23 Layered Salad Recipes that Really Stack Up (2024)

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23 Layered Salad Recipes that Really Stack Up (1)Caroline StankoUpdated: Feb. 02, 2024

    Treat your family to something special with one of these gorgeous salads! From layered veggies to taco toppings, and even gelatin, these layered salad recipes are as beautiful as they are delicious.


    Make-Ahead Hearty Six-Layer Salad

    This salad is an all-time favorite. I reach for the recipe whenever I need a dish to pass. It’s easy to make, can be assembled ahead of time and looks great. —Noreen Meyer, Madison, Wisconsin

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    Tropical Layered Chicken Salad

    This is a fresh and delicious recipe that is a big hit whenever I take it to a potluck—it's always the first to go! —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas

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    Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad

    The simple citrus and poppy seed dressing in this fruit medley really dresses up the refreshing mix of berries and melon. —R. Jean Rand, Edina, Minnesota

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    Colorful Cornbread Salad

    When my garden comes in, I harvest the veggies for potluck dishes. I live in the South, and we think bacon and cornbread make everything better, even salad! —Rebecca Clark, Warrior, Alabama

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    Layered Grilled Corn Salad

    This has been a go-to dish for me throughout the years. It's great as a side or can be served for a light lunch in lettuce cups, with warm crusty bread. —Angela Smith, Bluffton, South Carolina


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    Red, White 'n' Blue Salad

    Our striking "flag" salad drew plenty of attention at our Independence Day party. The shimmering stripes are formed with distinctive gelatin layers. It makes you want to salute before spooning some up! —Laurie Neverman, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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    Potluck Taco Salad

    I found this recipe in an old school cookbook, and I've taken it to many potlucks since then. The layers look so pretty in a glass bowl. —Sandy Fynaardt, New Sharon, Iowa

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    Grandma's Spinach Salad

    With all its fresh ingredients, this pretty spinach salad was my grandma’s favorite. Even my little ones like it (but don’t tell them spinach is good for them)! —Shelley Riebel, Armada, Michigan

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    12-Hour Salad

    This recipe was Mom's scrumptious scheme to get her kids to eat vegetables. She never had any trouble when she served this colorful crunchy salad. Mom thought this salad was a real bonus for the cook since it must be made the night before. —Dorothy Bowen, Thomasville, North Carolina

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    Layered Garden Bean Salad

    For easy entertaining, cover and refrigerate the salad a few hours before guests arrive so you don't have to bother with last-minute assembly. Turn it into a light lunch by adding sliced rotisserie chicken, salmon or tuna. —Melissa Wharton, Cincinnati, Ohio

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    Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

    Salty pretzels pair nicely with the sweet fruit in this refreshing layered salad. It’s a family favorite that is a slam-dunk at potlucks. —Peggy Boyd, Northport, Alabama

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    Mexican Layered Salad

    Here’s another popular dish I like to prepare in advance, adding the cheese and chips just before serving. It’s a slightly different version of the traditional layered salad.—Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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    Layered Salad for a Crowd

    This salad is a favorite of my three sons. I took it to a luncheon honoring our school district’s food service manager, and she asked for the recipe. I like to make the dressing the day before so the flavors blend together. —Linda Ashley, Leesburg, Georgia

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    Layered Veggie Tortellini Salad

    Tortellini and a Parmesan dressing give this layered salad an unexpected twist. It's great for a potluck. —Dennis Vitale, New Preston, Connecticut

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    Southern Cornbread Salad

    To feed a crowd, especially when I want to make a good impression, I make this eye-popping cornbread salad. It’s beautiful in a trifle bowl. I love it in summer, when we can make it with our own garden produce. —Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri

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    Patriotic Gelatin Salad

    Almost as spectacular as the fireworks, this lovely salad makes quite a "bang" at our July Fourth meal. It's exciting to serve, and our guests loved the cool fruity and creamy layers. This salad really added to my patriotic theme. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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    Layered Broccoli Salad

    Everyone enjoys this simple salad with dinner. The layers look festive, and the crisp broccoli, sunflower seeds and bacon are a nice contrast to the chewy bits of dried cranberries.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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    Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad

    This layered salad is a family favorite from a church cookbook I've had for 40 years. The bacon adds a fabulous crunch. —Mary Brehm, Cape Coral, Florida

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    Layered Taco Salad

    I invented this taco salad to make my kids happy. Make it with ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken and it's equally good. —Betty Nickels, Tampa, Florida

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    Layered Cornbread Salad

    When the garden comes in, we harvest the veggies and layer them with cornbread and sweet relish for this snappy salad. Everyone wants seconds. —Rebecca Clark, Warrior, Alabama

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    Favorite Layered Salad

    This salad offers the best that summer produce has to offer, and it looks so beautiful layered in a glass bowl. It's almost too pretty to dig into…almost! And it's perfect for potlucks. —Jodi Anderson, Overbrook, Kansas

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    Originally Published: March 01, 2018

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    Caroline Stanko

    Caroline has been with Taste of Home for the past seven years, working in both print and digital. After starting as an intern for the magazine and special interest publication teams, Caroline was hired as the third-ever digital editor for Taste of Home. Since then, she has researched, written and edited content on just about every topic the site covers, including cooking techniques, buzzy food news, gift guides and many, many recipe collections. Caroline also acts as the editorial lead for video, working with the Test Kitchen, videographers and social media team to produce videos from start to finish.When she’s not tip-tapping on a keyboard, Caroline is probably mixing up a killer co*cktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooking up a multi-course feast (sometimes all at once). Though she technically lives in Milwaukee, there is a 50/50 chance Caroline is in Chicago or southwest Michigan visiting her close-knit family.

    23 Layered Salad Recipes that Really Stack Up (2024)


    What is 7 layer salad made of? ›

    This 7-layer salad looks great in a large glass bowl. I usually make it with bacon, lettuce, red onion, pea, Cheddar cheese, and cauliflower but you can vary the type of onions, cheese, etc. There's never too much because everybody loves it!

    What are the 5 basic types of salads? ›

    The five basic types of salad are green salads (tossed or composed), bound, vegetable, fruit, and combination. The five basic salads that can be served throughout the course of a meal are starter, accompaniment, main course, intermezzo, and dessert.

    What are 5 types of other ingredients that can be used for salads? ›

    Other salad ingredients

    Other common ingredients that you can add to your base of salad leaves are: Cucumber, tomato, radish, carrot, beetroot, peppers, cabbage, sweetcorn, onion, olives, celery and avocado.

    What is ambrosia salad made of? ›

    Ambrosia Fruit Salad

    The best Ambrosia Salad recipe is made with pineapple, mandarin oranges, yogurt, mini marshmallows, coconut and whipped cream. This easy side dish has a delicious tropical sweetness and is always a crowd favorite!

    What are 5 components of a satisfying salad? ›

    5 Steps to a More Satisfying Salad
    • Use fresh ingredients. ...
    • Use ingredients that add different textures. ...
    • Create balanced flavors. ...
    • Skip the greens. ...
    • Include protein to make salad more filling.
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    What are the three 3 keys to a quality salad? ›

    freshness of ingredients. the ingredients blend together in harmony. appealing to the eye.

    Which salad is most often used slightly sweeter? ›

    Romaine lettuce is most frequently used in Caesar salads and other salads. It has a slightly sweeter, bolder flavor than crisphead, which adds a mild burst to salads and sandwiches.

    Which is not an important factor to consider in salad preparation? ›

    Answer: Of the four factors given, (c) arrangement of food is the least considered in salad preparation. Explanation: Salad as an appetizer, is known as a mix of ingredients (usually cold) that are appealing to both the eyes and the palate.

    What is the most requested salad dressing? ›

    Ranch Dressing

    The ranch is hands down America's most beloved salad dressings. It is made from a number of ingredients such as buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, onion, chives, salt, and pepper.

    What are the big salads the Kardashians always eat? ›

    If you haven't heard of Health Nut, you probably known them more famously as the “Kardashian salads” that they are always eating/shaking around on their show (in case you aren't a fan of the show, the Kardashians' go-to order is the Chinese chicken salad and the mango iced greentini).

    What is the most popular salad dressing in the world? ›

    Most Famous Dressings in the World
    1. Ranch Dressing. The ranch is a salad dressing or dip made with buttermilk, salt, garlic, onions, herbs (dill, parsley, chives, etc.), and spices (mustard seeds, black pepper, paprika, etc.) ...
    2. Fry Sauce. ...
    3. Chermoula. ...
    4. Blue Cheese Dressing. ...
    5. Thousand Island Dressing. ...
    6. Italian Dressing.

    What is the healthiest salad dressing? ›

    Oil and vinegar.

    In general, dressings with fewer ingredients tend to be healthier. And it doesn't get any simpler than oil and vinegar. “This is a great option, because it won't have any added sugar or salt,” says Allers.

    What is the history of the 7 layer salad? ›

    This classic seven-layer salad is thought to have originated in the 1950's in the South where it was referred to as seven-layer pea salad. Although there have been variations since the 1950's the basic structure of the salad as remained the same.

    How many calories are in a 7 layer salad? ›

    Seven-layer Salad (lettuce Salad Made With A Combination Of Onion, Celery, Green Pepper, Peas, Mayonnaise, Cheese, Eggs, And/or Bacon) (1 cup) contains 7.3g total carbs, 5.7g net carbs, 25.9g fat, 5.6g protein, and 281 calories.

    What is the main ingredient of bound salad? ›

    Bound salad: ingredients such as meat, poultry, fish, egg, or starch such as potato, pasta, or rice and bound with mayo. Vegetable salad: cooked and/or raw vegetables (coleslaw); can be bound with mayo or mixed with vinegar/oil dressing.

    How to make a weekly salad? ›

    Salads that stay fresh all week use separate containers for toppings and dressing to keep crunchy foods crunchy. Prep the toppings and dressing so the entire salad will be ready to grab when needed – just mix the containers together before eating. Meal prep salad is a lot like building a salad you'd eat right away.


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