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Best Ever Seven Layered Salad Recipe with Green Peas and Extra Layers - Great for Summer!

Updated on February 13, 2014
my many layer salad
my many layer salad | Source

7 Layer-Salad Is a Meal-In-One!

I've been making a 7 layer salad for years--some variation of it, anyway. The healthy salad is great as a cool dish in the summer or as a potluck dish for any time of the year. I was having a craving for it just the other day, and I couldn't find my recipe! Sure, I could improvise, but instead I started looking around online through the myriad of recipes for 7 layer salad.

There are generally a few key ingredients to a 7 layer salad, such as lettuce, hard boiled eggs, bacon, green peas, and some kind of mayonnaise mixture. Beyond that, the options vary. Some additional choices are celery, green bell peppers, carrots, and even cauliflower, an ingredient I had never before seen in 7 layer salad. There are a few choices in spices that can be added. The salad can be layered in different orders, too. .

Although I might experiment with different vegetables in the future, I think that I have found a winning combination. After looking through numerous 7 layer salad recipes, I came up with my preferences for my own 9 layer salad--if you count the mayo dressing as a layer but don't count any added spices. The result was delectable, the best "7 Layer Salad" I have ever tasted. Try it! See if you agree.

Some of the Ingredients

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I had never used tomatoes in this before. What a great addition!Celery was a nice addition.I used turkey bacon this time.Some people neatly slice their eggs. I chop 'em!
I had never used tomatoes in this before. What a great addition!
I had never used tomatoes in this before. What a great addition! | Source
Celery was a nice addition.
Celery was a nice addition. | Source
I used turkey bacon this time.
I used turkey bacon this time. | Source
Some people neatly slice their eggs. I chop 'em!
Some people neatly slice their eggs. I chop 'em! | Source
Lettuce, celery, eggs, and bacon so far . . .
Lettuce, celery, eggs, and bacon so far . . . | Source

Ingredients for 7 (or more) Layer Salad

  • 3 cups lettuce, iceberg or romaine, chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 5 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 8 oz. (1/2 package) bacon, cooked and crushed
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups cheddar or other, grated
  • 10 oz. frozen peas, partially thawed
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, light
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Put 5 eggs in water in pan on stove to boil. Once they start boiling, set timer for 7 minutes. When timer goes off, remove eggs from heat. Run cold water over them, peel, and chop.
  2. While the eggs are cooking, start the bacon. In my recent recipe, I used turkey bacon and cooked it in the microwave. Pork or turkey bacon can be easily cooked in the microwave. Put the bacon in a microwave-safe dish, and cover with paper towels. I cook it for 2 minutes at a time (usually takes about 6 minutes total) before taking it out of the microwave to check on its progress and make sure bacon does not overcook.
  3. Chop or tear up lettuce and place in 9 x 13 glass casserole dish or large glass bowl through which you can see the pretty layers.
  4. Chop up celery and add on top of lettuce. Add a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  5. Chop hard boiled eggs and add on top. Again, add a light amount of salt and pepper.
  6. Crush bacon and add on top of eggs.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and green onions.
  8. Grate cheese and add on top of green onions.
  9. Pour on 10 oz partially frozen peas. I just let the frozen peas set out while I'm preparing this dish. The peas will thaw enough by the time it's time to eat.
  10. Stir together mayo and sour cream. Mix well. Spread on top of casserole.
  11. Sprinkle on top your choice of dill weed, Parmesan Cheese, or Paprika. This is totally optional.
  12. Chill your layered salad in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat it!
Add tomatoes and green onions. Isn't it pretty?
Add tomatoes and green onions. Isn't it pretty? | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 12 to 16 3/4 cup servings
Beautiful seven layer salad (plus!)
Beautiful seven layer salad (plus!) | Source

What do you think about this recipe?

3.8 stars from 33 ratings of 7 Layer (and more) Salad

Tips and Observations

I have scanned many recipes for 7 layer salads, combining what I thought to be the best mix right here in this recipe. I've seen some with carrots, but I like to keep it green on the vegetables, except for the tomatoes, which some would consider fruit, anyway.

A tip to remember: Don't skip the sprinkling of salt and pepper step. I had never done this before, but it does seem to enhance the flavor of the entire dish. Also, most recipes call for sugar to be added to the mayonnaise and sour cream mixture. Try that if you like, but I prefer the non-sweet taste. I'd rather taste the tang of the mayo. Using sour cream is another great tip, as it gives the dressing an airier creaminess than does mayonnaise alone. I've also seen recipes that call for Miracle Whip, which would add the sweetness that some prefer.

This dish is great eaten by itself as a light meal or served with something else. I served it recently with some spicy jalapeno black beans, and it was an excellent combination.

Sweet green peas make this salad great!
Sweet green peas make this salad great! | Source

Recipe does furnish a nice amount of protein. This was figured with pork bacon. Turkey bacon would provide even fewer calories and fat.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: ..75 cup
Calories 257
Calories from Fat180
% Daily Value *
Fat 20 g31%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 10 g3%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 10 g20%
Cholesterol 104 mg35%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Change the order of the ingredients?

Spread the mayo mixture over the top. Next time I plan to move the cheese and maybe the tomatoes, too, to the top to make the salad more attractive. The green onions would look good, too!
Spread the mayo mixture over the top. Next time I plan to move the cheese and maybe the tomatoes, too, to the top to make the salad more attractive. The green onions would look good, too! | Source

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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      It has been quite some time since I have enjoyed a layered salad like this. Your recipe sounds good. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      3 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Susan, yes it's a wonderful dish for summer! And it can be a meal in itself. Sometimes I have beans on the side for some added protein!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This sounds like the perfect dish for dinner during the long hot summer. Absolutely mouthwatering.

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      Melanie 

      10 months ago

      Could you make it Thursday night, refrigerate it and then serve it Saturday night?

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kristen, it is great for summer!!!! A cool, healthy meal-in-one!

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      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      What a big salad that is. I never seen a layered salad like that before. I might try it this summer. Thanks for sharing!

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      Shandria Ball 

      5 years ago from Anniston

      This salad looks delicious, I must try it soon!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      OH, it is, twig22bend. It's so, so good!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      prettynutjob30--I do love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

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      twig22bend 

      5 years ago

      I love salads and this looks like it would be so tasty.

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      Mary 

      5 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Looks delicious, voted up, more and shared.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Missy Mac--I think turkey bacon would work great. Thanks for your comments!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ocbill--Maybe you could substitute another type of dressing, like an oil and vinegar, perhaps? Is oil allowed? Thanks for commenting!

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      Missy Mac 

      5 years ago from Illinois

      My family and I love the 7 layer salad. Thanks for the recipe and I will look into different variations. I may try it with turkey bacon. Great Hub!!!

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      ocbill 

      5 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Looks like a very good & healthy dish to try out. I'd have to leave out the mayo, sour cream, cheeses and pork since I am on a candida diet though.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      catgypsy--Thanks for getting back to me to let me know you tried this. I'm glad you weren't disappointed!

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      catgypsy 

      5 years ago from the South

      Victoria, I wanted to let you know that I decided to make this to go with my Easter ham and it was wonderful! I'll have some great leftovers for a few days too!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      catgypsy--Yes, it is wonderful. Loaded with veggies and just enough protein. It's a meal in itself!

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      catgypsy 

      5 years ago from the South

      I've had this salad a few times but never made one. Your recipe fits my tastes perfectly...will definitely make this...thanks!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ttoombs--LOL! very funny! Oh, well, it's worth it, right?

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Boy o boy does this look yummy! My tortilla chip keeps breaking when I try to get some tho...now I have crumbs all over my keyboard. :)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Go for it Mhatter! You won't be disappointed!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      first i hear of this. will have to try

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, MovieMaster--it is definitely a meal-in-one!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Victoria, I love salad - but a 7 layer salad, wow this sounds like a fabulous meal!

      Many thanks and looking forward to trying this.

      voted up

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, teaches! Healthy and pretty! Plus, it's a very cool dish for the summertime!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a meal in one dish and one that I would truly enjoy. The colors alone are enough to make you want to eat it. Beauty, health and satisfaction all in one.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome, Austinstar! I think it's a great combo, too! Thanks!

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      Lela 

      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Oh sweet! Another good recipe that combines protein and veggies. Love it. Voted up and pinned.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hyphenbird--Wish I could make enough to share with all of Hubville! Thanks for the comments!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cool, KD! I've been seeing a lot of good recipes coming through! :-)

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I am with billybuc. You might need to make a Hubville sized pan of this. It would be great for a potluck function. I will remember this for the future. Thanks!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Cardisa! I love it!

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      KDuBarry03 

      6 years ago

      Looks very delicious! Another recipe I'm gonna print out and try.

      -KD

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Gotta give this one a try. I know I am going to love it because I love all the ingredients so far. Looking good Vicki.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, yssubramanyam. It really is; I love this recipe!

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      yssubramanyam 

      6 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      very delicious..

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      mary615----I checked out your layered salad, and it looks awesome, too. Thanks for reading mine!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, yeah, anglnwu, very delicious!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vellur--I like your description--nutritious and delicious. Thanks so much!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lovedoctor--I know! I've seen a lot of good recipes today and this evening! Thanks for reading mine!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Marcy, the mayo mixture is supposed to seal it up, although I think it's prettier with cheese or tomatoes or green onions on top!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I do a layered salad, too. Yours looks better than mine, so I'm trying yours. I wrote a Hub about mine; when you have some time check mine out. I love these salads cause they can be made ahead of time. Great Hub. I'm voting it UP, etc.

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      anglnwu 

      6 years ago

      This looks like a good summer salad. It's so colorful and I bet, it's delicious.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Ruchira, for reading and for sharing. I do hope you try it! It's delicious!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      The layering layers are great - nutritious and delicous. Great recipe, voted up.

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      lovedoctor926 

      6 years ago

      Simply delicious! So many tasty dishes tonight.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've had a layered salad before, and they're quite tasty. They're also easy to make ahead of time if you use something for the top layer that sort of seals it all up. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      wow...Vicki.

      I loved it. I will try it. bookmarking it for sure. now, with summer coming...gotta impress my local friends with the great stuff I have learnt from my HP friends :)

      Cheers!

      voted up and sharing it across

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Audrey--I'm sure it's great without the bacon! thanks for stopping by!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Ohh--looks good--minus the meat for me though!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Joyce, I love it! Hope you do, too!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Crystal, If you can boil water, fry bacon, and chop, chop, chop, then you can make this one! good luck!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You're 7 layer salad sounds really good. I'll print it to make later on.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      It is, kelley! thanks!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds great. I'm printing it out and adding it to my recipe file. I am always on the lookout for simple recipes for a not-so-talented cook like myself. I think I can manage this one:)

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      kelleyward 

      6 years ago

      Looks healthy and delicious! Yum! Kelley

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, random! You're welcome about the link. I'm definitely going to try some of those salads!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Well done Vicki! Thank you for linking my article. As evidenced by my own hub, I am a big fan of salads and love to put together big ones with whatever we have on hand. It's awesome that you've been able to perfect this over the years. I will have to give it a try sometime. Good luck with the contest!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Effer, it is DEELISH! Make it! I made it recently, and it didn't last long! I love your spelling, by the way!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lord, you are so cool! You'd better pay your rent and remember what day it is, though! Thanks for remembering Gizmo. Take care!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, I wish I could swing by with a batch for you! Give the recipe to Bev! Hey, I bet your Spam and Velveeta surprise would be a great recipe for the contest! :-)

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      VEE......SEVEN layers!! All right! Easy to make, healthy for us and DEE-LISHUS!!!! What was that I was saying about people who can't SPELL???!! Lmao UP++

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Seven-layer, and a seven wonder of the dishes By Vicky Lodges...available on your e-recipe, just download it on your nook, notebook or Ipad. Remember to send Vicly a thank you note. She loves comments..and Gizmo too!~

      Great presentation Victoria!

      New Jersey, Friday... the 13th.... no! Friday, June First. Haven't paid rent yet, but enjoying this hub!

      LORD

      P.S. Passing on the contest as well. Good luck my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It looks absolutely delicious! When are you coming over to cook up a batch for me? I mean come on, that's what friends are for, right? LOL

      Great job my friend! Best of luck in the contest! I won't be entering this contest for obvious reasons.

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