7 Layer Salad

7 Layers of Goodness in this delicious layered Salad. This recipe isn’t only delicious, but is easy to customize and is great to make ahead of time too!

This 7 Layer Salad is one of our favorite recipes to bring to brunch or picnics. It’s just as easy and tasty as our famous potato salad, pasta salad and broccoli salad.

7 Layers of Goodness in this delicious layered Salad. This recipe isn't only delicious, but is easy to customize and is great to make ahead of time too!

Perfect for Holidays + Picnics

We LOVE to have salads prepped and ready for special days.

From holidays, to brunches to showers and picnics – we love to have a large variety to choose from. One of our go-to’s is this 7 Layer Salad that comes with a homemade dressing.

It’s simple, can be made ahead of time and is easy to customize based on the ingredients you love most. Oh yeah – and it’s gorgeous served in a glass trifle dish. It’s definitely a family fav and one we love to make for special occasions.

7 layer salad dressing

7 Layer Salad Dressing

We prefer a homemade dressing for this salad because it’s easy, quick and yummy.

To make it, just whisk together the mayo, sugar and vinegar. Refrigerate until you’re ready to top it on the salad.

As always though, you can use whatever dressing you’d like. Ranch, Italian or a vinaigrette would all be great. If you are using a dressing that is more runny, you may want to toss the salad. If it’s creamy, it can be added on top as a layer and should set fine without having to be tossed.

How to make a 7 layer salad

How to Make 7 Layer Salad

Now just because a salad has 7 layers doesn’t mean it’s a “7 Layer Salad”. The traditional 7 layer salad recipes that I’ve seen all include lettuce, peas, tomatoes, cheese, bacon, and a mayo type dressing.

There’s only one layer that seems to differ from recipe to recipe. Many recipes, like mine, use broccoli florets, but I’ve also seen boiled egg or chopped celery. Whatever you choose to use be sure the flavors are complementary and the colors contrast each layer. 

Our layers: And in the order we layered them (which is totally by choice).

Romaine Lettuce: I prefer romaine lettuce.The green is vibrant and the leaves are soft, but any lettuce you like will do.

Grape tomatoes: An uncut grape tomato just seems a little too big for the salad, so I half mine. You can also use diced roma tomatoes or dice any tomato you have from your garden.

Peas: Do not use canned peas. Frozen peas work wonderfully. You don’t even need to cook them! You can also use freshly shelled peas from your garden. 

Cheddar cheese: Classic Cheddar is my favorite with this recipe. It tastes great with the dressing and other ingredients, but you can easily try using your favorite cheese. I’ve noticed many people like to add Parmesan Cheese. 

Broccoli: I like to add broccoli florets. I always have them on hand and I like the flavor and texture they add.

Dressing: This creamy dressing is great for all kinds of green and vegetable salads. The dressing itself can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Bacon: Store bought bacon bits can be used, but I prefer to cook my own. I especially like to bake my bacon in the oven. Once cooled I’ll use kitchen scissors to make my bacon bits. Bacon bits can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

7 layer salad recipe

Recipe FAQs + Tips

How to serve 7 layer salad? To toss, or not to toss? Honestly, I serve with a long handled spoon and let each person dig deep.

Can you make this ahead of time? This is a great salad to prep and layer in advance. I will pre chop the ingredients and store them in separate containers in the fridge. I’ll layer the ingredients anywhere from 2-10 hours in advance. Just be sure to spread the dressing over the entire top and right up to the edge of the bowl. This will “seal” in the ingredients underneath. Cover and store in the fridge until serving time. 

What to serve this salad with? So many options, but here are some of our favs:

Severn layer salad in trifle dish

We know you’ll love this salad as much as we do. It’s so simple and always a hit with everyone!

For more salad recipes, check out:

7 Layer Salad Recipe

5 from 11 votes
Deliciously customizable 7 Layer Salad is filled with just the right amount of goodness. It's perfect to make ahead!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 667 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 1/4 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 large head romaine lettuce
  • 1 (10) package frozen green peas thawed
  • 1 package grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 cups broccoli chopped
  • 10 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
  • green onions optional


  • Make dressing by whisking together mayo, white sugar and vinegar
  • Have all ingredients prepped, ready and laid out.
  • Grab a large, flat bowl or trifle dish and layer the lettuce on the bottom followed by the tomatoes, then peas, cheese and then broccoli.
  • Top with dressing followed by the shredded cheese and bacon crumbles. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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  1. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite salads to bring anywhere & eat!! It has so many delicious ingredients & is colorful, which is crowd pleasing!

  2. 5 stars
    I have to say my favorite salad of yours is the easy tortellini salad. This salad is a close second. However, presentation is easily the winner though- Very pretty salad and yummy!

  3. 5 stars
    This has become one of my fAvorite salads! It’s easy to make plus its so Healthy and delicious. I highly recommend this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve always enjoyed layered salads. There so easy and colorful. Plus, you can make them ahead oF time.

  5. 5 stars
    I had never made a layered salad like this and it was so beautiful! The layers look gorgeous in my trifle bowl. Can’t wait to make it again!!

  6. 5 stars
    My mom used to make this, and I haven’t had it for years. Thanks so much for the recipe, I loved it just as much as I did back then!

  7. 5 stars
    This was my late MIL’s favorite salad. She made it for every single special occasion. This salad brings back so many wonderful memories for me! Love this salad. It’s so delicious and unique! And looks so pretty in those glass bowls!