By Kevin Williams
This Amish summer seven-layer salad recipe is popular and a staple at church gatherings and potlucks. I’ve always enjoyed them with their hearty layers of peas, lettuce, cheese. So you’ll love the Amish seven-layer salad recipe below. 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. (here are some other great Amish church salads!)
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 seven-layer salad recipe below that comes from an Amish woman in Kentucky. The recipes are, as you’d expect, quite similar.
I remember my grandmother making this recipe. It’s easy to assemble, with the ingredients available either fresh from your garden or your supermarket’s freezer. Even some Amish with freezers will cut corners and use frozen peas in this. This dish is often hastily assembled for a funeral gathering or quick picnic so having frozen veggies is a good way to cut corners.
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.