My Family’s Favorite 7 Layer Salad

Growing up there was always a favorite salad of mine at family gatherings.  I liked it even though it had peas in it… must have been the bacon.

Now that I’m older it’s a salad I like to make every Thanksgiving for three reasons. It’s good. It’s easy to make ahead of time and it travels well.

I make it every year… but every year I consult 4 or 5 cookbooks trying to remember how to make it just the way my family likes it. This year I decided to get my oldest daughter to help me.

That way we could take notes and pictures… and she could make it sometime if needed.

I thought you might enjoy it too, plus, it will make it easier for me to make next Thanksgiving.  All I’ll need to do is search my own blog! I’m also going to include it in my e-cookbook.  Make sure you sign up for my mailing list to be one of the first to get it.

7 Layer Salad


1 pound bacon cooked, cooled, and crumbled

1 head lettuce washed and cut into bite sized pieces

16 oz bag of frozen peas (you might not use the entire bag)

1/2 cup chopped green onions

2 cups mayonaise

2 tablespoons sugar

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I like regular shredded and not the finer fancy shred)

6-8 hard cooked eggs


Mix the mayonnaise and the sugar in a bowl and set aside.

Dressing for 7 Layer Salad

Place the lettuce in the bottom of a 9 x 13″ pan and press it down with a paper towel.  This helps to dry it off and get it compacted and level.

Lettuce layer of 7 Layer Salad

Sprinkle the chopped green onions on top of the lettuce.  Then top evenly with the bacon followed by a layer of frozen peas.  The smallest bag of peas we could find was 16 oz.  We probably only used about 10-12 oz though.

Pea Layer of 7 Layer Salad

Use an egg slicer on the hard cooked eggs and form a layer on top of the peas.

Egg layer of 7 Layer Salad

Now take the mayo/sugar dressing and “frost” it over the top of the eggs.

Adding dressing to 7 Layer Salad

Sprinkle the cheese overtop, cover, and refrigerate overnight to let the peas thaw and the flavors to mix.

Finished 7 Layer Salad

This is a crowd favorite and it’s easy to transport since we have a Pyrex Portable to carry it in and keep it cold.

7 Layer Salad Serving

This is best made the night before eating.  You can make the eggs and bacon a day or two early which helps with the final prep.

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2 thoughts on “My Family’s Favorite 7 Layer Salad”

  1. My mom had a couple of recipes for cranberry salads — one was with something ‘orangy’ in it and the other with whipped cream — both were really good —- Glad you posed this recipe – a favorite and I never think to make it…. Thanks !!!! Noralee

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