Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Seven Layers of Goodness

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It is kind of a tradition that every get together my family has my aunt makes a seven-layer salad. Ok let me rephrase that a little, she makes a big one for the family and a small one minus a few ingredients for my picky self. :) I get random cravings for this salad so I decided I better learn how to make the dressing myself. I searched around and found several variations of the recipe but ended up combining bits and pieces from each, throwing the ingredients together and tasting to see how it came out.

This salad is really versatile, you can add whatever ingredients you like and leave out those ones that make you cringe. :) Some other ingredients that I have seen in this salad are; onions, tomatoes, and hard boiled eggs. In my opinion the salad is all about the sweet creamy dressing and not that it has exactly seven layers.

On this particular salad I left the dressing off because I thought that I had made way to much and that my in-laws would never eat it all. Boy was I wrong, I guess I should have just put the dressing on to begin with. But I did all of the ingredients in half which was a wise decision, otherwise it would not have all fit into my pretty trifle bowl.

Seven Layer Salad
(Source: Amber's Delectable Delights)

Salad Ingredients
1 head lettuce or 3 bunches of romaine (chopped into bite size pieces)
3/4 cup carrots, cut into bite size pieces
3/4 cup broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
3/4 cup cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
1/3 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese
1/2 cup peas
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Dressing Ingredients
1 1/2 cups miracle whip (or mayo)
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
dash onion powder
dash pepper

1) Combine all dressing ingredients and set aside.
2) In a 9x13 dish layer the ingredients, 90% of the lettuce, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, light layer of dressing, remaining 10% of lettuce, remaining dressing, shredded cheese, peas, bacon and parmesan cheese.
3) Cover salad and put into refrigerator a few hours before serving.


Anonymous said...

Amber, what a great idea! I am totally going to have to serve a salad like this soon. So easy, but such a great presentation!

That Girl said...

I am definitely in need of a trifle dish....

Jessica said...

I'm not a huge fan of 7 layer salad, but yours looks great!!

Carrie said...

Another use for my trifle dish, never had a seven layer salad, I will be trying it THANKS!

Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

I'm with Kate...I need a trifle dish!
Your salad looks great! Nice & colourful. :)

Anj said...

I love this salad. Yours looks so colorful. I've never used carrots in mine, definitely a good idea!

Melanie said...

Amber, I made your Foil Packet Italian Chicken last night for dinner. It was really easy, really good and my husband loved it too:) I enjoy reading your blog and trying your recipes. Thanks!

Melanie said...

Amber, I made your Foil Packet Italian Chicken last night and it was really easy, really delicious and my family loved it too:) I enjoy your blog and your recipes!

Anonymous said...

Hi Amber!

You have so many delicious dishes that I’m sure others would appreciate too!

I’m part of a team that organizes a foodie roundup event every 2 weeks on a given theme and would love if you would participate. The current theme is springtime salads and this post would make a great entry. What do you say? Also if you have any theme suggestions I would be happy to hear them too.

Wishing you many yummy recipes to come :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for participating! You've got some really great veggies in those layers :).
Also don't forget to check out the roundup (on the 18th of April +/-1 day).

Lore said...

I have yet to try a layer salad but after seeing your salad in the round up today I can't wait to do so :)

Anonymous said...

Amber, thanks for the great recipe!

I'm collecting ideas for different ways to make this salad. And I agree, it's really versatile. That's why I'm looking at different ideas :)

You could make this salad about 1,000 different ways!

But I really like how you put the carrots around the outside for visual appeal. Great ideas!


Carrie said...

I made this over the weekend for my girlfriends bachelorette party, I loved it, thanks for sharing.