This traditional Seven Layer Salad is piled high with peas, crumbled bacon, cheese, and more! Perfect for potlucks and barbecues! 

Everyone needs a great recipe for the classic 7 layer pea salad! This one is my favorite because that dressing isn't the typical sour cream. gluten-free, grain-free

Easy Seven Layer Salad Recipe

I grew up on fresh from the garden produce and I never realized just how lucky I was to have such a huge garden growing up, but I definitely miss it now that I’m older. This layered pea salad was something I saw a lot at potlucks growing up but man, I had no idea how good it was!

A lot changes with age doesn’t it? We gain a new appreciation for all that we had, the freedom of childhood, and the foods our family enjoyed together. I think of all the running around and pretending I did as a kid and wonder if our kids get slighted a bit. Yes, they still play, but is it as carefree as it was for me and do they use their imaginations as much?

The rule at our house is each child gets to pick one show a week and the rest of play should be with friends, outside, inside, whatever — just not with the TV. I hope that they look back on their childhood and have carefree memories. I also hope they keep making this easy seven layer salad because it’s totally my favorite again.

What’s Needed for This Layered Salad? 

As the name suggests, this seven layer salad consists of seven main ingredients: 

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Cheddar cheese (both cubed and shredded)
  • Cucumber 
  • Bacon

And to make the simple seven layer salad dressing, you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Apple cider vinegar 

Everyone needs a great recipe for the classic 7 layer pea salad! This one is my favorite because that dressing isn't the typical sour cream. gluten-free, grain-free

How to Make Seven Layer Salad

Although this traditional seven layer salad looks stunning in its trifle dish, it’s super easy to make:

  1. Whisk together the seven layer salad dressing. 
  2. Layer the ingredients in a large trifle dish in this order: lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, peas, cubed cheese, cucumbers, then the dressing.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. 
  4. Top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon just before serving. 

How Long Does Seven Layer Salad Last?

Once assembled, this traditional seven layer salad will last up to 24 hours in the fridge. However, it’s best within a few hours of making it. 

Is Romaine Lettuce Better Than Iceberg?

Considering nutrition, Romaine lettuce is far superior to Iceberg.

Romaine is packed with nutrients, including vitamins A and C, and good amounts of folic acid and magnesium.

Generally speaking, the darker green the leaves, the more nutritious the greens are.

What to Serve with Seven Layer Salad

This layered pea salad pairs well with pretty much any main dish at a barbecue. But if you’re in need of ideas, here are a few yummy recipes to make alongside this layered salad: 

Everyone needs a great recipe for the classic 7 layer pea salad! This one is my favorite because that dressing isn't the typical sour cream. gluten-free, grain-free

Tips for Making Seven Layer Salad

Note that we recommend using frozen, defrosted peas in this layered salad. Frozen peas are firmer than canned peas and have a fresher flavor. 

We prefer real mayonnaise in the seven layer salad dressing, but you’re welcome to use Miracle Whip if that’s what you grew up eating. 

If you’d like to prep this layered pea salad in advance, I recommend chopping the individual ingredients and storing them separately until you’re ready to assemble the salad. 

More POTLUCK SIDE DISHES: 

7 Layer Pea Salad

Seven Layer Salad

5 from 3 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Description

This traditional Seven Layer Salad is piled high with peas, crumbled bacon, cheese, and more! Perfect for potlucks and barbecues! 

Ingredients 

  • 4 Cups Romaine Lettuce, , chopped
  • 2 Cups Tomatoes, , chopped
  • 6 Hard Boiled Eggs, , chopped
  • 2 Cups Frozen Peas, , defrosted
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, , cubed
  • 1 English Cucumber, , chopped
  • 6 Slices Bacon, , cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Cheese, , shredded

For the dressing

  • 1 1/2 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions

  • In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, salt and vinegar. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl or trifle dish, layer the ingredients in this order: lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, peas, cheese, cucumbers, then the dressing.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in the fridge for 1 hour, up to 3 hours.
  • Top with shredded cheese and bacon and serve!

Notes

pea salad will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 16gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 840mgPotassium: 405mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3187IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 249mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides, Over 100 Easter Recipes for Spring
Cuisine: American

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Everyone needs a great recipe for the classic 7 layer pea salad! This one is my favorite because that dressing isn't the typical sour cream. gluten-free, grain-free