Sunday, February 9, 2014
Layer salads are always popular and I'm really not sure why I've never made one before now. Probably because a tossed salad is faster and takes less planning and work. But that doesn't mean that a layer salad is a lot of work. It's really not. You just layer your ingredients instead of tossing them and put a special "layer salad" dressing on top.
Since my mom asked for the recipe exactly as I made it, that's what I'll give here. But this recipe can be tweaked and changed to fit your personal tastes. I wouldn't leave out the peas though. Even my pea hating husband loves this salad peas and all.
Heidi's Layer Salad
3 Hearts Of Romaine, chopped (This is the center part of a head of romaine lettuce and can be bought in packages at my local Meijer. Firm, crisp lettuce is very important to this salad so it doesn't collapse and go limp.)
4 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
1 large cucumber, halved and sliced thin
2 Cups Colby Jack cheese, finely shredded
1/2 pound turkey bacon cooked and chopped
3 Cups frozen peas
2 Cups Mayonnaise
1 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Tbs Sugar
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
Layer the first six ingredients in order in a bowl.
For the dressing, combine Mayo, Sour Cream, Salt, Sugar, Garlic Powder and Onion Powder. Pour this over the top of the salad and smooth to cover evenly.
Cover and refrigerate 2 hours to over night.
That's it. Pretty simple really. And honestly, I doubt I will make it the same way twice other than the dressing. Also, I would have preferred real bacon, but I forgot to buy real bacon. I had a coupon to get the turkey bacon really cheap, so had planned to pick up both kinds of bacon. Whoops!! And everyone raved about the salad even with the turkey bacon.