crumbles or bacon bits, wedged tomatoes and slices of boiled eggs. It is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    I have made this recipe for about 40 years and it is still ONE of the best! Sometimes I add chopped pecans instead of bacon. Just as good if not better.

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  • Anonymous

    Absolutely the best salad you can make ahead. I’ve been using water chestnuts and green onions in place of peppers and regular onions, and a layer of chopped boiled eggs. Really, any veggies will do as long as you do the mayo layer.

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  • Anonymous

    Love this, have made it for many years. Some changes we do are to add 1-1/2 cups shredded carrots over the onions, only 1-1/2 cups Miracle Whip, and 3 tablespoons sugar on the whip. Then 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese, then the bacon. Now it’s really 7 layers.

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  • Anonymous

    Being allergic to egg whites (which is in the mayo) I use yogurt, skip the sugar–diabetic, and it’s still very tasty, but less fat.

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  • Anonymous

    I make a slaw dressing, and I also use sliced water chestnuts.

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  • Cathy

    My mother has had this recipe for many, many years — since the 1970s! It is easy and sure to please all.

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  • This recipe has been around FOREVER, but nevers fails to impress when I bring it to a pitch-in. You can also substitute Parmesan cheese for the grated cheddar … and I add bite size bits of cauliflower for extra crunch.

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  • Anonymous

    This is a good recipe. I worked with a girl who brought it to all office functions, but I left before getting the recipe. Glad I found it here. It is a real keeper.

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  • My 11 year old daughter LOVES making this recipe! She uses Bacon Bits. What a time saver!

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  • Anonymous

    I’d like everyone to know that this Seven Layer recipe is absolutely positively tasty!!!

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  • Anonymous

    This is an excellent recipe to make for gatherings, because you can make it ahead. In place of the mayonaise, use 2 cups of Ranch Dressing.

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  • This is very tasty. I serve it a lot at church functions. For the diced onion, I use what I call a “red” onion.

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