How to make a perfect
7 layer (24 hr) salad...
This salad is one of my most requested dishes and we always have it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I thought I would post it now in case any of you want to make it in time for tomorrow, you can get the ingredients tonight. It does require overnight (or I'd say at least 7-8 hours) refrigeration in order for the dressing to have the sugar fully dissolved and the taste just right. I promise, if you bring this to an event you will get RAVE reviews and have absolutely none left in the bowl. I took photos today as I made it so you could have your very own photo recipe...here goes...
Use a pretty glass bowl to make salad. Wash head of lettuce and tear put about half of it into pieces and place in glass bowl.
On top of lettuce, put 6 hard boiled eggs that have been sliced.
On top of the eggs, add 1 cup of frozen green peas.
Then add the other half of the head of lettuce, ripped into small pieces, on top of that.
Get 2 little packs of these Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Pieces...I use this for convenience. Before these existed I would fry up one pound of bacon very crisp and break into pieces on top. Needless to say, much easier to buy the pre-made bacon. Saves lots of time.
Place the bacon on top of the lettuce.
On top of this add 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.
To make dressing you need 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of mayo. I normally use Hellmann's. I do think it makes a difference.
Add 1 cup of mayo to 1 cup sour cream.
Then add approximately 1 and 1/2 to 2 Tbsp sugar. I do this to taste. You don't want it be too tangy but neither do you want it to be too terribly sweet. Needs to be just the right mix.
Pour dressing on top of cheese. Spread like you're frosting a cake.
Finished product...on top...
...and from side. Pretty! Makes a beautiful presentation.
Cover and refigerate preferably overnight. Immediately before serving mix thoroughly. Eat right away -- gets soggy and is not the same after a while. I do not usually have any leftovers of this to even put away but if you did it probably wouldn't be real good to keep, as once the dressing gets mixed with everything else it would make the lettuce soggy.
Hope you enjoy this family favorite.
*Note: Some people add a layer of chopped onions on top of the first layer. My family doesn't like it that way, so I do not add them. I include the 2nd layer of lettuce as one of my 7...so I still have 7 without the onions!