Classic Southern Seven-Layer Salad in a trifle dish
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5 from 4 votes

Classic Southern Seven Layer Salad

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 is as versatile as it is delicious, and always receives rave reviews!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: picnic salad recipes, seven layer salad recipes, barbeque salad recipes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby



  • 1 cup mayonnaise 8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream 4 ounces
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese 1 ounce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps white wine vinegar


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce cut into small pieces
  • 4 eggs hard-boiled sliced lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half lengthwise cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 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.




Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1100IU | Vitamin C: 20.6mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 1.3mg