By Kevin Williams
Seven layer salads are popular among the Amish during the summer, a staple at church gatherings and potlucks. I’ve always enjoyed them with their hearty layers of peas, lettuce, cheese. I’m not sure I’ve ever stood there and counted the layers and it’s possible someone corner-cutting cook has shorted me on a layer from time to time, but I do enjoy the salad.
Interestingly, someone in my family found my late grandmother’s seven layer salad recipe. I wanted to share it with you. It is written in her hand. Not sure what year, but looks like it was written, guessing by the yellowing paper and her handwriting, maybe 40 years ago. Possibly longer. If you can decipher the recipe on the paper and want to make it, let me know how it turned out Otherwise, you can try the Amish recipe below that comes from an Amish woman in Kentucky. The recipes are, as you’d expect, quite similar.
SEVEN LAYER SALAD
1 lg head of lettuce
1 bag of frozen peas
1 lb. of bacon (fried crisp and crumbled)
1 lb. cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 med. sweet onion chopped fine
8 hard boiled eggs
Dressing for top:
3 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
about a half a teaspoon of mustard
dash of salt
Layer in order given and pour dressing mix over top.
Refrigerate over night.