Okay, I’m a self proclaimed HATER of peas. I hate them so much that I will refuse to eat them. There is no way you’re going to sneak them into my food. Yet, I’ll eat this salad without any problem. That clearly means that this salad is fabulous! It’s so simple to make, but I’ll warn you that it is infinitely better the second day. The dressing will have had time to work its way through the entire salad by then, and you’ll be so glad that you waited.
This salad starts with a layer of iceberg lettuce. It’s crisp and delicious! Of course it has a reputation for not really adding a lot nutritionally, but this salad also contains bacon so we’ll forgive the iceberg.
Next, you bring purple onion to the party. Okay, so I know some people hate the large rings of purple onion, but I think they bring a necessary flavor to the salad. You can always cut them up into smaller pieces. In my opinion though 7-layer salad is almost completely customizable.
Now it’s time for the bacon. Everything is better with bacon, right? Of course you can use turkey bacon if you must.
Black olives add a little tang to it, and I loved it. I’m ultimately not sure if this was something we put in Aunt Mary’s version either, but it felt appropriate for the version I was making last night.
The hard-boiled eggs are something that I know we skipped as a child. Aunt Mary was allergic, but they are delicious. Plus, I make a perfect hard-boiled egg. I put them in the water before it starts to boil. Let the water come to a boil and let them sit in the boiling water for 10minutes. They come out perfect, everytime.
Cheese! I’ve always been a fan of cheese on a salad and this is no different. We used reduced fat cheddar in order to keep the weight watchers points somewhat in check.
Peas are the piece de resistance. I honestly hate them as I said at the opening of this post, but I think they are great in this salad. Mostly I think it’s because they aren’t cooked and mushy. I hate mushy peas. England can have them!
At this point, you keep layering as we have done so far until you have filled your container. Then you are ready for the last step and the waiting.
Last you top with ranch dressing. I always prefer Hidden Valley for taste. We went with the light version. You pour it over the top only, and you wait on it to seep through the salad. If you can’t wait til it has seeped down in then you can just mix it up.
The amount of ingredients will depend on the size of your bowl. We made a smaller amount to take to a tailgating party at the LA Galaxy game last night. We were disappointed by the loss but not by this salad.
THE ULTIMATE 7-LAYER SALAD
- 1/4 head iceberg lettuce
- 1/2 purple onion
- 5 strips bacon
- 1/2 can black olives (or you can buy fresh from your grocery stores olive bar)
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 3/4 bag reduced fat cheddar cheese
- 3/4 bag frozen peas
- 1/4 bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch, light
- 1. Layer each ingredient one at a time.
- 2. Add the ranch dressing to the top, allowing it to seep down through the layers.
- 3. (Optional) Refrigerate overnight.