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
Deliciously Simple Layered 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
- Layer the salad ingredients in a large bowl in the order listed.
- Mix the dressing ingredients together and spread on top of the cauliflower layer.
- Sprinkle grated cheese and bacon on the top of the dressing layer.