I have a Layered Spring Salad to serve alongside your ham for your Easter menu and or for your next family gathering, potluck, or barbecue!
Seven-layer salads were popular in the South in the 70s and 80s at potlucks and church socials and have recently started to make a comeback. The best part about this type of salad is you can build the layers to suit your taste, assembling ahead of time, refrigerating 4 hours to overnight.
The dressing layer goes on top of the salad to help seal the ingredients and keep them fresh. I chose to layer the cheese and bacon on top of the dressing since I think it’s prettier that way, but adjust and build the layers and ingredients to suit your taste!
To dress it up for Easter or spring, I used some cute cookie or pie crust stamps. I have several sets of these for the seasons, used to decorated hand pies/empanadas, a Pumpkin Cheese Ball and Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel Pie. I picked this set up at Walmart a couple of weeks ago for less than $3.00.
I attempted to use them on slices of cheddar cheese, but the cheddar was too hard for the cutters to stamp an impression. I ended up with American cheese which was soft enough for the details to show and placed the bunnies, chicks and eggs around the bottom of the trifle bowl next to the layer of lettuce.
This of course is totally optional, like wearing your Easter bonnet to the sunrise service :)
Some of the traditional ingredients that make up a seven-layer salad are lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, sweet peas, hard-boiled eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and bacon. I used romaine, sliced radishes, matchstick carrots, chopped eggs, peas (frozen, partially thawed), grape tomatoes and a layer of cheddar and bacon on top of the dressing layer. Assemble in a clear glass bowl or trifle bowl so you can see the colorful layers, placing your ingredients along the perimeter of your bowl. Start by placing your ingredients along the outside first and if find yourself running short on ingredients for a layer, you can add more lettuce in the middle of your salad.
The traditional dressing for a seven-layered salad is a combination equal parts sour cream and mayonnaise mixed with a tablespoon or two of sugar to taste. I used 1/2 cup each of light sour cream and mayonnaise. You can add some herbs or seasoning to dressing if you like, or substitute your favorite dressing. A buttermilk ranch dressing is good this layered salad too, make sure it’s thick and creamy!
Let everyone help themselves, scooping through the layers of the salad or toss the salad before serving.
Wishing you a Happy Easter!