The Classic 7-Layer Salad

The Classic 7-Layer Salad is a timeless dish that typically includes layers of crisp vegetables, cheese, and a creamy dressing. Here’s a simple recipe for you:


For the Salad:

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Salad:
  • In a large, clear serving bowl, layer the ingredients in the following order: chopped iceberg lettuce, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced red bell pepper, thawed frozen peas, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped red onion, and crumbled bacon.
  1. Prepare the Dressing:
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, salt, and pepper until well combined. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  1. Assemble the Salad:
  • Spread the dressing evenly over the top of the layered salad, making sure to cover the entire surface.
  1. Chill and Serve:
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Chilling allows the flavors to meld and the salad to set.
  1. Serve:
  • Before serving, gently toss the salad to combine the layers and dressing.
  1. Optional:
  • You can garnish the top with additional bacon, cheese, or fresh herbs if desired.

Enjoy this classic 7-Layer Salad as a side dish for picnics, potlucks, or family gatherings. The layers create a beautiful presentation, and the combination of flavors is always a crowd-pleaser!

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