Traditional Paula Deen 7 Layer Salad Recipe

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Paula Deen 7 layer salad is made for a delicious side dish, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peas, boiled eggs, homemade dressing, cheddar cheese, and bacon. It is a favorite make-ahead dish for potlucks and cookouts.

Paula Deen Seven Layers Salad

To make the Paula Deen 7-layer salad, start by adding layers of lettuce and tomatoes, followed by purple onions, cooked and crumbled bacon with a sweet mayo-based dressing, and cheddar cheese for an added kick.  

If you’re a longtime lover of layer salad, you can swap romaine lettuce with the iceberg for a more flavorful and nutritious salad. You can also add in extra veggies for color and crunch. Besides, use Greek yogurt and honey instead of adding mayo to the dressing.

This guide will help you walk through every step of Paula Deen 7 layer salad recipe. Let us dive into making this cool and crispy salad recipe that complements all the food. Refer to the link for Paula Deen recipes.

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What Equipment Will You Need To Make Paula Deen 7 Layer Salad?

  • Food Processor – Chop the purple onion and shred the cheddar cheese in a food processor into chunks for layering the salad.
  • Skillet – Put bacon stripes in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, occasionally turning, until evenly browned.
  • Mixing Bowl – Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and salt, stirring until smooth.
  • Paper Towel – Drain cooked bacon slices on paper towels; crumble and set aside for layering.
  • Spatula – Toss the creamy dressing with a flat-surfaced spatula over the layers of the salad. 
  • Glass Dish – Place chopped romaine lettuce in a large glass dish; top with a layer of chopped veggies.

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Paula Deen 7 Layer Salad?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
15 Minutes15 Minutes30 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Paula Deen 7 Layer Salad?

  • Romaine Lettuce – Romaine lettuce is the lettuce of choice in Paula Deen’s recipes, and it has a mild, sweet flavor that compliments many foods. 
  • Tomatoes – Dice the tomatoes in a food processor and scoop out most of their seeds to give a sweet-sour flavor to the salad. 
  • Green Peas – Green peas are a great addition to this salad, complementing the sweetness of the salad.
  • Purple Onion – Chop the onion into small pieces to serve a slightly milder flavor to the salad.
  • Bacon – Crispy, smoky bacon is a must-have component of this salad, and bacon also helps make this salad more filling. You also can swap the bacon for diced ham for a similar effect.
  • Sour Cream – Some cooks love mixing sour cream for a tangier dressing.
  • Mayonnaise –  Plain, good-quality mayo is perfect for adding a little sugar, making salad slightly sweet.
  • Cheddar Cheese – With a sharp buttery taste, cheddar is an excellent component of this seven-layer salad that compliments the mild flavors.
  • Salt – Add salt to maximize the crispness and flavor by causing them to release water from the veggies. 
Paula Deen 7 layer salad

Steps To Make Paula Deen 7 Layer Salad

1. Chop-Chop Veggies 

Start by chopping the purple onion into small pieces. You can use a knife, but an easier way is to use a food processor. 

Dice the tomatoes using a food processor. Slice off your tomato’s top and bottom ends, then cut each into four slices lengthwise. Scoop out most of their seeds.

Chop your lettuce into chunks for a salad. Hold the lettuce to cut from the leafier end first and chop it into one-inch or bite-sized chunks. 

Thaw frozen green peas to use in a recipe by putting them in a sieve and running them under some cold water. Shred your cheese using the food processor to add it to the salad.

2. Let’s Start With Salad

Place bacon stripes in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until evenly browned for about 10 minutes. Then drain the bacon slices on paper towels; crumble and set aside.

Now place chopped romaine lettuce in a large glass dish; top with a layer of chopped purple onion, thawed peas, shredded cheddar cheese, and cooked and crumbled bacon.

3. For The Dressing

In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and salt, stirring until smooth. Spread evenly over the layer, sealing edges, and refrigerate until chilled.

Nutritional Information

Cslories387 kcal
Total Fat33 g
Saturated Fat10 g
Cholesterol 51 mg
Sodium667 mg
Carbohydrates 10 g
Fiber2 g
Sugar6 g
Protein15 g
Vitamin C11 mg
Calcium243 mg
Iron 1 mg
Potassium264 mg

How Will Paula Deen 7 Layer Salad Look And Taste Like?

Bright, crunchy, and colorful, this easy Paula Deen seven-layer salad recipe is a fun blast from different layers. It is an incredibly simple salad spread evenly over the top to “seal in” the ingredients. 

Recipe Card

traditional paula deen 7 layer salad recipe

Paula Deen 7 Layer Salad Recipe

This salad recipe is for Paula Deen 7 layer salad, which means you'll need seven layers of ingredients plus some extras like parsley. It is creamy, refreshing, and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Chef’s Delight
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 387 kcal

Equipment

Food Processor
Skillet
2 Mixing Bowls
Paper Towel
Spatula
Glass Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce (chopped)
  • 6 slices Bacon (cooked crisp and crumbled)
  • 4 Tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
  • 500 g Green Peas (thawed)
  • ½ cup Purple Onion (sliced)
  • cups Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Salt

Instructions
 

  • Start by chopping the purple onion, dice the tomatoes, and chop your lettuce into chunks for a salad.
  • Thaw green peas and shred your cheese using the food processor to add it to the salad.
  • Place bacon strips in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until evenly browned about 10 minutes.
  • Drain bacon slices on paper towels; crumble and set aside.
  • Now place chopped romaine lettuce in a large glass dish; top with a layer of chopped purple onion, thawed peas, shredded cheddar cheese, and cooked and crumbled bacon.
  • In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and salt, stirring until smooth.
  • Spread evenly over the layer, sealing edges, and refrigerate until chilled.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 667mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 1mg
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Conclusion

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a 7-layer salad made of?

This traditional seven-layer salad is made with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peas, boiled eggs, homemade dressing, cheddar cheese, and bacon. 

How long does layered salad last?

The salad will stay fresh for 24 hours if the layers are intact. However, if you dig into the salad, the layers get a little mixed, and the lettuce may wilt the longer you keep it. So we prefer to eat any leftovers the same day.

What is the main dish that goes well with a seven-layer salad?

This easy salad recipe will go well with summer foods like grilled chicken, smoked turkey, or chicken burgers are some of our favorites.

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