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.
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. 7 layer pea salad was something I saw a lot at potlucks growing up but man, I had no idea how good it was!
How do You Keep Fresh Produce Fresh?
Some fruits and veggies produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen.
This gas can prematurely ripen foods that are sensitive to it, so keep ethylene-producing foods away from ethylene-sensitive foods.
Avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, pears, plums, and tomatoes, for example, should be stored in a different place than your apples, broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, and watermelon.
Keep potatoes, onions, and tomatoes in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge.
The cold will ruin their flavor.
Store unripe fruits and veggies like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis, mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons, and bananas on the counter.
Once they’re ripe, move them to the fridge.
Banana peels will turn dark brown, but it won’t affect the flesh.
Store salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with a little air and sealed tightly.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes, will do fine for up to a week in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, but you can lengthen their lives by storing them in the fridge in a mesh or perforated plastic bag.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil and store it in the veggie bin in the fridge.
Other types of produce such as carrots, lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they’re picked, so place these in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridge ASAP (make sure they’re dry since moisture speeds up spoiling).
Cut the leafy tops of your pineapple off and store your pineapple upside down.
This helps redistribute sugars that sink to the bottom during shipping and also helps it keep longer.
Avoid washing berries until right before you’re ready to eat them.
Wetness encourages mold growth.
Buy only what you need.
Go to the market more frequently, or if that’s not possible, plan out your meals ahead of time so you only buy what you know you’ll use.
If you notice any rotten produce, compost it immediately before it starts to spoil the rest of the produce.
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 salad because it’s totally my favorite again.
Are Peas Healthy?
Green peas contain a decent amount of heart-healthy minerals, such as magnesium, potassium and calcium.
The high fiber content of green peas and legumes has been shown to lower total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol, both of which increase the risk of heart disease when they are elevated.
7 Layer Pea Salad
7 Layer Pea Salad
- 4 Cups Romaine Lettuce chopped
- 2 Cups Tomatoes chopped
- 6 Hard Boiled Eggs chopped
- 2 Cups 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 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 starting with 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!