All About 7 Layer Salads: Recipes, Cooking Tips and More!

All About 7 Layer Salads: Recipes, Cooking Tips and More!

The 7 layer salad recipe is a classic for picnics, barbecues and all American summer celebrations. Find out where it came from and how to make one!

Where did it come from?

The 7 layer salad is an American classic that originated in the South. It was originally called the 7 Layer Pea Salad for its main layer of peas, but eventually changed names and even ingredients. Today's 7 layer salad can be made up of all kinds of salad ingredients and is enjoyed all across America. The 7 layer salad has also proved inspirational for 7 layer taco salads (or taco dips) and 7 layer bean salads, it seems America has got a case of 7 layer salad fever!


7 Layer Salad

Try serving seven different layers of tastes to your guests in this one dish.


1 head Iceberg lettuce

3 large tomatoes - chopped in bite sized pieces

3 large cucumbers - chopped in bite sized pieces

2 cans of sweet peas - rinsed well and drained

6 eggs - hard boiled and chopped small or grated

2 C. sharp cheddar cheese - grated

2 C. crumpled bacon pieces

1-2 C. Dee's dressing

Dee's Dressing

2 1/2 C. of Kraft Miracle Whip

1/3 C. sugar

1/4 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice


Layer all ingredients in the order listed above. Drizzle as much or as little dressing as you like. I usually put 2 C. on the salad and take extra.

*Note - This salad is best served from a wide 2-4 inch deep container instead of a wide bowl. You want everyone to be able to dig down so they can get all 7 layers.

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Seven Layer Salad - A very quick and easy way to make a seven layer salad with all the fixings. 

Seven Layer Taco Dip - This no-cook dip makes great party good, but it easily a filling lunch.

Seven Layer Salad - This is a delicious salad made of 7 different layers of ingredients. It's wonderful with a meal or as a meal by itself.


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