Seven Layer Salad

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  • For Easter, my family came in town from Florida and my sister also flew up from Dallas. It was their first time to come visit Chris and me in Kansas, and the first time for them to see our house. We wanted to do a few things that have been traditions in our household for holidays, and the one thing I really wanted to make was my grandma Nanny’s seven layer salad.

    Seven Layer Salad
    If you’ve never had this, it’s wonderfuly fresh with lots of greens, then a thin layor of mayo, some cheese and beautiful chopped bacon.
    Grandma Nanny is my mom’s mom and she and my granddad still lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She made this a lot for holidays when I was growing up, and I particularly remember it around Easter time. I asked her for her recipe back in college {before I even cooked at all} and she wrote it for me on this cute little recipe card with a picture of a girl on the front.
    I hadn’t seen the card in a while and actually thought that I lost it. Until one day a few weeks ago, I was looking thgough old cook books and it slipped out of one. I was so excited I started jumping up and down! :) Sometimes it’s the little things in life!
    Seven Layer Salad
         adapted slightly from Grandma Nanny
    Shredded lettuce
    1/2 C chopped celery
    1/2 C chopped green bell pepper
    1/2 C chopped green onions
    1 can water chestnuts, drained
    1 10 oz package frozen peas
    About 1 C light mayonnaise
    4-6 oz shredded cheese, your choice
    8 strips bacon, cooked and chopped {I used thick cut, pepper bacon}
    In a large, clear glass bowl, layer in this order:
    Layer the lettuce half way up the side of the bowl. Layer on the celery, then the green peppers, then the onions, then the water chestnuts. For the peas, you can just run a little water over them in a strainer or colander to knock the chill off of them. Add the peas to the salad, then the layer of mayonnaise. I just used enough mayo to cove up the peas. Next add the cheese layer, then the bacon. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 8 hours.
    *** Nanny said that she doesn’t add the bacon to the top until she is ready to serve the salad. Also, she said that you can make this the day before serving it. {We had it for leftovers the second day and some liked it even better!}
    Chris’ parents and sister also came over to celebrate with us and they said that they have had this salad and it was called Governor’s salad.
    My sister, Jenny, also wanted to make my great grandmother’s rolls. She had our younger sis, Meredith, help too. Aren’t they pretty?!
    We also made my Zesty Ranch Potatoes….
    ……and a few yummy drinks.
    I am so grateful that my family and in-laws were able to come celebrate the first holiday with us in our new home. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter with friends and family! xoxo
    • Mrs. Schwartz @ Mrs. Schwartz’s Kitchen

      Yum! I love Seven Layer Salad! I love that you have the recipe in your grandmother’s handwriting! I cherish the recipes I have from my grandmother, if I can read the cards or not! : ) Happy Easter!

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        It’s funny that you said that….her handwriting is so pretty that sometimes I can’t read it! I just have to kind of guess in some spots, then I usually go back and figure it out! :) Love it!

    • April S.

      It all looks sooo good! I love the recipe card too – I have a couple of recipes and a bunch of notes and cards my great-grandma wrote me and I love them. I love 7-layer salad but never made it myself. Hubby doesn’t like mayo but I’m thinking sour cream would be good.

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Sour cream is a great idea! I was thinking about doing a Southwestern version of this salad and sour cream would be perfect for that!

    • Pineconelass

      I love to make 7-layer salad. It always gets rave reviews. I like to add a layer of shredded carrots.

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Carrots are a GREAT idea! The post before this one is some Asian style meatballs and I added shredded carrots right into the meat ball mixture. YUM!

    • From Valeries Kitchen

      I love this post! You and your sisters are adorable! I have some of those old recipe cards too and they are gems. Love layered salads like this one. So old school but so good. The bacon on the top layer is a great addition!

    • Carolina HeartStrings

      Looks like a great salad! I love this recipe. Wonderful family pictures.