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7 Layer Salad

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Your friendly flavor explorer, Jeviko, is back with another journey into the wholesome and scrumptious world of salads! Today, we’re diving fork-first into a special creation that’s close to my heart – the majestic 7 Layer Salad. Oh, and as we embark on this delightful journey together, I invite you to explore more of my culinary adventures over at my digital home
Why does this particular salad hold a special place on our table, you might wonder?
seven strata, each providing its unique blend of tastes and textures, all coming together in a harmony of flavors that dance delightfully on your palate. It’s a dish where the crispness of fresh veggies, the lushness of creamy layers, and the savory crunch of bacon all sing in a wonderful culinary chorus.
The 7 Layer Salad isn’t just food; it’s a vibrant spectacle, an edible piece of art if you will, that brings together friends and family with its inviting layers, each telling a story of flavor and texture.
Building this salad is akin to composing a melody, where each layer contributes a unique note, creating a harmonious tune that sings of freshness, creaminess, and crunchiness.
When crafting this salad, visualize the layers not just as ingredients but as individual characters in a story. The iceberg lettuce forms a crisp and refreshing base, setting the stage for the veggies to shine. As we add each layer, it introduces a new color, a new flavor, and a new texture, slowly building up a narrative that culminates in a delightful eating experience.

Can I prepare the 7 Layer Salad a day before serving?
Absolutely, and it’s even recommended! Preparing the salad a day in advance allows the flavors to meld beautifully, giving you a more flavorful and delicious salad. Just ensure it’s stored in a sealed container in the fridge to maintain its freshness.

Is there a vegetarian alternative to the bacon layer?
Certainly! You could use a layer of grilled mushrooms which have been finely chopped for a meaty texture or consider crunchy water chestnuts for that lovely bite. Alternatively, roasted chickpeas or even tempeh bacon are fantastic vegetarian options that still provide a satisfying crunch and additional layer of flavor.

Can I add more layers or change some ingredients in the 7 Layer Salad?
The beauty of this salad is in its versatility! Feel free to modify layers based on your preferences or dietary requirements. You could add a layer of hard-boiled eggs, sliced tomatoes, avocados, or even a layer of your favorite mixed beans. The key is to ensure a variety of textures and flavors within the layers to keep every bite interesting and delightful.

How do I serve the 7 Layer Salad without making it messy?
While the layered look is beautiful, it’s totally okay if it gets a bit mixed during serving. Use a clear bowl for aesthetics, and when serving, dig deep down to ensure that each serving has a bit of every delicious layer. Embrace the mixed, colorful plate that results – it’s part of the fun and every bite will still be amazing!

My mayo layer doesn’t look as smooth and even as I’d like it to be, any tips?
Achieving a smooth mayo layer can sometimes be tricky! You might try gently spreading it with a spatula or the back of a spoon. If it’s not spreading easily, consider thinning it slightly with a bit of lemon juice or milk. Not only does it make it easier to spread, but it also adds a zingy, fresh note or a touch of creaminess to your salad.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • For the Salad:
  • 1 head of Iceberg Lettuce (or approximately 5 cups) refreshing base that starts our layered journey.
  • 1 cup of Bell Peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup of Celery, finely chopped
  • 1.5 cups of Frozen Peas, thawed
  • 6 Green Onions, sliced
  • 12 ounces (roughly 340g) of Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1.5 cups of Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1.5 cups of Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • For Garnish:
  • A handful of Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • A dash of Paprika


  1. Start by cooking the bacon until it’s perfectly crispy. This can be done in a frying pan, oven, or even microwave – whatever method you fancy. Once cooked, let them cool and crumble or chop them into bite-sized pieces. This layer offers a beautiful crunch and smoky flavor that’s irreplaceable!
  2. Thoroughly wash all your veggies. Chop the iceberg lettuce, bell peppers, celery, and green onions. Remember, the smaller you chop, the easier it is to scoop up every delightful layer with each bite!
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper. This dressing acts like the glue of our salad, enhancing and melding flavors beautifully.
  4. Start with a transparent, deep salad bowl to showcase the layers. Begin with the iceberg lettuce, pressing it gently at the base. This forms a solid foundation for our tower of flavors.
  5. Follow this with bell peppers, then celery, spreading each layer evenly.
  6. Pour half of your creamy dressing over the celery, smoothing it out with a spatula.
  7. Up next, sprinkle the thawed peas and top them with the tantalizing green onions.
  8. Spread the remaining dressing over the green onions.
  9. Sprinkle the crispy, crumbled bacon, and finally, the shredded cheddar cheese. Ah, we’re nearly there!
  10. Scatter the freshly chopped parsley across the top for a burst of fresh green. Finish with a sprinkle of paprika for that hint of warmth and color.
  11. Place your salad in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours, allowing the flavors to mingle and dance together. Overnight is even better if you can resist the temptation!
  12. When ready to serve, dig deep with the serving spoon, ensuring each plate gets a taste of every delectable layer.

Cooking tips :

  • Ensuring your veggies are fresh is paramount! Crisp lettuce, vibrant bell peppers, and fresh, aromatic green onions will not only brighten the layers visually but elevate the flavors immensely.
  • For perfectly crisp bacon that crumbles beautifully, try baking it in the oven at 400°F (about 200°C) on a lined baking sheet until it reaches your desired crispness. It’s less messy and gives you more control over its crispiness.
  • The sprinkling of fresh parsley on top isn’t just for looks; it provides a fresh, herby counterpoint to the rich layers beneath. Don’t shy away from being generous with it, or even substituting with fresh dill or chives for a different herbal note!
  • While cheddar is classic, feel free to explore with your cheese choices. A sharp provolone, a creamy gouda, or even a spicy pepper jack could introduce a delightful new flavor profile to your salad.
  • When layering, think about how the textures and flavors will mingle. Try to alternate between textures (crisp veggies, creamy dressing) and flavors (savory bacon, sweet peas) to ensure every bite is a symphony in your mouth.

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