Apr 072015

When I asked my sister-in-law what I could bring to our Easter dinner, I was told all was covered off except a salad or vegetable.  With a simple main course of pineapple ham and scalloped potatoes, I decided to make a classic layered salad. With so many crunchy vegetables in it, there would be no need for another vegetable dish!  I love making (and eating!) layered salads.  For this one, I added a cream dressing with avocado added.

Classic layered Salad with Avocado cream

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

Layered Salad Variations

I have been making layered salads for years.  The beauty of a layered salad is you can add whatever you want or have on hand making each one unique.  Some popular items I DID NOT include are:

  • chopped hard boiled eggs
  • spinach
  • green onions
  • shrimp or shredded chicken
  • shredded cabbage – red or green
  • mushrooms

I have also seen Mexican and Asian versions.  The sky is the limit.

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

I started with a mixture of ripped iceberg and romaine lettuce.  I also mixed in some parsley and topped it with a light layer of slivered red onion.  Many people add a thicker layer of onion but personally, as much as I love the flavour, I find it over powering.

Classic layered Salad with Avocado cream

MIxed lettuce with parsley and topped with red onions

I followed the green layer with a layer of colourful red peppers.

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

Over the lettuce and onion, I added a colourful layer of diced red peppers.

Peas seem to be a staple in layered salads.  In fact some recipes call them “Seven-Layer Pea Salad”.  I almost always include peas.  I love the texture and freshness they provide.

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

Thawed frozen peas are classic in this type of salad.

Afer the peas, I added a layer of a combination of chopped celery and cucumber.  I put them together because I didn’t really want enough of either to make it a noticable layer.  Instead, I decoratively arranged the cucumbers along the then filled the layer with chopped veggies.

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

Pea layer was topped with cucumber and celery followed by shredded carrots.

The Avocado Cream dressing tops the layers.  It is important to smooth the dressing right out to the edges to seal the  layers underneath to keep them crisp. For this salad, I used light sour cream, mayonaise, mashed avocado with a splash of lime juice.

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

Avocado Cream dressing seals the veggies under it.

I do love cheese!  So this salad received a nice thick layer of mixed shedded cheese!

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

Cheese layer

The topping consisted of crispy crumbled bacon (second favourite after the cheese), seeded and diced fresh tomatoes and sliced green onions. 

The bowl was then tightly covered in saran wrap and refridgerated for a few hours to meld the flavours.  This also give you time to walk the dog, shower, style your hair before you leave!

TOMATOES:  some recipes make a tomato layer further down but I find it can make things soggy, even if seeded.  In fact, I added the tomatoes jsut before we left the house.

Covering and refridgerating the completed salad for a few hours
or overnight is essential to meld the flavours.

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

Toppings of Bacon, Tomato and Green Onion

So pretty!

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

Love the colours!

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream

This style of salad never ceased to impress! AND you make it ahead of time.

These salads are great for picnics and potluck meals.  I also see numerous pinterest posts where they are made in mason jars.  I need to try that sometime!

Do you make Layered Salads?

What’s your favourite must-have ingredients? 

I hope you had a joyful Easter weekend
filled with family and great food!

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Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream
Serves 12
A delicious make ahead salad filled with crunchy vegetables and a variety of textures. The best feature of this recipe is you can adapt it to include as many of few layers as you want and vary the ingredients to your taste.
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Prep Time
40 min
Prep Time
40 min
For the Avocado Cream Dressing
  1. 2 mashed avocados
  2. 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  3. 1 cup low fat sour cream
  4. 1 cup low fat mayonaise
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
For the Salad
  1. 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  2. 6 cups of salad greens (iceberg or romaine or a mixture) ripped
  3. 1/2 cup of chopped parsley
  4. 2 red peppers, chopped
  5. 2 cups of rinsed frozen green peas (they will thaw in the salad)
  6. 1/2 an English Cucumber, sliced or chopped
  7. 3 celery stalks, chopped
  8. 3 carrots shredded (2-3 cups)
  9. 3 cups of shredded cheese (cheddar or your choice)
  10. 3 green onions, chopped
  11. 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
For the Avocado Cream
  1. Mash the avocado and lime juice in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in sour cream and mayonnaise.
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Set aside or refridgerate
For the Salad
  1. Cook the bacon, drain, allow to cool and crumble. Set aside.
  2. Mix lettuce with parsley.
  3. Beginning with the lettuce followed by layers of peppers, peas, cucumber, celery and carrots.
  4. Top these layers with the Avocado Cream dressing, smoothing right to the edge to seal the layers below.
  5. Add the toppings of bacon, green onions and tomatoes.
  6. Cover tightly with saran wrap and refridgerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  1. Personally, I find a tomato layer can make it mushy so I add it just before serving as a topping.
  2. I also really love this salad with a layer of chopped hard boiled egg.
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  44 Responses to “Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream”

  1. This looks so pretty! 🙂

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  2. Not only is it pretty but It’s healthy & yummy!

  3. that’s pretty neat

  4. What a beautiful layered salad… it looks scrumptious! We love layered salad here. 🙂

  5. This looks so tasty. I love the dressing too! I’m going to have to make this.

  6. Looks yummy! Pinned to my food board. I’m stopping by from Two Uses Tuesday. 🙂

  7. Layered salads are so good. I am ready for salad season too. Your salad looks almost too pretty to eat but I’d dig in anyway! Stopping by from Nanna’s Wisdom.

    • Thanks Shirley for dropping by and commenting. THat layered salad was a hit at our Easter meal with plenty of leftovers! I hope you stop by again or follow me!

  8. Nice! looks so refreshing! I’ll bet if I made that salad, i could get the guys to eat salad cause it just looks so darn good! found at paula’s hop

  9. I’ve actually never had a layered salad but it looks like I’ve been missing out big time. I can’t wait to try this! Pinned 🙂

    • Hi Katie. Layered salads no only look nice, they are delicious. The ingredients stay nice and crunchy (except tomatoes) for a day or more. It’s kind of fun to literally dig into the bowl. As I said for ou Easter dinner, it was the only veggie dish other than scalloped potatoes!

  10. This looks so delicious and pretty.

    • Hi Trish! Thanks for dropping by to comment! if you have never tried a layered salad, you must some time soon! It’s easy, make ahead and very crunchy and healthy!

  11. This looks so unbelievably good! And I would much more preferred to have a dish like this for lunch than the PB&J I had. Bookmarking this one, and I don’t cook unless I have to.

    • Hi MB! Thanks for taking time to comment. As for lunches, check out all the Mason jar layered salads on Pinterest. I personally have not tried the individual Mason jar version but I plan too soon. I think you can make a few and they keep for a couple days. And yes, way better than PB & J. LOL

  12. This looks far too delectable to eat ! 🙂

    • Hi Deb! If you have a glass trifle bowl, this really is a pretty dish and oh so yummy! Thanks a bunch for stopping by to comment!

  13. I love this, and am pinning for future reference. We love salad and do a salad bar at home often, this would be perfect for us. I am also gluten free and this fits the bill with the homemade dressing! Excited to make one. Thanks.

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  15. This looks so good! You got the veggies AND the salad covered in this dish. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesday last week; you were our most popular link! I’d love to have you join us again this week.

    • Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I have been making these salads for years but lately I have forgotten about them. It really was the perfect salad and veggie at our Easter meal… and easy shmeasy! Let me know how yours turns out!

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  18. This salad looks amazing! Pinned! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  23. Hi Joan,
    Your salad looks awesome and makes me want some….right now!! Really like the sound of that dressing too,
    gonna have to try this salad for sure.
    I have a layered salad that I make too, and there is rarely any leftover……..I love things that you can make ahead
    for holidays that way you are not in the kitchen all day cooking. Layered salads work great for that.
    I call mine 24 hr. salad and I have tried to make it and let it sit in fridge for just 8 hrs. and it just does not taste as
    good as when you do it for the 24 hrs., so can see why they call it that.

    I use romaine or a spring mix
    frozen peas
    water chestnuts
    bell peppers
    parmesan cheese
    bacon bits
    and Mayo

    Been making it for years, I only make it for special holidays like Christmas and Easter. So no one gets tired of it
    that way and they are looking forward to it as well……………..

    Thanks for sharing this great looking salad,
    Blessings, Nellie

    • Hi Nellie. Thanks for dropping by and commenting and sharing your version. I’ll have to try some of your ingredients next time!

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  25. What a beautiful salad. Just love it! Love also the avocado in the dressing. Thank you for linking at Snickerdoodle and for the inspiration. Hope to see you again! Pinned!

  26. That salad looks so good! I want some right now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Idea Box!

  27. Joan, just a heads up that I am featuring this tomorrow at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Hope you’ll drop by!

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  29. This is beautiful way to serve an ordinary salad. I’m a kitchen gardener, so I’ll have plenty of veggies to use this summer. Please link up your post on my Sunday’s Best linkup. I’m always looking for recipes, crafts and DIY inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  30. I love the colors and the layering!! It’s gorgeous! I love layered salads, too. They are so tasty. I’ve never tried one with avocado cream. Can’t wait to give it a try! I found your post at Inspire Me Mondays!

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  32. This looks absolutely delicious and oh so photogenic! Perfect for family barbecues. My family has a layered salad recipe with bacon, peas, Ranch, and more; it’s a family favorite. I may need to add avocado in next time because that would be even better. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  33. Such a beautiful salad! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us – you’re featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I’m looking forward to what you share this week. 🙂

  34. I love layered salads, but have never topped them with avocado cream. Considering that I love avocados as well, I am going to have to try this.

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