Seven Layer Salad

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Seven layer salad is a classic dish that has been at many of our family get-togethers. Oh, and the flavor is to die for. This recipe is so simple, but it works. Its a large salad, so great for bringing to social events. If you are looking for another cold dish to try, check out my Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad.

A Salad with a Colorful Presentation

This salad is put together in….you guessed it….layers. In a clear bowl this makes for a wonderful colorful presentation. I do not currently have a clear bowl large enough for this awesome salad, but I made a small sample bowl just to show you what I mean. Excuse the imperfection in my layers in the sample bowl. The idea to take the photo was a bit late into the process.

Uncle Dan’s Ranch

In this recipe, I specify Uncle Dan’s Ranch. This is the BEST ranch packet hands down. Uncle Dan’s ranch is made here in Idaho, right near my house! (Sure, Hidden Valley Ranch packets are what the original recipe given to my mom from my Aunt Jan calls for….but……Uncle Dan’s Ranch was not an option back then.) Uncle Dan’s can be shipped, and trust me, you will want to stock up. Check out there amazing online store here!! Let me just say, you can see I am so passionate about Uncle Dan’s Ranch—and I am not even paid nor compensated to promote them! Because I love them, and only because….I give them my red lipped kiss of approval! (Figured that I had to get that disclaimer out of the way!)

The recipe calls for bacon bits, but I did not have any, so I used regular bacon, chopped. It works great. The great thing about this recipe is that it gives you substitutions. For example, bell pepper OR green onions…cucumbers OR zucchini.

7 layer salad

7 Layer Salad

This is a classic dish, packed with a lot of great flavors!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • cutting board
  • chopping knife


  • 1 head lettuce shredded
  • 4 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cucumber or zucchini sliced, then halved
  • 1 can whole kernel corn drained
  • 1 green pepper or green onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • cups mayonnaise
  • 1 packet Uncle Dan's Ranch mixed with the mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • bacon bits to your discretion


  • Chop all the vegetables.
  • Layer in the order of ingredients listed.
  • Top with the mayonnaise ranch mixture (basically frost the salad–trust me)
  • Add shredded cheese
  • Sprinkle with Bacon Bits


You can serve this dish right away, but I honestly think 2 hours is a perfect chill time. 
After about 24 hours, this salad is no longer party ready. The dressing really thins out at about the 24 hour mark. The leftovers are still delicious.
This dish is beautiful and full of color. If possible, I suggest putting it in a bowl that you can see through. The layers are lovely. 
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