When you’re planning the perfect make-ahead dish for your spring and summer picnics or holiday gatherings, look no further than Classic Southern Seven-Layer Salad. This traditional seven-layer salad recipe is as versatile as it is delicious, and always receives rave reviews!
You may remember, I mentioned in an earlier post that I am in the middle of a major kitchen remodel. Because I can’t cook, over the next few weeks, I will be showcasing a few of my favorite bloggers and their recipes.
Today, I would like to introduce my sister, Chula King who hosts the Pudge Factor Blog. Chula is sharing one of my favorite recipes, Classic Southern Seven Layer Salad. I know you will love this traditional seven-layer salad as much as I do and I hope you will also visit the Pudge Factor blog to check out some of her other delicious recipes too!
Hi, all of you Grits and Pinecones fans. I was thrilled when my sister Sharon asked if I was interested in doing a guest blog!
My blog is Pudge Factor, which may seem an odd name. However, in our house, “Pudge” refers to being satisfyingly full from a good meal – thus Pudge Factor!
Actually, Pudge Factor was born in 1986 when I decided to put together a cookbook as a Christmas present for my family. The first edition of the cookbook didn’t materialize until 11 years later and went through several iterations after that. It quickly developed into my go-to cookbook. Because I wanted to have access to my recipes when I traveled, I decided to purchase the domain and upload my recipes to PudgeFactor.com. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that I actually decided to start a blog.
The recipes in Pudge Factor represent a lot of experimentation through the years and chronicle our everyday eating. Therefore, they tend to be a bit eclectic. In keeping with Grits and Pinecones theme of Southern Cooking, I thought I’d share with you my Classic Southern Seven-Layer Salad, which is one of my most popular posts.
I hope you like it as much as I do, and hope you’ll visit Pudge Factor and peruse some of my other yummy recipes.
Making The Classic Southern Seven-Layer Salad:
I started by combining some mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, shredded parmesan cheese, sugar, and white wine vinegar in a small bowl for the dressing.
Then, I moved on to building the salad. I like to make it in a clear trifle bowl to showcase the different layers, starting with a layer of bite-size pieces of iceberg lettuce.
Next, I added sliced hard-boiled eggs. I lined the bowl with a ring of sliced eggs and put the rest on top of the lettuce (here’s how to make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Every Time).
Then, I added a ring of sliced grape tomatoes above the eggs and placed the remaining sliced tomatoes on top of the eggs.
For the fourth layer, I added the white and green parts of sliced scallions.
I added the fifth layer of broken pieces of cooked and drained bacon and the sixth layer of shredded cheddar cheese.
Finally, I added the last layer of green peas. I finished the salad by topping it with the dressing that I had previously made. To make the salad look more festive, I sprinkled on a few of the green peas and a little bit of paprika.
I covered the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerated it overnight. Before serving the salad, I tossed it to combine all of the luscious ingredients. Yum!
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Classic Southern Seven Layer Salad
- 1 cup mayonnaise 8 ounces
- ½ cup light sour cream 4 ounces
- ½ cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese 1 ounce
- 1 ½ Tbsps granulated sugar
- 1 ½ Tbsps white wine vinegar
- 1 head iceberg lettuce cut into small pieces
- 4 eggs hard-boiled sliced lengthwise
- 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes cut in half lengthwise cut in half lengthwise
- ½ pound bacon cooked, drained and broken into small pieces, 8 ounces
- 6 green onions white and green parts thinly sliced
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded, 4 ounces
- 2 cups green peas thawed
- Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy; set aside.
- Add lettuce to trifle bowl, or another clear bowl.
- Place a ring of sliced eggs around the perimeter of the bowl, nestling them in the lettuce for support.
- Place remaining eggs on top of lettuce.
- Place a ring of sliced grape tomatoes around the perimeter of the bowl above the eggs; place remaining tomatoes on top of egg layer.
- Layer the bacon, green onions, Cheddar cheese, and green peas in that order on top of tomato layer.
- Spread dressing on top of salad. If desired, sprinkle a few green peas and paprika on top for a festive look.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, and preferably overnight.
- Before serving, toss to combine all ingredients.