Nana's 7-Layer Salad Recipe -
Nana's 7-Layer Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Nana's 7-Layer Salad

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"This colorful 7-layer salad has made numerous appearances at our family gatherings over the years. My Nana has no shortage of delicious recipes from appetizers to desserts that she has passed down to me since I began cooking. This salad is not only yummy, but it's so quick and easy to prepare and definitely one of my all-time favorites!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    50 mins


  1. Mix Cheddar cheese and mayonnaise together in a small bowl.
  2. Pat lettuce into an even layer in the bottom of a large glass serving bowl. Layer tomatoes, black olives, peas, and water chestnuts, respectively, into the bowl. Spread Cheddar cheese mixture over the water chestnuts layer; top with bacon.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until salad is chilled, at least 30 minutes.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • Concentrate the ingredients of each layer at the perimeter of the serving bowl to create a colorful and eye-catching salad. Fill any remaining space in the middle of each layer with more lettuce.
  • You can save time by using packaged crumbled bacon pieces instead of cooking your own.

Reviews More Reviews

Sep 02, 2014

Needed more bacon and the canned water chestnuts added a nasty flavor. I will be omitting those. Pure mayonaise is not my idea of a dressing for a salad.

Jul 28, 2014

Much better with a half cup "or more" of sugar (or Splenda) mixed into the mayonnaise before icing the salad with this dressing.

Nov 20, 2014

I have been looking for this recipe. I can remember eating this salad as a little kid in the 1970's. I will be replacing the water chestnuts with green onions and the black olives with parmesan cheese to give it some kick. Sure to be yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 45.9 g
  • 71%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 15.5 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 899 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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