Southern 7 Layer Salad in a Mason Jar


Makes 6-8 mason jar salads (or one large 7 layer salad)
- 5 cups lettuce, washed and chopped (I use romaine or butter lettuce)
- 8 slices thick cut bacon
- 1 yellow (or red) onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cups frozen peas, partially thawed
- 8 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
- 1/2 cup mayo (I like Duke's)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- -mason jars (16-21oz work best for entree size) or bowls for serving


For dressing: in a small bowl mix together mayo, sour cream, sugar, and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.
Meanwhile cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool then dice into bite size pieces.
Dice eggs into bite size pieces with a knife or egg slicer.
To plate: I like to serve mine in large mason jars (21oz) for presentation as an entree. But can also be arranged in bowls or a large trifle dish. Add a couple spoonfuls of dressing in the bottom of the jar, top with chopped lettuce, onions, red bell pepper, peas, egg, and bacon. You can screw a lid on top of jar, shake, and then eat out of the jar or pour into a bowl and enjoy!


I have always been a fan of 7 Layer Salads so when my friend Lora gave me her recipe, I couldn't wait to make it at home. Most of the time this Southern salad is presented in a large glass trifle bowl so you can see the colorful {and tasty} layers. I didn't have a trifle bowl but mistakenly thought a punch bowl would work. I tried....and failed. Future reference: punch bowls are waaaay too big {unless you want a salad for a big ol'
group}! So I compromised like I often do in the kitchen and used a mason jar. I have pretty glass mason jars in numerous sizes and I just love the idea of making personal salads in a jar! You can simply put the dressing in the bottom or top of the salad, seal with a lid, shake, and when you take the lid off you can eat right out of the jar. So cute for outside parties and picnics, right? Or you can always do as my husband did and pour right into a bowl {guess he wasn't impressed with my pretty layers!}.
Hope you enjoy this 7 layers of deliciousness in a cute little jar!

Other Names:

salad, picnic food, layered salad, cookout


6-8 servings


Friday, July 25, 2014 - 7:21pm


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