Seven Layer Salad

Seven Layer Salad

During a recent potluck, somebody brought a seven layer salad, very imaginatively arranged.  I have made seven layer salad before, but never had the wits to arrange the ingredients so artfully.  So, I thought  I would share the recipe and the different images of how they can look.  Here is the easy to make seven layer salad.  It tastes so yummy, it cannot but fail but impress.

2 cups mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 tablespoon sugar
1 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, diced
4 hard-cooked eggs, sliced or quartered
10 ounces frozen green peas, uncooked
1 small sweet onion, diced
8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 pound cheddar cheese, grated
Combine the mayonnaise and sugar. Mix and refrigerate.

Layer the rest of the ingredients in the following order:
a layer of lettuce on the bottom of the bowl, then
a layer of celery
a layer of sweet pepper
a layer of chopped eggs
a layer of peas
a layer of onions
a layer of crumbled bacon

Spread the mayonnaise/sugar mixture over the top of the salad like cake icing. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over it all. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or for 8 to 12 hours before serving).

Serves 8

As you can see from the above photos, there is no set way of arranging the ingredients.  Some leave the grated cheese on top, others put the crumbled bacon on top.  If you use a glass bowl, you can arrange it so that the sliced eggs are prominently displayed on the side.  There is no limit to your imagination.