Seven Layer Overnight Salad

November 17, 2017 | Lori's Life, Recipes

As a child of the 70’s, I ate this salad a lot. It was honestly one of the only salads that I really enjoyed. As an adult I have discovered that a lot of people somehow missed out on this culinary delight/trend in their own childhoods… such a shame. It is super simple and easy to make and super tasty. It is also the perfect potluck dish. I just took it last month to a potluck at our stables/barn.


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce – washed and chopped
  • 1 cauliflower – washed and chopped
  • 1 bag (10 ouunces) frozen peas – thawed
  • 1 lb bacon – fried until crisp, drained and chopped
  • 1 medium to large onion (yellow or red)
  • 12 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (the cheap stuff in the shaker)
  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise

Disclaimer: I never exactly follow instructions. Add more of things you like, use less of what you don’t. Also some people add a couple of tablespoons of sugar to the dressing. I don’t. I don’t think it needs it. 

Mix the last two ingredients (mayonnaise and parmesan cheese) together and set aside.

Layer everything else in distinct layers into a bowl deep enough to hold everything. Smear mayonnaise/parmesan cheese mixture on top so “seals” everything into bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

(I like to use something like this, although an extra large Rubbermaid container is great if taking this salad on the road.)

Toss right before serving.

It will be crunchy and delicious.

Get the bowl from Amazon.