Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Layer Salad

Layer Salad is one of my husband's favorite salads. It is also a great salad to take along to any BBQ, picnic, or potluck since it's visual appeal alone is a stand out.

This salad is best made a few hours ahead before serving so the frozen peas can un-thaw. Preparation for this salad is a little bit involved since you are chopping, grating and cooking the individual layers, but the results if presented in a nice glass trifle bowl are stunning.

This salad usually has something for everyone with all the different components of sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy. It is important however, that all the ingredients are at their prime. So don't skimp on sub-par vegetables since they are the star in this dish. A good quality mayonnaise is also key since it is mainly what makes your dressing. It is also a salad that if taken somewhere, the bowl is empty when you return home.

Hopefully you like this as much as we do when you serve it at your next function.

Layer Salad

1/2 head Iceberg Lettuce, shredded
1/2 medium red onion, diced
2 medium carrots, shredded
2 cups frozen baby peas
1 medium red pepper, diced
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I like Best Food's)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Layer the ingredients in the order listed into a trifle or other glass bowl reserving some of the bacon if desired to sprinkle on top.

Whisk the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl making sure to taste for seasoning. Spread dressing over entire bowl making sure to cover the entire surface. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Before serving add reserved bacon bits.


  1. You are right - the salad really has a lot of visual appeal. Makes me want to dig right in! I would love to try it out the next time we have company for dinner.

  2. This looks great. I just LOVE peas in my salad!

  3. That is a very popular dish for potlucks in the South. I must say, yours is the prettiest one I've ever seen.

  4. It looked like a tiramisu! Great idea!


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