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Mom’s 7 Layer Salad

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I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today! This 7 Layer Salad recipe is a family favorite of mine from growing up. My Mom has made this recipe for many years, and today, I’m sharing it with you!

9x13 pan of 7 layer saladThis 7 Layer Salad is simple to make and I promise, it will please a crowd!

This past Christmas I was in charge of bringing a salad to my in-laws and I didn’t want to take a boring bag salad with dressing. I wanted to take something I thought they’d really enjoy so I called my Mom and asked her to share her recipe!

Overhead view of a serving of 7 Layer salad on a white plate with a black fork and the serving taken out of the 9x13 pan

Thankfully, my in-laws enjoyed it and it rekindled my love of this 7 Layer Salad, too! My boys really like this salad as well and I’ve made it again since Christmas and they’ve gobbled it up!

9x13 pan with lettuce and peas

How do you make 7 layer salad?

This recipe is simple!

I promise it’s not complicated at all… in fact, you’ll never find an overly complicated recipe on my blog.

I love simple, delicious recipes.

Overhead view of lettuce in a salad spinner

You’ll start by cutting up the lettuce and cleaning it. I love using a salad spinner to clean my lettuce. I cut up the lettuce, put it inside with a little water and let the spinner go to work. It works perfect every time!
After cleaning the lettuce you will

  • Cook the bacon
  • Clean and dice all the veggies
  • Layer it all in a 9×13
  • Refrigerate prior to servingWoman sprinkling onion on top of lettuce and peas in a 9x13 pan

I believe family recipes should be shared.

If they aren’t, we can’t continue to pass down those memories and traditions. I hope someday my kids will want to share their favorite recipe of mine that reminds them of their childhood.

I have fond memories of many recipes of my Mom and my Grandma that I love to make for my own family!

Overhead view of 7 layer salad with cheese and bacon on topThis 7 Layer Salad is great for social gatherings!

  • Holiday gatherings
  • Potluck dinner
  • Super Bowl party
  • Summer BBQ
  • Birthday party
  • Anywhere you are in charge of bringing veggies!

On my Mom’s original recipe card she has written “Believe it or not this salad can be kept for about a week before the lettuce begins to wilt”  So far, it hasn’t lasted a week at our house to test her theory because we eat it all in a few days!

I hope you enjoy my Mom’s 7 Layer Salad as much as I have through the years. If you serve it, I’d love to hear how your friends and family enjoyed it!

If you are looking for another salad recipe, check out my Southwest Chicken Salad as well! Or if you need a salad to take to a gathering my Honey Lime Fruit Salad is perfect!

Mom’s 7 Layer Salad

A family favorite recipe!  My Mom’s 7 Layer Salad is perfect for a get together for a fresh and crisp side dish!
Print Recipe
glass dish filled with 7 layer salad ingredients
Prep Time:30 minutes
Refrigerate:1 hour


  • 1 head lettuce chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas uncooked
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 15 oz mayo
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 oz center cut bacon fried & chopped


  • Place chopped lettuce in a 9×13 pan.
  • Cook bacon in skillet and allow to cool.
  • Chop all remaining vegetables and layer on top of lettuce in this order- celery, pepper, onion and peas.
  • Spread mayonnaise on top of vegetables and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Add shredded cheese and top with crumbled bacon.
  • Mom says you MUST cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.  (If you don’t have that much time 1-2 hours is sufficient)


My Mom’s recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons of sugar, I personally don’t think it needs that much but you can add an additional tablespoon if you’d like.
The seven layers is vegetables… I didn’t count the mayo and sugar 🙂  


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 400kcal
Author: AMY

Photo Credit:  Jennifer Draper

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    1. You could do green peppers or corn and I think those would work great. Or broccoli. Really any other vegetable you like that has some crunch to it.

  1. 5 stars
    my mom’s Seven Layer Salad is similarly delicious: lettuce, sliced water chestnuts, green onions, peas…cover with mayo then top with bacon & colby cheese. you’re right, it doesn’t last long! thanks

    1. It’s a family favorite! I bet the water chestnuts add a nice crunch!!! Thanks so much for leaving a rating! I appreciate it so much 🙂

  2. Made this tonight! My pepper were chopped and frozen, so defrosted them throughout the day… still lots of moisture. I ended up adding it to the dressing with the emulsifier. (Didn’t have enough mayo do also added Greek plain yogurt & Sour cream). It was a bit different from the original 7 layer salad, but very tasty!!

    Had do e bread rolls I needed to use up do made croutons with them! Yum!

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