This SEVEN LAYER SALAD is an easy make-ahead salad that’s layered and chilled so all the ingredients stay crisp and fresh. With iceberg or romaine lettuce, bacon, green onion, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, peas, cheddar, and a creamy dressing whose taste defies its simplicity, it’s quite possibly the perfect potluck salad.
It isn’t anything new. It’s been popular (thanks to Betty Crocker) for decades now, but luckily the very best things never really go out of style. If you don’t remember it — or have never had it.
In its heyday, this salad was generally made with iceberg lettuce, but we find that romaine still packs the same satisfying crunch but with a more desirable nutritional profile. After that first layer of lettuce is down, you add green peas, fresh tomatoes, sliced hard-boiled eggs, and chopped green onions, each in their own layer.
SEVEN LAYER SALAD INGREDIENTS NEEDED:
— 5 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce, chopped.
— 1 (12 oz) package frozen peas, thawed.
— 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved.
— 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced.
— 3/4 cup green onions, chopped.
— 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled.
— 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated.
— One cup mayonnaise.
— 1 cup sour cream.
— 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.
— 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.
— 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
SEVEN LAYER SALAD INSTRUCTIONS RECIPE:
In a trifle bowl or large clear glass bowl, layer the lettuce along the bottom.
Add the tomatoes, peas, eggs, and green onions in individual layers over the lettuce.
In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, and salt and pepper. Spread over top of salad.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese and then crumbled bacon over the top of the sour cream dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Serve, and enjoy!