Thursday, March 7, 2013

Layered Salad - YUM YUM YUMMY!

Truly, this is the easiest thing in the world, the hardest part of this is the prep, and that's not even a big deal!  But this dish packs a wallop if you have been asked to bring s dish to pass and there's never a tiny bit left!

Of course, you can add or delete any ingredient you like, and a glass bowl is an absolute must! I love this bowl because the sides are nice and high, highlighting all of my pretty layers.

Here's how this is done:  I"m not going to be super specific as far as amounts, or types of veggies, so that you can use your own creativity.  

Layered Salad

Lettuce (I use romaine mixed with dark leaf lettuce)
Green pepper
Carrot ( I use my peeler to make ribbons)
Roma tomato (seed these)
Frozen sweet peas (OMG DON'T use canned peas!)
Hard boiled eggs ( I added 5)
Sharp cheddar cheese
Bacon bits (make your own or use store bought REAL bacon bits
Sour Cream 
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan cheese.

Let's build our salad

First, prep all veggies.  Once everything is chopped, peeled, boiled, and ready to go, begin assembling!
Here, I layered, in this order, lettuce, carrots. tomatoes, peas, green pepper, more lettuce, cheese, eggs, bacon and then my dressing.

In between each layer, add a bit of salt and pepper, not too much. Press each layer down, make this nice and compact.

To make your dressing (again, make to your own preference, taste as you go along), I used  a cup and 1/2 mayo, a cup and 1/2 sour cream, two tbsp sugar (really, don't skip this), and 1/4 tsp salt and a good amount of freshly cracked pepper.  

Spread this generously across the top, sealing at the edges.  Cover and let this sit in your fridge for 8 hours.

When ready to serve, add more grated sharp cheddar, pepper, and some fresh parmesan.

You could also add some croutons.

My husband doesn't care for onions, but I love a sprinkling of red onion, adds lots of color and flavor.

I hope that this inspires you to try your own recipes, I would love to see photos of your creations!

Happy salad making!

Namaste _/\_


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