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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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix Cheddar cheese and mayonnaise together in a small bowl.

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  • 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.

  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until salad is chilled, at least 30 minutes.

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.

Nutrition Facts

507 calories; protein 15.5g 31% DV; carbohydrates 9.8g 3% DV; fat 45.9g 71% DV; cholesterol 61.6mg 21% DV; sodium 898.7mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2014
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2014
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. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2014
Much better with a half cup "or more" of sugar (or Splenda) mixed into the mayonnaise before icing the salad with this dressing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2014
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2017
Everyone loved it served it at a huge going away get together! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2020
I make this recipe but I put the tomatoes on top of the salad and cover it with Mayo. Then I add the cheese and bacon. The mayo seal the tomatoes and helps to flavor them and it adds to the salad. Sometimes I sprinkle a little seasoned salt over the tomatoes before covering, but just a little. This salad lasts forever in the fridge as leftovers if you don't mix it in the bowl and just cover it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2019
No peas so used frozen broccoli No olives so used fresh mushrooms Added minced onion and garlic powder and ground pepper to cheese and mayo Next time might do 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 mayo to cut calories and maybe some hidden ranch seasoning Read More
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