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Seven-layer 30-minute salad

Seven-layer 30-minute salad

A Rainbow in Every Bite: The 30-Minute Seven-Layer Salad

Calling all salad lovers! This Seven-Layer Salad is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. It's packed with a variety of colorful and flavorful ingredients, all layered to create a stunning presentation. Plus, it comes together in just 30 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight side dish or a light and refreshing lunch option.

Ingredients:

  • The Savory Base:

    • 1 pound bacon - Crispy bacon adds a delightful salty and smoky flavor to the salad.
  • The Fresh and Crunchy Elements:

    • 1 large head iceberg lettuce, rinsed, dried, and chopped - Iceberg lettuce provides a refreshing and crisp base for the salad.
    • 1 red onion, chopped - Chopped red onion adds a bit of bite and sharp flavor that complements the other ingredients.
    • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen green peas, thawed - Thawed green peas add a pop of color and sweetness to the salad.
    • 1 cup chopped cauliflower - Chopped cauliflower adds a healthy and satisfying crunch.
  • The Creamy Dream:

    • 1 ¼ cups mayonnaise - Mayonnaise forms the base of the creamy dressing.
  • The Cheesy Trio:

    • 10 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese - Cheddar cheese adds a classic and sharp cheese flavor.
    • ⅔ cup grated Parmesan cheese - Grated Parmesan cheese adds a salty and nutty complexity to the dressing.
  • The Sweet Touch (Optional):

    • 2 tablespoons white sugar (not mentioned in original recipe) - A touch of sugar balances the other flavors in the dressing and adds a subtle sweetness.

Instructions:

  1. Crisping Up the Bacon: Begin by cooking the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until it's evenly browned and crispy. Remove the bacon from the heat and crumble it into small pieces. Set aside for later.

  2. Building the Beautiful Layers: In a large, shallow bowl, create the first layer with the chopped iceberg lettuce. This will be the base of your colorful salad.

  3. Adding Layers of Flavor: Next, create subsequent layers with the chopped red onion, thawed green peas, shredded cheddar cheese, and chopped cauliflower. Each layer adds a unique flavor and texture to the salad.

  4. The Finishing Touch: Finally, sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the top of the salad as the last layer. This adds a delightful salty and smoky element.

  5. Creating the Creamy Dream: In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese, and a touch of white sugar (if using) until smooth and creamy. This will be your delicious dressing.

  6. Dressing Up the Salad: Drizzle the creamy dressing over the top of the assembled salad. Be sure to drizzle it over the rim of the bowl to ensure even distribution.

  7. Chilling for Perfection: Cover the salad with plastic wrap or transfer it to a container with a tightly sealed lid. Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes, or until chilled. This allows the flavors to meld and the dressing to slightly set.

  8. Serving a Colorful Delight: Serve your Seven-Layer Salad chilled and enjoy the explosion of flavors and textures in every bite!

Tips:

  • For a vegetarian option, simply omit the bacon. You can add chopped walnuts or pecans for extra crunch.
  • If you prefer a lighter dressing, you can use low-fat mayonnaise or Greek yogurt instead.
  • Leftover salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. However, the dressing may cause the lettuce to wilt slightly, so it's best enjoyed fresh.

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