Tasty Tuesday and Layered Salad

Hi Friends! It’s another Tasty Tuesday, and we have such a winner recipe for you today!It’s a Layered Salad! And oh is it satisfying and delicious! It is just as it sounds, you are layering up the ingredients, topping with the dressing and it’s like a great big salad sundae! It is the perfect dish to take to a holiday party, and it is so satisfying, it will help if you are trying to watch sugar or too many decadent treats! Believe me, this is a salad fit for a king! So without further delay, let’s begin!

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 pkg frozen peas
  • 8 hardboiled eggs, rough cut
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 10 oz shredded cheddar
  • 1 cucumber quartered and sliced
  • 1 lb bacon fried and chopped
  • Salt and Ground Pepper

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp sugar

This recipe will work in any bowl, but using a clear glass bowl allows you to see the pretty layers of this salad prior to serving. Many times it is served in a trifle dish, which makes it seem even more festive!

Wash and cut your lettuce.

Add in your bowl, and season with salt and pepper.

You can see the first layer in place. You could also do 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce and a handful of fresh spinach leaves if you wanted.

Cut the eggs in sort of a rough cut. I quarter them and then slice across.

Add the eggs to the salad, but begin by arranging eggs around the perimeter of the bowl so they are sure to be visible from the outside.

Fill in with the remaining eggs. Cook and chop the bacon.

Once again put the bacon around the perimeter of the bowl first to be sure its visible from the outside, and then fill in the rest.

Chop the cucumber, and slice the cherry tomatoes.

Layer them on the salad.

Add your red onion.

Add a layer of green peas. I used about 2/3 bag.

Add some shredded cheddar.

Ok… we are out of room in this trifle bowl! Let’s make that dressing!

In a small bowl, add your sour cream, your mayonnaise, and a Tbsp of sugar.

Whisk it together.

Pour over the top of your gorgeous salad.

Garnish with a little reserve chopped bacon, or shredded cheese or sliced scallions.

Notice I have the dressing completely covering the top of the salad. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. 

Snap a picture, because just before serving, you will be tossing that beautiful salad!

Look at those pretty layers!

We served it with some homemade chicken soup, warm rolls and fruit.

Ok, let’s toss that salad! Carefully! It’s full! I used a large fork and spoon to toss it.

You are gently trying to move it all around so the dressing permeates through and you are tossing the ingredients. Oh my goodness… this is when you know how really special this salad is!

Alright its mixed! Let’s serve it up!

Oh my word! It is salad flavor town! The bacon, and tomato and egg and onion and cheese and peas… and that creamy goodness dressing, it is so good, you won’t be able to eat it fast enough!

My son says, “It rocks!”

My husband says it’s excellent!

It is such a treat!

You could easily substitute ingredients that you prefer. I’ve seen this made with finely chopped cauliflower as a layer, or green onions instead of red. If you don’t like peas, just skip them! But honestly, I don’t like peas cooked, but in this salad, peas are awesome!

Honestly, this salad is like a celebration of so many great things that go great together! That is the most exciting part of this salad is you keep coming across flavors in there that are not only fantastic, but in perfect harmony with every other ingredient in the salad!

There are so many great analogies to life in that salad bowl! We are all different, like the ingredients of the salad. Now I could eat a bowl of lettuce on its own. Or iI could eat the peas on their own. But it is a million times better when they are all together! Sure we can do life alone, but it is so much better for all of us when we do life together! I know I sure love doing this life with you! It just makes life better!

I hope you have a fantastic week, my friend!

I’ll be back Friday for another Fashion Friday!

Love Always,

Amy

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.  ~Halford E. Luccock

 

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4 comments

  1. Amy – Back in the 90’s, we had a salad like this on every “occasion” and I loved it. I say back in the 90’s because that’s when my kids were small and it seemed like I was always going to a pot luck! I don’t like cooked peas either, but I love them in this salad. I need to make this again!

    1. My son Jake prefers no dressing as well! You could make it without and provide some on the side for those who do! We ate that entire bowl in 3 days as a family. Probably serves 8-12 depending on size of serving 🙂

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