Seven Layer Salad

This easy-to-make seven-layer salad is a classic for good reason. Yet this version is a game-changer.  We all have that one person we need to keep an eye on when bacon is involved! Because these are made individual-sized, everyone gets equal portions of the delicious layers of veggies, cheddar, and bacon!

Individual-sized seven layer salad topped with shredded cheddar and bacon slices on a small white round serving plate.

Salads, like casseroles, are great dishes to add (and remove) ingredients you and your humans prefer.  We’re big on onions in this house, so I added two varieties to this recipe.

When interchanging ingredients, focus on liquidity.  Ask yourself if your component will make it too wet or too dry.  Chopped olives patted dry would be a great addition to this salad.  Red peppers from a jar would be too limp and soggy.  Gorgonzola crumbles would benefit this salad, whereas sour cream would not.  Have fun making these recipes into your favorites!

Individual-sized seven layer salad topped with shredded cheddar and bacon slices on a small white round serving plate.

Seven Layer Salad

Foodie de Froid
Servings 8 people
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
This easy-to-make seven-layer salad is a classic for good reason. This version is a game-changer. Because it's made in individual-sized portions, everyone gets equal portions of the delicious layers of veggies, cheddar, and bacon!
5 from 1 vote


Lettuce Mix

  • 1 head lettuce shredded
  • 2-3 tbsp mayonnaise

Layering Ingredients

  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup green scallions sliced
  • 1 cup celery ribs diced
  • 12 ounces frozen peas thawed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese freshly shredded fine
  • ½ pound bacon baked and cut into strips with scissors


  • Place each mold on a flat plate, bowl scraper or metal sheet pan with no sides. This is important so you can slide the mold onto your serving plate when you're ready to plate the salad.
  • Combined the lettuce and a few tablespoons of mayonnaise until just wet. The goal is to help keep the lettuce from falling apart when you unmold the salad. You don't want to make it soggy. Less is better in this instance.
    1 head lettuce, 2-3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Spread the lettuce evenly in the bottom of the mold filling halfway. Evenly distribute and top with the red onion, scallion, and celery. Finish with a layer of peas.
    ½ cup red onion, ½ cup green scallions, 1 cup celery ribs, 12 ounces frozen peas
  • Evenly distribute and spread the mayonnaise over the peas with an offset spatula. Distribute and sprinkle the mayonnaise with the sugar and cover it with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and no longer than six in the lower portion of your refrigerator (coldest).
    1 cup mayonnaise, 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • When ready to serve, carefully slide each mold onto a serving plate. Garnish with cheddar cheese and bacon. Serve immediately.
    1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, ½ pound bacon

Kitchen Equipment

8 3 ½" round stainless steel molds


This recipe can be made up to 6 hours in advance.  If doing so, add the cheddar and bacon just before serving.
Follow the instructions skipping step #2 (adding mayo to the lettuce) to make one large salad and layer the ingredients into a glass salad bowl.  Using glass allows your guests to see the pretty layers.  
Feel free to interchange ingredients adding your favorite veggies and cheese varieties.
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Calories 405


Serving: 8gCalories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 9gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 504mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5003IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon, easy, frozen peas, holiday, homemade, party, picnic, quick, smoked cheddar
Have you made this recipe? We'd love to hear how it was!

De Froid Tip: Molds and Cutters

As you gain confidence in your cooking skills, molds and cutters are fun yet practical kitchen gadgets that can be used in various ways.  If kept properly, they can last a lifetime.

Stack up salads and sides for individual-sized eye-catching portions.  Mold refrigerated and frozen desserts like a pastry chef!  Use the fluted edge of a cutter to make homemade crackers or dog biscuits.  Your imagination is the limit to creating masterpieces using these drawer-sized gadgets.


Round and square stainless steel molds on a wooden cutting board with a handle on a large stamped metal round tray.

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