Today, we're bringing it back to the good old days with 7 Layer Salad, a Southern favorite that was always a part of our summer get-togethers when we were kids.
You’ll need the following ingredients :
For the Salad:
8 ounces of center-cut bacon
4 large eggs
2/3 cup chopped red onion
8 cups of chopped romaine lettuce from about 2 romaine hearts (12 ounces chopped romaine) 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
1 (10-ounce) package of frozen peas thawed
2/3 cup freshly shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese use yellow cheddar for the most color contrast
For the Dressing:
1 1/4 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt use low fat or whole for a more decadent salad
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
How To Make 7 Layer Salad?
Cook the bacon and break it up or chop it. Cover the red onion with cold water in a small bowl. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then drain and pat dry.
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil, then add the eggs. Using a slotted spoon, put the eggs gently into the boiling water. Change the heat to keep a slow and steady simmer. Let the eggs cook at this low, gentle boil for 8 minutes, or until the yolks are just a little bit jammy (or cook up to 9 minutes for fully set yolks). Make a large ice bath while you wait. With care, use the slotted spoon to move the eggs to the ice bath. Use the back of the spoon to gently break the shells, and then put them back in the water (this makes them easier to peel). Peel, then cut.
To make the dressing, mix the Greek yogurt, Parmesan, honey, vinegar, salt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Taste it and change the seasonings as you like.
Place the romaine on the bottom of a LARGE, flat, clear serving bowl. You want to be able to see the layers and spread them out evenly. A trifle bowl works well if you have one.
Next, layer the salad, making sure each layer is spread out evenly. Start with the red onions and tomatoes.
Put in the eggs and peas.
Spread the dressing over the top in a uniform way. The cheese goes on first, then the bacon. Put in the fridge for at least an hour (or overnight).