This 7 layer salad is the most requested salad I have ever made. It’s also my favorite dish on Thanksgiving and Easter. All the flavors and textures are absolutely perfect together, and to be quite honest, I can hardly put down my fork in between bites!
Think big when you choose a bowl to serve this salad. Clear bowls are nice because they show the pretty layers. Some say not to mix layered salads before serving, but we prefer to mix ours. And with that in mind, mixing a layered salad can be messy if you don’t have enough room in your bowl. And that is why I say think big when choosing a bowl.
The top of the salad is covered in crispy bacon crumbles, which eventually get mixed all together with green onions, carrots, peas, grated medium cheddar cheese, and crisp lettuce.
Frying the bacon is probably the most time-consuming step in the whole salad. I have tried baking the bacon in the oven to free up some prep time, but I guess I’m old school; I liked it better fried to crispy perfection.
Here are some time-saving tips for doing the day before when making a 7 layer salad:
1. Clean and dry the lettuce.
2. Grate the carrots and cheese.
3. Defrost the peas.
4. Cook and crumble bacon.
To make this delicious layered salad, you will need these ingredients:
~medium cheddar cheese or Follow Your Heart Cheddar Shreds for dairy-free
~ green onions
~miracle whip ~ Follow Your Heart Vegenaise or Best Foods Vegan Dressing And Spread are examples of dairy and egg-free options.
Here is an example of a transparent salad bowl for 7-layer salads and many other things. I like to serve colorful fresh fruit salads in my clear bowl too.
7 Layer Salad
- 1 head iceberg lettuce Romaine is an option too
- 4 carrots grated
- 10 ounces package of frozen peas defrosted
- 8 ounces medium cheddar cheese grated ~ Follow Your Heart Shreds for dairy-free.
- 1 bunch green onions finely chopped
- 16 ounces package bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1 ½ cups miracle whip Vegenaise for dairy and egg-free.
- 3 Tbsps sugar
- Wash, dry, and chop or shred the lettuce. Add to a very large serving bowl. Clear bowls are nice to show the layers but whatever the salad will fit in is the best choice. I like to have room to toss the salad before it is served.
- Spread grated carrots over the lettuce in a nice even layer.
- The next layer is the defrosted peas. I lay them on a clean dish towel to absorb some extra moisture after defrosting.
- Now make a layer of grated cheese.
- Next are the finely chopped onions.
- Sprinkle the cooked and crumbled bacon over the onions.
- In a small bowl mix together miracle whip and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over bacon.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Several hours is best.
- Some say not to mix this salad. I prefer to toss it all together right before the meal. That way all the delicious ingredients are mixed throughout the salad.