Monday, August 2, 2010

A What Layer Salad?

Am I the only one who has never heard of a Seven Layer Salad? When I got asked to make one for a dinner get together, I thought they meant taco dip or bean dip or something along those lines. Imagine my surprise when a friend tells me that Seven Layer Salad in their household includes mayo and peas. What's that now?

I found quite a few variations of recipes to mix and match the best options. This recipe was my starting point, and I used the comments to change up a couple of the ingredients (no thanks cauliflower, I'll take mushrooms). I also liked the look of sliced eggs around the side of the dish and stole that to actually make it an eight layer salad. Look at me going above and beyond. . . .

I mixed up the original recipe by also adding the mayo layer to the middle. Something about an inch thick surface of mayonnaise seems like a less than appetizing top view for the dish. . .
Wishing I had an egg slicer to get prettier slices. Ahh well. I tucked them into the mayo layer and started in with the cheese. Always a key ingredient in my dishes.
Seven Layer Salad
serves 8
1 pound bacon
1 large head iceberg lettuce - rinsed, dried, and chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 (10 ounce) package frozen green peas, thawed
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
10 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white sugar
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Crumble and set aside.

In a large flat bowl, place the chopped lettuce and top with a layer of onion, peas and mushrooms.

Prepare the dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, sugar and Parmesan cheese. Spread over salad. Line the bowl with the egg slices. Top with cheese and bacon crumbles and refrigerate until chilled.
I saved some time by buying pre-cooked and crumbled bacon in the salad dressing aisle. As I mentioned earlier, I think there is some leeway with what your salad layers entail. I replaced cauliflower with mushrooms, you might replace red onion with green, celery or pepper for peas. The possibilities are endless.

1 comment:

  1. i just sent this post to my mom and sisters. we used to have this alllll the time when i was younger! we've since retired it after many, many years of eating it. but regardless at our family gatherings my one brother continues to ask, "where's the 7 layer salad?".

    thanks for the flashback!