Layered Salad (Layered Overnight Salad), is the perfect easy side dish to make for dinner or take to a gathering - dinner party, potluck, bbq cookout, party, or holiday meal. A super easy salad that is made ahead of time, easily transportable and everyone gobbles it up!
The best part about this overnight salad is that you can make it your own, and substitute vegetables that you love. It is also a low carb and keto-friendly recipe!
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Quick and Easy Make-Ahead Seven Layer Salad
If you start counting you will see that is more than a seven-layer salad - it's actually eight! (if you include the dressing) 🙂 Seven Layer Salad is a traditional Southern dish that became wildly popular in the '50s.
The original recipe often had tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggs. Our layered salad has a more modern twist with artichoke hearts, black olives, and water chestnuts. Of course, you can substitute any ingredients you want (see below), but this is our family's favorite combination.
You can literally make this the day before and forget about it making it perfect if you are having company over, or head out the next day to a cookout/party.
If you are serving your family for a weeknight side dish, make it in a 13 x 9 pan and only take out what you want to eat. Mix the dressing on your plate. Once the dressing is tossed into the salad and mixes with lettuce, the lettuce will start to get soggy.
Again, as long as you don't mix your dressing into the salad you can make this salad for dinner then pack up a serving for your lunch the next day! I've done this many times and even added hard-boiled egg or diced chicken and made it a full meal. It couldn't be easier. Love it!
Family Friendly Recipe
I'm always on the hunt for family-friendly recipes! Luckily everyone in our loves salads, except for one of our kids. 4 out of 5 is not bad in our house! 🙂
A Healthy Side Salad That's Pretty
Of course, because this dish is loaded with vegetables it makes it a healthy side salad. Because there is mayonnaise and sour cream on top it will add fat. This is good if you are following a ketogenic diet, but if you want lower fat substitute light mayonnaise and light sour cream.
There's no denying that this is a pretty salad. If layering into a clear flat bowl or a trifle dish it will really show the layers and color variations of the vegetables. A perfect presentation to impress people!
Layered Side Salad For a Crowd
This salad serves from 10 to 12 people so it is a great layered side salad for a crowd.
This salad is built for potlucks and parties because it's so easy to make and it makes a dramatic presentation if you layer in a clear glass trifle dish or flat bowl!
Make It Your Own Layered Green Salad
Easily substitute veggies that you love! Great substitutes for the artichoke hearts and black olives are cauliflower and broccoli. If you don't love water chestnuts substitute celery. These both add a crispy crunch that's yummy. Tomatoes and cucumbers add a nice fresh taste also.
If you want more protein, add sliced hard-boiled eggs. If you don't like red onion, substitute sliced green onions. The more colors you use the more dramatic the layers in your dish too. Just play around and see what works for you!
Another thing I often do is mix in fresh or dried herbs to my dressing. My favorites are parsley, dill, and thyme. So good!
Here are some suggested substitutions:
- 1 can water chestnuts ⇒ 1/2 cup celery
- artichoke hearts ⇒ 1 cup broccoli or cauliflower florets (small florets), or 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- black olives ⇒ 1 cup broccoli or cauliflower florets (small florets), or 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
A Low Carb and Keto Layered Salad
20.5 g fat | 7 g net carbs | 6.7 g protein
This could definitely be considered a low carb and keto salad.
With 20.5 grams of fat, and 7g net carbs, and 6.7 g protein, it fits nicely in with a low carb and ketogenic diet. Yay! It is actually a meal on its own.
Peas do add some carbohydrates to this salad. However, the amount of peas per serving is only about 1 ounce. Peas have approximately 4 grams of carbohydrates and 1.6 grams of dietary fiber, so 2.4 net carbs.
Peas are included in the nutrition facts below. If the carbs are too high remove peas and replace them with another vegetable!
Want more low carb and easy keto dinner recipes? Check out my post Fast and Easy Dinner Ideas, (HERE)
Ingredients and Tools
Here are the ingredients that you will need to make layered overnight salad:
- 8 cups leaf lettuce, torn into pieces
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 10 oz frozen peas
- 1 (3 oz) can water chestnuts (sliced)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other favorite cheese) (reserve 1/4 cup for the top)
- 14 oz can quartered artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
- 2.25 oz can black olives (sliced)
- 1 lb bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled (reserve 1/4 cup for the top)
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup sour cream
Step by Step Instructions
Okay, this is so easy and good you will wonder why you have never made this before! 🙂 Here are the steps to make this easy layered overnight salad:
Prep And Assemble Your Ingredients
Cook your bacon, cool, and crumble. Wash your lettuce, remove excess water. I use a lettuce spinner which makes this process super easy (My lettuce spinner is HERE).
Tear lettuce into small pieces. Thinly slice your red onion. Drain the water chestnuts, artichoke hearts, and black olives. Roughly chop the artichoke hearts. Shred your cheese.
Layer The Salad Ingredients
This dish can be made in a 13 x 9 glass dish, a clear flat bottom bowl, or a trifle dish. For the prettiest presentation use a flat bowl or trifle dish to better show the layers.
For practicality's sake (it's still pretty), it is much easier to serve portions out of a 13 x 9, and the dressing distributes itself better - you don't even have to toss. Serve it as is.
In your dish of choice, layer all ingredients in the order of the recipe - lettuce first, then red onion, frozen peas, water chestnuts, 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese, artichoke hearts, black olives, and bacon.
Stir mayonnaise and sour cream together. Spread even layer over the top of the salad.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
You can serve as is, or I like to pretty it up by sprinkling a little grated cheese, bacon crumbles, and parsley (or other favorite herbs) over the top.
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