Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Colorful Layered Salad

Remember the ever popular layered salad?

We are still crazy about it at our house. It is another popular holiday request and one of my personal favorites. (Yes, I do cheat a little on the holidays)

 Layered Salad
I head chopped iceberg lettuce with some chopped romaine leaves mixed in too.
4-6 grated carrots
1 pkg. frozen peas- defrosted
1/4 brick cheddar cheese, grated
1 bunch green onions, chopped finely
about 3/4 pkg.(entire pkg if you like) bacon, cooked and crumbled
Note: These are all rough measurements, nothing needs to be precise other than the dressing.

1 1/2 cup miracle whip (I use light)
4 1/2 Tbs sugar
Mix well with a whisk.

In a very large bowl (glass is nice, but not necessary) layer in the following order:
lettuce, carrots, peas, cheese, dressing, onions and bacon. Cover well and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving toss well. Mixing before serving time is not suggested as the salad will become soggy.

Here is a look as it is being put together, layer upon layer. 

I have a time saving tip to share - I prepare the ingredients for the layers all except for the chopped green onion, the night before (even the bacon) and store in zip lock bags in the refrigerator. Then in the morning I can make the layers super fast and chill until it's time for the meal.

Add the dressing, chopped green onion, and crumbled bacon and cover with plastic wrap and foil. Unless you want your entire refrigerator to smell like onions!

When it's time to eat, carefully mix all of the layers together. Toss, and toss, and toss....

Keep tossing and mixing until it looks something like this.  Mmmm.....and it's ready!   Dig in!

Leftovers tend to get soggy, so try to eat it up the first day. We serve it at our holiday afternoon meal and then have it with our snacks later that evening.

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