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A glass trifle dish filled with 7 Layer Salad full of colorful ingredients.
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7 Layer Salad

7 Layer Salad (aka Overnight Salad) is one of the most popular potluck dishes for picnics, a BBQ side for cookouts, or a summer side dish.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salads & Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 7 Layer Salad, Layered Salad, Seven Layer Salad
Servings: 12
Calories: 338kcal



  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Salad Layers

  • 2 cups iceberg and or romaine lettuce
  • 6 eggs boiled and chopped
  • 12 slices crumbled bacon
  • 6 green onions
  • 2 cups tomatoes (sliced grape or regular)
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas



  • Mix the dressing: ½ cup mayonnaise, ½ cup sour cream, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cook the bacon until crispy. Boil the eggs. Chop the tomatoes, green onions, and grate the cheddar cheese.
  • LAYER 1: Finely chop the lettuce and place it in the bottom of the bowl. PRO TIP: Use extra ingredients toward the outside edge of the glass bowl which makes it pretty!
  • LAYER 2: Slice 2 or 3 eggs into long quarters and position facing out of the bowl, then finely chop the rest of the eggs and sprinkle on the lettuce. PRO TIP: Use a large spoon to gently press down the layer to keep it flat, this helps you build the pretty layers!
  • LAYER 3: Place the crumbled bacon on next, and smooth gently with the large spoon.
  • LAYER 4: Sprinkle on the green onions, and spread them around using the spoon to smooth out that layer.
  • LAYER 5: Now, place the tomatoes on and adjust and smooth them out using a large spoon.
  • LAYER 6: Sprinkle on the grated cheddar cheese, and be generous! Everyone loves the cheese.
  • LAYER 7: Now the frozen petite peas go on, try to make the layer even, and smooth with your large spoon.

Dressing Layer:

  • Use a small spatula, offset spatula, or bread knife to spread the dressing on top, and take it the edge of the glass bowl. This helps to keep the ingredients chilled and the dressing won't drip down, it is thick enough to stay on top until the next day.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge unti you are ready to serve. Garnish with more bacon, cheese, green onions, or egg if you wish. Toss and serve, or let people dig in!



Top Seven Layer Salad Tips

  • Chop the ingredients fairly the same size, to help them lay flat and get even layers.
  • As you build the layers, use a large spoon to gently press each layer flat.
  • Use more ingredients toward the edge of the glass bowl, that's the pretty part. It's ok if you don't have enough to completely cover the layer, just build the outside ring that people see.
  • Precise measurements don't matter that much, I often swap out things I have on hand or try new combinations that sound good.
  • The BEST part of this potluck wonder is that it really stays crunchy for up to 24 hours, just spread the dressing to the edge of the dish.

Layered Salad Swaps

Lettuce: besides romaine and iceberg, people love fresh spinach, baby spring mix, or butter lettuce.
Meats: diced chicken or turkey, sliced salami or pepperoni, or shredded rotisserie chicken, or sliced ham.
Cheeses: white cheddar, pepper jack cheese, or Colby cheese would all be delicious.
Veggies: grilled, fresh or sauteed corn, sugar snap peas, broccoli, celery, mushrooms, cauliflower, red onion, shredded carrots, cucumbers, bell pepper, avocados, or green or black olives.
Dressings: Green Goddess, Ranch Dressing, or a Lemon Vinaigrette. For these dressing, don't add these to the salads until right before serving or the salad will wilt.
Garnishes: you can decorate the top of the salad and sprinkle more cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped eggs, or fresh herbs like chives and dill.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 477mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1905IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 3mg