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Seven Layer Salad

on July 22, 2016

I love this salad. We have a similar recipe card to what I’ve made for years that comes from one of Grandma’s sisters. She calls it Lettuce Salad, but I have always known it as Seven Layer Salad. There are only a couple of differences, one being that it has bacon bits put on at the end and the one I make has bacon bits AND shredded cheddar. The other difference is that the Lettuce Salad says to stir at the end and Seven Layer Salad just stays in layers in the pan. This one has to sit overnight, so it can be considered a “make-ahead” salad. I always love it when things can be made ahead. This is a classic, and maybe this could also be considered a “retro” salad. I’m sure everyone has their version of this salad and I’ve been making this particular version of this since the 1970’s. You never know, there may be some young cooks out there who don’t know about this one.

Lettuce Salad

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This is one of my all-time favorites.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Seven Layer Salad

Make a thick layer of lettuce:

1 large head of iceberg lettuce, chopped

Layer:

2 cups celery, diced

1 green pepper, diced

6 green onions tops, sliced

1 can water chestnuts, sliced (optional)

1 large package frozen peas (not cooked)

Mix:

2 cups salad dressing or mayonnaise

2-3 Tablespoons sugar

enough milk to make dressing, 1/4 cup or so

Put dressing on top.

Sprinkle with:

1/2 -1 cup parmesan cheese

Let stand overnight.

When ready to serve, sprinkle with:

6 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

bacon bits (I used 4 strips real bacon, cooked)

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This goes together really fast if you have all of your layers chopped and ready to go.

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You can kind of see the layers here on the side of the pan.

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It’s a very pretty salad!!

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Take this classic to your next picnic or gathering. Everyone will feel nostalgic when you show up with this delicious retro salad. It’s just so good.

 

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