Skip to Content

Retro Layered Salad

Layered salad recipes have been around for years but, until recently, I never gave them a second look. I love salad but I wasn’t sure if I would love this one. I couldn’t get my head around the layers or the dressing.

Years ago, when my mother in law asked me to assemble it when we were cooking Christmas dinner, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was so good. I had seconds and then ate some more the next day. YUM!

You read that right, the next day. You see, that is the best part of a layered salad. Layering the ingredients means that you can make this ahead of time and it won’t get slimy and gross like most salads. Plus, leftovers are still good the next day too.

It’s basically magic salad! Plus, it takes one thing off your plate when you are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner or a get together (as long as you don’t forget it in the refrigerator…yes I have done that.)

Though I rarely, if ever, buy iceberg lettuce, I recommend using a bit of it in this recipe. It has more structural stability and stands up to the layering better than some of the softer lettuces or greens.


We only made half of this recipe because we had a smaller crowd. It is easier to make as much as you need. Just eyeball the amounts and it works fine. This is a great recipe to take to a potluck or a family dinner.

If you are making it for Thankgiving or Christmas, make sure you check out my 39 Thanksgiving Dinner Side Dishes post. It has all the delicious dishes you’ll want on your holiday table.

Retro Layered Salad

Layered Salad
Yield: 10

Deliciously Simple Layered Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Want to take a salad to a potluck. This layered salad is the perfect make ahead salad. 


  • 6 cups Assorted Lettuce, or about 1/4 to 1/3 of your bowl
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups green peas, eyeball this measurement....can use frozen, just thaw first
  • 3/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 8 green onions, sliced - use all the white and a bit of the green
  • 3/4 cup cauliflower, chopped


  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, fried crisp and then crumbled


  1. Layer the salad ingredients in a large bowl in the order listed.
  2. Mix the dressing ingredients together and spread on top of the cauliflower layer. 
  3. Sprinkle grated cheese and bacon on the top of the dressing layer. 

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Saturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 461mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 11g



Retro Layered Salad



Wednesday 8th of May 2019

I make this but I use sour cream and dry ranch dressing instead I’d mayo a nd sugar!.

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 8th of May 2019

That sounds yummy too!


Thursday 29th of December 2011

Hmmmm...I would be all over this if I wasn't firmly Team Mayo. How is the dressing? I would think with miracle whip and sugar it would be quite sweet.


Thursday 29th of December 2011

I don't think it's sweet especially when paired with the cheese and bacon. I bet you could sub mayo as well.

Shan @ the fairy blogmother

Thursday 29th of December 2011

Looks delicious!

Skip to Recipe