Seven Layer Salad

7 Layer Salad | #recipe

Picnic food is, without a doubt, some of my favorite food around. Hot dogs charred to a crisp on the grill… potato saladbaked beanscoleslaw… watermelon! You name it, and I’ll fill my plate with it at a picnic. I’ve had versions of this seven layer salad at countless family picnics growing up, and it’s no wonder that I love it so much. Two main reasons:

1) It’s filled with lots of stuff. Like Elaine from Seinfeld, I love a big salad with lots of stuff. Things like bacon, cheese and hard-boiled eggs definitely make salads infinitely more appealing.

2) The dressing mimics the one that my grandma uses in her legendary broccoli salad. I could drink that dressing!

7 Layer Salad | #recipe

I couldn’t come across any family recipes for this salad, as I think it’s one of things that you just know and throw together. I did three sections of seven layers each, so that there was a superb mix of ingredients; no digging around for specific ingredients. Plus, more dressing throughout is good for everyone, right?!

7 Layer Salad | #recipe

With Memorial Day on our doorstep (hello, how is it the beginning of summer already?!), I thought some picnic food was in order. If you’re hosting a bash or going to one, this is a perfect dish that feeds an army and is a huge crowd-pleaser.

Have a fantastic holiday weekend; I hope you get to eat some awesome picnic food!

7 Layer Salad | #recipe

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Seven Layer Salad

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

A fabulous 7-layer salad consisting of Romaine lettuce, peas, red onion, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, cheddar cheese and green onions. The dressing is killer!


1 head romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped, divided
1 cup frozen peas, divided
½ red onion, finely diced, divided
12 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced, divided
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, divided

For the Dressing:
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients; set aside.

2. Place one-third of the lettuce in the bottom of a trifle dish. Top with one-third each of the peas, red onion, bacon, hard-boiled egg, cheese and green onions. Spread one-third of the dressing over the top.

3. Repeat layers again, ending with the dressing.

4. For the last set of layers, begin again with the lettuce, peas and red onion, then cover with the remaining dressing. Top the dressing with the bacon, hard-boiled egg, cheese and green onions. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Salad should be eaten the day it is assembled.

(Recipe adapted from SnoValley Star)


21 Responses to “Seven Layer Salad”

  1. amanda @ fake ginger on May 22, 2014 at 12:26 am

    This is my faaaaavorite summer food! I’ll definitely be craving it after seeing this!


  2. Sarah Liz on May 22, 2014 at 2:35 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’ll have a go at making it in the next week or so as study food, it’ll be a better alternative to all the chips I normally snack on as I cram!


  3. Baby June on May 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

    That looks awesome! I always love trying different recipes for the classics, and this one looks like it would be a great variation! 🙂


  4. tahnycooks on May 22, 2014 at 7:32 am

    This salad is one of my favorite salads sitting on the buffet line after church for a potluck dinner. Classic and never gets old! Love frozen peas btw!


  5. basketpam on May 22, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I remember when this was one of those “IT” dishes back in the 70s. EVERYONE was making seven layer salad. Where did you dig this up? I’ve actually thought about it not all that long ago. Another one is that box cake mix that they discontinued and I was DEVASTATED – Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake. See if you can dig that one up too. I’ve been told by MANY MANY older (as in over 45 women they loved that one too when it was on the market, why they ever discontinued it I’ll never know. This salad is the salad that skyrocked Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing to it’s fame as a good many people used that as the dressing instead of any thing from scratch. Of course, they were the days when the ONLY way you could have Hidden Valley Ranch was from a packet of dry mix and you added your own moist ingredients. Personally, I STILL believe it taste much fresher and better that way rather than from a bottle. It would be like pouring a bottle dressing all over this salad, it’s NOT the same.


    • Terri on May 23rd, 2014 at 11:03 am

      omg. I am 51 and I looooved that chocolate macaroon cake, my favorite part was the very moist coconut cake in the middle. I have seen quite a few recipes for scratch options but none of them can seem to get the coconut part right (every recipe wants put some kind of coconut fillling in the center, it’s just not right). I also loved the one with the soft fudgy pudding like tunnel in the center. My mom made both of those cakes many, many, many times. And youre right everyone who remembers them seems to have loved them, especially the chocolate macaroon one. A few years ago there was a site where many people posted about how much they wanted that cake back. I miss them sooooo much!!!!!!


      • Diane on May 2nd, 2015 at 10:25 am

        OMG – I am 47 and also loved that Macaroon Cake.. we probably made once a month…… memories. Who made it?? Duncan Hines or Pillsbury?


  6. Gwen on May 22, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Haven’t made this in years! Looks so good. I will be taking this to my sister’s on Memorial Day. Thanks for another great recipe!!!


  7. ShaNae on May 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I make the exact same salad. An addition I add is chopped red cabbage, about 1/2 a head. It adds another layer to the already goodness of it. I put it on the bottom or on top of the lettuce and I have never come home with leftovers. 🙂 Good stuff for sure!


  8. TERRY on May 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

    This was an IT salad in the 70’s!! It is still a family favorite and will probably make for this Memorial Day! Back in the 80’s I had a wild hair and decided to salt and pepper the lettuce before layering…wrong! The next day the lettuce was wilted and a ton of water was in the bottom of the bowl! What was I thinking!!!!


  9. Janet T on May 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I am using all of your recipes to celebrate my Son’s graduation from high school. With the addition of your peanut butter cup cookies to the menu, I have the cookies frozen awaiting the big party day!


  10. Angie on May 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    This looks wonderful , light and fresh!


  11. Linda @ Veganosity on May 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    This reminds me of a summer salad that my mom used to make. The colors are beautiful! I don’t do eggs, cheese, or bacon, but it’s so pretty that I’m going to reinvent it in a vegan form. The good news is that I have never liked hard boiled eggs so that would have been omitted no matter what-ha! My portobello bacon or coconut bacon will work though, as will dollops of cashew cheese. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!


  12. elizabeth on May 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This is a variation on my all time favorite salad. We just layer ours in a 9×13 starting with the lettuce and just add all the ingredients on top. Topping is the mayo and sugar. I just love all these flavors together. I think the one I use is also called 24 hour salad because you make it the day before. I’m going to give this variation a try. Especially the topping since it’s a little different.


  13. Robin Christensen on May 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    My family LOVES this salad! Mine is just a little different, but it is basically the same recipe. I hadn’t made it in years until a few months ago and my husband is STILL talking about it!


  14. Reginia Cordell on May 23, 2014 at 6:40 am

    We absolutely love several versions of seven layer salad and I’m sure this one would fit nicely into our rotation.


  15. marcie on May 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    This salad looks so good with all of those delicious layers and would be perfect for any summer gathering!


  16. Mary S on May 23, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I love your Layered “7 Layered” Salad!! I always disliked the fact that all the dressing was heaped on top of this huge stack of layers. And, girl, you have solved the problem, quite simply. Amazing to think it took more than 40 years for someone to come up with it! Bravo Brown Eyed Baker!! 🙂 Love You!!


  17. Kathy H on May 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Made this salad for Memorial Day family gathering because it was very similar to one my grandma used to make. It was a big hit & devoured by the family. Thanks for the great recipe and the memories.


  18. Maria Hanrahan on July 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I am making this again today….I made it last month when my 15 year old son was coming home after being away overnight and when I texted him to let him know that, his response was “OMG YESSSS”. My daughter loves it, too, and it was her request for it that prompted me to buy the ingredients for it last night. We love the stuff and could eat it every week, and I agree that having the layers repeated makes it extra delicious!


  19. Louise Wagner on June 30, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Try adding a tablespoon on dijon mustard to the dressing, delicious!


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