Classic Southern Seven-Layer Salad is the perfect make-ahead dish for your 4th of July gathering. This spectacular salad is as versatile as it is delicious. Be prepared for rave reviews!
Here’s How I Made This Classic Southern Seven-Layer Salad
- To make this Seven-Layer Salad, I started by combining some mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, shredded parmesan cheese, sugar, and white wine vinegar in a small bowl for the dressing.
- Then, I moved on to building the salad. I like to make it in a clear trifle bowl to showcase the different layers, starting with a layer of bite-size pieces of iceberg lettuce.
Next, I added sliced hard-boiled eggs. I lined the bowl with a ring of sliced eggs, and put the rest on top of the lettuce (here’s how to make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Every Time).
- Then, I added a ring of sliced grape tomatoes above the eggs, and placed the remaining sliced tomatoes on top of the eggs.
- For the fourth layer, I added the white and green parts of sliced scallions.
- For the fifth layer, I added broken pieces of cooked and drained bacon. You can never have too much bacon!
- For the sixth layer, I added shredded cheddar cheese.
- For the final layer, I added some frozen green peas.
I finished the Seven-Layer Salad by spreading on the dressing that I had previously made. To make the salad look more festive, I sprinkled on a few of the green peas and a little bit of paprika.
I covered the Seven-Layer Salad with plastic wrap and refrigerated it overnight.
This spectacular salad was perfect for the 4th of July festivities. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
Seven Layer Salad is a classic American dish that originated in the 1950’s. It’s served in a glass bowl to highlight the beautiful, colorful layers. Although the traditional recipe has changed slightly over the years based on personal preferences, it remains a staple for barbecues, picnics and potlucks.
I like to use a trifle bowl for this amazing salad because of the visual appearance. However, any clear bowl will work. In addition, the salad can be made in a 9 x 13-inch glass dish.
The salad should be made at least 4 hours in advance. However, I generally make this salad the day before I plan on serving it, and refrigerate it overnight. This allows the flavors to blend together.
The salad doesn’t need to be mixed together before serving. Just make sure that you have a large, long spoon that can scoop out a helping with all of the tasty layers.
Other Tasty Salads
If you’re a fan of salads, you should check out these delicious salads that are also perfect for your 4th of July festivities:
I first posted this amazing salad on December 17, 2017. Given its festive look, it was perfect for Christmas. Since then, I’ve made it a number of times for different festivities.
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Classic Southern Seven-Layer Salad
- 1 cup (8-ounces) mayonnaise
- ½ cup (4-ounces) light sour cream
- ½ cup (2-ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1 ½ Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ Tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into small pieces
- 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced lengthwise
- 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
- ½ pound (8-ounces) bacon, cooked, drained and broken into small pieces
- 6 green onions, white and green parts thinly sliced
- 1 cup (4-ounces) sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
- Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, sugar and vinegar in a small bowl until smooth and creamy; set aside.
- Add lettuce to trifle bowl, or other clear bowl. Place a ring of sliced eggs around perimeter of bowl, nestling them in the lettuce for support. Place remaining eggs on top of lettuce. Place a ring of sliced grape tomatoes around perimeter of bowl above the eggs; place remaining tomatoes on top of egg layer. Layer the bacon, green onions, Cheddar cheese, and green peas in that order on top of tomato layer.
- Spread dressing on top of salad. If desired, sprinkle a few green peas and paprika on top for a festive look.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, and preferably overnight.
- Serve with a large, long spoon for scooping up the different layers.
- Yield: 10 to 12 servings.