Seven Layer Salad

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Seven Layer Salad 

So I grew up with Seven Layer Salad. It showed up in a 9 x 12 Tupperware container (with a lid) at every potluck, Sunday dinner, family reunion or neighborhood supper. It even made its appearance at weddings and funerals, right next to the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and Amish noodles. Truth be told, I never ate the stuff. I mean, what kid likes salad?  But my mother and all the other cooks in our county made sure it had its place at gatherings of any sort.

Since my mother has passed on, I've been digging out recipes which were at the core of our mealtimes. And my mama, she loved salad. If it was just our family at the table, she put some iceberg lettuce in a bowl, added whatever was available from the garden such as radishes and tomatoes and topped it with her homemade mayonnaise dressing*. No one needed a recipe for that. Seven Layer Salad, though, was considered worthy of writing down for future generations, although there weren't that many variations of it.

I've kept most of the ingredients identical to Mom's recipe, although I subbed Romaine for Iceberg.  Certainly you can choose your own layers, but please keep the peas, the celery, the bacon and the hard-boiled eggs.  And by all means, don't mess with the dressing. It sounds insane, but it really does work.

Layer away!

Choose your layers.


7-Layer Salad

(Fills a 9" x 12" pan. Serves 6 - 8 as a side salad.)

3 stalks of Romaine lettuce, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, uncooked
1 cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
4 - 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

This salad consists of seven layers beginning with lettuce and ending with hard boiled eggs. Layer the ingredients in a 9" x 12" pan and top with the dressing.

1 3/4 cups mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white sugar

Mix mayonnaise and sugar in a bowl and allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Then, give it a stir and spread over the top of your salad ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving, but it can also be refrigerated overnight.

When ready to serve, garnish with shredded cheese or fresh dill.

*Mom's homemade mayonnaise dressing is different from the basic mayo and sugar this recipe requires. I'll post it another day.


  1. This looks fantastic and super yumm too. I make a similar one with Tex Mex style ingredients. This one is super refreshing for summers

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