Seven-layer salad may be the perfect party food because it can be made a day in advance. The ingredient list is flexible for example you could add a layer of marinated artichoke hearts or tomato or shredded carrots or avocado or pickled beets or shredded meat, seafood, etc. The basic ingredients are:
- chopped lettuce
- hard-boiled eggs (half-dozen)
- thawed frozen peas (10 ounce bag)
- shredded cheese
- grated onions (red ones are nice)
- mayonnaise (between 1-1/4 and 2 cups depends on the size of the top of the bowl)
- crumbled bacon
Layer the lettuce on the bottom of a large glass bowl, a trifle dish is perfect because all the layers are visible. I was going to add a layer of avocado chunks which had been doused in lemon juice to preserve their color and freshness but every one of the dozen avocados I had were rotten.
Add hard-boiled egg slices around the inside for decoration and add the remaining chopped eggs.
Add a layer of grated cheese; I’m using a combination of Swiss and Gruyère.
I spread a layer of very finely chopped (or grated) red onion. Half an onion was plenty since it seemed to be strong.
Top it off with mayonnaise (to which 2 tablespoons of sugar have been added) to tightly seal the top of the bowl. Make sure the mayonnaise is spread so no openings remain around the rim. I used about 1-1/2 cups for this bowl. This is the step which permits the salad to stay fresh overnight.
Crumble bacon over the whole thing. (That’s a pound of bacon, folks.)
At the party toss all the ingredients together.
What’s on your party menu? Do you experiment with ingredients or stay to the basic recipe?