The Perfect Layered Salad

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The Perfect Layered Salad! With pretty layers of fresh vegetables, bacon and cheddar, I love to bring this to any gathering!

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This is the Perfect Layered Salad!  Not only is is gorgeous, it tastes amazing!  This salad has a simple homemade buttermilk ranch dressing which tastes both light and fresh.

Layered salad is easy to make and wonderful to bring to any gathering.  The great thing about this recipe is that it’s extremely versatile!  If you have other veggies you’d like to add or replace, pretty much any veggie works great!  Once in a while I add a can of water chestnuts for some crunch or chopped chicken to make this into a main dish!

While I’ve made this in a lovely trifle dish, it works wonderfully in a 9×13 glass dish as well.



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Perfect Layered Salad

A perfect combination of layers dressing with a delicious homemade dill-ranch dressing makes for a gorgeous salad!

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  • 4 cups romaine lettuce , chopped
  • 2 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 2 cups frozen peas , defrosted (uncooked)
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes or sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cups iceberg lettuce , chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup carrots , shredded
  • 1 cup celery
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon , cooked crisp and crumbled


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Layer romaine, cabbage and peas. Top with 3/4 cup dressing.
  3. Layer tomatoes, lettuce, green onions, carrots & celery. Top with 3/4 cup dressing.
  4. Add cheese & bacon.
  5. Refrigerate until serving.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

10 comments on “The Perfect Layered Salad”

  1. Yum! This made me hungry. Thanks for sharing at Mz Helen’s Full Plate!

  2. This looks AMAZING, Holly! DELISH! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us this week!

  3. Looks good! I think I could just eat this for dinner! I will have to give it a try!
    I’m hosting a linkup and would love for you to stop by!

  4. Your salad is delicious looking. I can see it at a big get-together or for our next barbecue.


  5. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you enjoy your New Red Plate and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  6. this is much easier in a 9 x 13

  7. We’re having a busy weekend, full of family and fun. I offered to bring salads to two events. I made this one, yesterday, and it was such a hit, that my husband asked me to make it, again, today! This is going into my regular rotation!

  8. Can you make this the day before?

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