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7 Layer Salad

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When it comes to making a big impression at a party, nothing beats a stunning layered salad. This recipe for a 7 layer salad with peas is not just so beautiful but also delicious and easy to customize with more or less of what you love.

how to make a 7 layered salad recipe.

When you display in a glass bowl, this salad showcases its colorful layers, making it the centerpiece at a potluck or party. Let’s dive into this salad recipe, which I consider my best large crowd salad, and get ready to feed ALLLLLLLLL the people!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups real mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, seeds removed and chopped
  • 3 small tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
  • 5 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings – 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled and fresh chives, chopped
  • Keep in mind that there are many sizes of presentation glass bowls. You may need to adjust your vegetables to include more (or less) of what you need to fill the bowl.

How to make 7 Layer Salad

Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, combine 2 cups of mayonnaise and 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Mix well and set aside.

Layer the Vegetables: In a glass trifle bowl or large mixing bowl, start layering the vegetables. Begin with a layer of romaine lettuce cubes. Follow with layers of chopped red onion, green peppers, and tomatoes. Make sure to spread each layer evenly.

Add the Eggs: Arrange the sliced hard boiled eggs around the outer edge of the trifle bowl. Then place the remaining egg slices on top of the tomatoes in a single layer.

Layer the Peas: Add a layer of thawed frozen peas over the eggs. Do not use canned peas for this. They will just be really soggy and wet and taste nothing like a salad pea.

Easy to customize layered salad recipe with various vegetables.

Spread the Dressing: Evenly spread the mayonnaise mixture over the top of the peas. I know because its a salad you think automatically dressing, but this version that is thicker, helps really cover all the vegetables better.

You can use dressing if you want or even skip putting the mayo/dressing on top and set it on the side so guests can choose. I know some of my extended family doesn’t like mayo, so this gives them a choice.

Top It Off: Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the mayonnaise layer. Then add crumbled bacon (fresh or pantry version) and chopped fresh chives to finish off the top layer of the salad.

Chill and Serve: Cover the trifle bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. This salad can be made a few hours ahead of time to let the flavors meld together.

Easy to customize layered salad recipe with various vegetables.

What other vegetables can you add to a layered salad?

This 7 layer salad is versatile and can easily have more than seven layers! Here are some additional vegetables you could include:

  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Shredded carrots
  • Chopped celery
  • Diced avocados (remember they do oxidize, so only right before serving)
  • Sliced radishes

If you prefer not to use mayo, it is fine to use dressing. Here are a few alternatives:

7 layer salad recipe in a trifle bowl.

Benefits of Using a Glass Trifle Bowl

Using a glass trifle bowl for this salad not only makes it look stunning but also allows your guests to see all the beautiful layers and exactly what is in the recipe.

It adds a touch of elegance to your presentation and makes the salad a real showstopper. This type of bowl looks great filled with fruit salad recipes or desserts like strawberry angel food cake.

If you do not have a bowl like this, amazon has a ton of them and this one comes highly recommended.

Layered salad in a glass trifle bowl with colorful vegetables.
Make an easy trifle salad with our 7 layer salad recipe. Featuring peas, bacon, and more, it’s perfect for any occasion!
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7 Layer Salad Recipe with Peas


Prep Time 20 minutes
Beautiful and delicious large salad recipe – easy to make with 7 layers of vegetables (or more if you like) smothered in a sweet and tangy thick dressing. Great for potlucks and parties as it feeds so many!

Equipment

  • Glass Trifle Bowl

Ingredients
 

7 layer salad dressing

  • 2 cups real mayonnaise Suggest: Hellmann's or Dukes
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

7 layer salad ingredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 cup red onion chopped
  • 2 green peppers seeds removed and chopped
  • 3 small tomatoes seeds removed and chopped
  • 5 hard boiled eggs peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed and drained well
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • Chives chopped

Instructions

Prep

  • Before assembling salad, cook and crumble bacon and chop and prep all vegetables.

How to make 7 Layer Salad

  • In a small bowl, whisk 2 cups of mayonnaise with 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar until well combined. Set aside.
  • Take a glass trifle bowl or a large mixing bowl and start layering your vegetables. Begin with a base layer of romaine lettuce cubes. Next, add a layer of chopped red onion, followed by chopped green peppers, and then chopped tomatoes. Spread each layer evenly.
  • Arrange the sliced hard-boiled eggs around the outer edge of the glass or trifle bowl to see the eggs around the bowl. Place the remaining egg slices in a single layer on top of the tomatoes.
  • Evenly distribute a layer of thawed frozen peas over the egg slices.
  • Take the prepared mayonnaise mixture and spread it evenly over the peas.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the dressing layer. Then, add the crumbled bacon and finish with a generous amount of chopped fresh chives.
  • Cover the trifle bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.

Notes

Suggested additional vegetable layers:
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Shredded carrots
  • Chopped celery
  • Diced avocados
  • Sliced radishes

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 290kcal

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