Ranch 7 Layer Salad

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7 Layer Salad is delicious easy salad recipe loaded up with fresh veggies and lettuce topped with an delicious creamy dressing. 

In this easy seven layer salad, we often add in leftover chicken or turkey to make it a complete meal and use a flavorful ranch style dressing!

 7 Layer Salad with fresh veggies and a homemade ranch dressing

The Perfect ‘Make-Ahead’ Salad

It’s a definite crowd pleaser, everyone seems to love a good seven layered salad which is the perfect dish for every potluck!  They’re easy and taste great, everyone seems to love them.  The best part is that you can make them way ahead of time (overnight is best)!

I’ve made a traditional salad in a trifle dish but learned it was so much easier to serve when placed in a 9×13 pan!  You get bits and bites of every little ingredient with less digging and more digging in every bite!  

Single Serving of Seven Layer Salad on Red Plate

7 Layer Salad Made With Buttermilk Ranch

A lot of layered salads call for a simple dressing made of mayonnaise and sugar but I prefer to add in fresh herbs to give it more flavor.  My favorite dressing is this homemade Buttermilk Ranch (I could actually drink it, it’s that good) so I created a version of the ranch dressing to add to this salad. You can make this with any kind of creamy dressing like Blue Cheese Dressing.

If you’d prefer, you can substitute a traditional layered salad dressing as well!

Traditional 7 Layer Salad Dressing

A traditional 7 layer salad dressing isn’t much more than mayonnaise and sugar. We add a little bit of sour cream for some tang and salt but both of those are optional.

If you’d like, add in fresh herbs (dill, parsley or basil are all great choices).

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (or to taste)

Serving 7 Layer Salad out of a 9x13 pan - a simple and quick potluck dish!

Let’s Use Those Leftovers!

This recipe is great with leftover proteins added to it, anything from turkey to leftover Roast Chicken or even ham are delicious in this recipe!

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Review Recipe

Ranch 7 Layer Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Salad
Cuisine American
This Ranch 7 Layer Salad is loaded up with fresh veggies and a creamy ranch style dressing! It’s a definite crowd pleaser!


  • 8 cups iceberg lettuce or romaine
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas defrosted
  • 1 bell pepper red or yellow diced
  • 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

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  1. Place the lettuce in 9×13 dish. Layer remaining vegetables.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients and spread over lettuce. Top with cheese and bacon.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours) before serving.

Recipe Notes

To make this a meal, add in 2 cups of leftover ham, turkey or chicken.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 324, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 340mg, Potassium: 277mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 14g, Vitamin A: 3195%, Vitamin C: 29.1%, Calcium: 167%, Iron: 1.2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Ranch 7 Layer Salad is loaded up with fresh veggies, leftover turkey and a homemade ranch style dressing! It's a definite crowd pleaser!
7 Layer Salad is a favore recipe with layers of lettuce, peas and bacon. The dressing is a very simple ranch dressing for a perfect meal or side! #spendwithpennies #7layersalad #madeaheadrecipe #potluck #potluckrecipe

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  1. Why does this recipe pull up under Keto? You can’t do sugar on keto and peas are not a good vegetable because they are so high in carbs.

  2. Yup, this salad sounds delish, BUT 12 servings from a 13″ x 9″ dish equals about the amount (per serving) which you’d serve to a 5 yr. old! Let’s be realistic….I see this as 6 servings (for most adults), so calculate the Nutritional Info X 2. Also (personally) I would use light mayo & light sr. cream OR light Greek yogurt in this recipe.

    1. Glad you enjoyed this recipe! As a side dish, 3/4 to 1 cup of salad is a reasonable serving. If you are serving this as a main course, I agree, you’ll definitely want to serve larger portions.

  3. I made this over the weekend. I had houseguests in town for my daughter’s baby shower and I wanted a make-ahead dish that did not require heating as people would be eating at different times. I served this with soft tortillas and most ate it as a chicken wrap. (I used a rotisserie chicken from the deli.) I will be making this again at their request but I think I will make a second batch of dressing to serve on the side for dipping.

  4. Love the tip about putting it in a 9 x 13 dish!! Always have loved this salad but didn’t like digging to the bottom of a tall bowl.

  5. Oh my gosh I love that there’s bacon on top! Love the flavors here, I’ve only seen Mexican and Greek versions of 7 layer dips. Fun idea!