This traditional Seven Layer Salad is piled high with peas, crumbled bacon, cheese, and more! Perfect for potlucks and barbecues!
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
- Cheddar cheese (both cubed and shredded)
And to make the simple seven layer salad dressing, you’ll need:
- Apple cider vinegar
How to Make Seven Layer Salad
Although this traditional seven layer salad looks stunning in its trifle dish, it’s super easy to make:
- Whisk together the seven layer salad dressing.
- Layer the ingredients in a large trifle dish in this order: lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, peas, cubed cheese, cucumbers, then the dressing.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
- 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.
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:
- Smoked Pulled Pork on a Traeger
- Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken
- Sticky BBQ Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs
- Easy BBQ Meatball Sliders
- Mexican Street Corn (Elote)
- Traeger Smoked Chicken Breasts
- Quick Grilled Chicken with Oregano
- Teriyaki Pina Colada Burgers
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:
- Easy Greek Pasta Salad
- How to Make Macaroni Salad
- Our BEST Broccoli Salad
- Easy Italian Pasta Salad
- Southern English Pea Salad
- Southern Grape Salad with Pecans
- Lemon Mandarin Orange Jello Salad
7 Layer Pea Salad
Seven Layer Salad
- 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
- In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar 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!