Seven Layer Salad

Preparation time: 20 minutes Easy - for beginners


My mom used to make this for pot lucks and I always looked forward to it. This salad is just so crisp and full of flavour and such a welcome break from typical salads. It also displays so creatively, you will want a glass dish for it!


  • 1 head iceburg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 5 eggs, hard boiled, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 bag frozen peas, 16 oz.
  • 1 lemon
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cup mayonnaise*
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • *Duke’s or Hellman’s. Miracle Whip or salad dressing just doesn’t work.


Prepare all raw vegetables by rinsing individually and thoroughly. Thaw peas and set aside as well. In a large glass serving dish (a large bowl works best but a large glass cake pan would work as well) layer in the following order, the first item being on the bottom:

lettuce eggs peas onion bell pepper bacon

Halve lemon and squeeze both halves over entire salad, being careful to not drop in seeds. In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise and sugar well. Spread evenly over the salad top creating the seventh layer.
Sprinkle with cheese.

This can be kept overnight if covered and served the following day.

As a side note, you can alternate out layers if you desire. I have seen it done with carrots, celery and tomatoes included instead. The bacon could be substituted to appease vegetarians.



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