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Seven Layer Salad

Faith Ford's Seven Layer Salad

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Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

In her new book, Cooking With Faith, comic actress Faith Ford shares her down-home cooking recipes, southern classics that have been passed down from one generation of her family to the next.

Brenda's Make-Ahead Seven-Layer Salad.


  • 2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped (6 to 8 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen tiny green peas, thawed and patted dry
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mayonnaise (light or regular)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese (about 1/2 cup), grated
  • 8 slices bacon (pork or turkey
  • Cooking Directions

    In a deep salad bowl, layer the lettuce, peas, bell pepper, and onion. Use a rubber spatula to gently spread the mayonnaise over the top of the salad, all the way to the edges, so that the top is sealed. Sprinkle sugar evenly over the mayonnaise, then sprinkle on the cheddar cheese. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the mayonnaise and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to two days.

    To prepare the bacon, line a plate with paper towels. Place a skillet over medium-high heat and add the bacon. Fry until crispy, about eight minutes. Transfer to the towel-lined plate and let cool, then crumble. The bacon can be made up to four hours in advance and stored uncovered at room temperature.

    Just before serving, carefully remove the plastic wrap from the salad and sprinkle the bacon bits over the salad. To serve, scoop down to get some of each layer in the serving.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: peas, bell peppers, cheddar

    Course: Salad

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