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Seven Layer Salad

Prep Time:

55 Minutes

Cook Time:

25 Minutes


5 Servings



About the Recipe

This Classic 7 Layer Salad recipe never goes out of style. This salad is thought to have originated in the 1950's in the South where it was referred to as seven-layer pea salad. Seven Layer Salads are perfect for entertaining. It’s effortlessly made by layering simple ingredients, covering them in a thick dressing, and refrigerating overnight. This easy, yet beautiful side dish is ready to feed a crowd!


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce cored and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced thin

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs peeled

  • 2 cups frozen peas

  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped

  • 1 cucumber halved, seeded, and chopped

  • 10 slices bacon cooked until crisp and chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded

  • Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


Step 1

  • Wash the chopped lettuce and thoroughly dry. Running through a salad spinner and then laying on a dish towel to soak up excess water is recommended. Meanwhile, soak red onion in a small bowl of cold water for 5 minutes to mellow flavor. Drain and pat dry.

Step 2

  • Layer half the lettuce on the bottom of a trifle bowl or glass bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Layer red onion on top. 

Step 3

  • Slice 3 eggs and place, standing up, around the edge of the bowl, sitting on top of the onion. Chop the remaining eggs and sprinkle on top of onion

Step 4

  • Layer frozen peas, bell pepper, and cucumber on top. Add remaining lettuce to bowl and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. 

Step 5

  • Mix together all the dressing ingredients and spread on top of the lettuce. Sprinkle cheese and bacon on top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. It isn't necessary to toss the salad before serving. The dressing will be scooped up with the other ingredients. 

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